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Making spirits bright at SPEEA halls

Santa is coming to SPEEA Tukwila this Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pets welcome from noon to 2 p.m. Santa enjoyed visiting with 35 families at SPEEA Everett Dec. 2 - including SPEEA member Brady Mitchell’s family (Zach, 3, Bailey, six months, and Abbey). The event, hosted by the Northwest Membership Activities Committee (MAC) is free, but donations to the food bank will be accepted. 

Seeking candidates for Executive Board

SPEEA will conduct an election to fill the following Executive Board offices:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

 To be eligible, a candidate must be a member in good standing for the previous 24-month period.

Candidate instructions/petition

About the Board

The seven-member Board directs SPEEA’s activities through the executive director, prepares the annual budget and monitors expenses. Board members also serve as the team for any interim negotiations that may occur between formal bargaining sessions. The board members serve two-year terms.

Election committees need help

SPEEA is seeking candidates for the regional Tellers Committees, responsible for overseeing union elections and Council district delineation.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a regular SPEEA member in good standing for at least the past 12 months. Applicants cannot serve at the same time on the Executive Board, Council or Judicial Review Committee.

Apply for the 2018 WEU Negotiation Team

With the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) contract expiring Dec. 1, 2018, SPEEA is accepting applications from members in the bargaining unit for the Negotiation Team.

Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The committee interviews the candidates and makes recommendations to the WEU Bargaining Unit Council. The WEU Council Reps will consider the recommendations and vote to elect members to serve as the bargaining unit’s Negotiation Team.

Team members receive extensive training and work with SPEEA staff to identify and prioritize changes based on member surveys, case histories and market analysis.

The SPEEA WEU contract covers more than 950 SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems.

Watch for open enrollment confirmation
Click on
November Spotlite image to see Open Enrollment package!

For links to the SPEEA
open enrollment presentation, click here

If you’re in a SPEEA-Boeing bargaining unit, watch your mail for the Boeing confirmation of election (COE) letter regarding Boeing’s annual open enrollment. Among other things, your COE letter informs you which medical and dental plan you are enrolled in and which of your family members have coverage.

If there is a mistake, you have 20 days from the date on the COE letter to correct a mistake. You may correct mistakes by calling Boeing's Total Access at (866) 473-2016.

Outreach reaches thousands

Since this was the first time in nine years for significant medical benefit changes, SPEEA conducted an extensive campaign to inform members. In addition to more than 5,000 who attended live presentations at the workplace and SPEEA halls, about 6,000 tied into webinar presentations on the benefit changes. SPEEA staff also responded to thousands of questions submitted directly by members.


“We had a great Open Enrollment briefing today at the Boeing Thompson site,” said Dave Bickett, a systems engineer at the Boeing Thompson site in Seattle. “It answered all the questions I’ve been formulating as I prepare to sign up for the next year. This is a highly appreciated SPEEA service.”

First place Labor Media Awards
Spotlite wins for General Excellence among labor publications

The monthly Spotlite magazine, written and designed by SPEEA Communications, is this year’s First Place winner for General Excellence in the 2017 Labor Media Awards.

Presented by the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA), Spotlite won among labor unions with 10,000 to 30,000 members.

Officially presented during the ILCA’s awards luncheon and convention Oct. 20 in St. Louis, the award names Publications Editor Karen McLean, Graphic Designer Lori Dupuis, Communications Support Amber Musselman and Communications Director Bill Dugovich.

 “I'm proud of the fine work SPEEA staff do on a daily basis,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director. “It's wonderful when those efforts are recognized outside our membership.”

The annual ILCA competition receives hundreds of entries from throughout the United States and Canada. The General Excellence category requires unions to submit two issues of the same publication. The issues must be sequential.

 “This is a very special award because it comes from our fellow labor communicators and recognizes the work of everyone who has a hand in producing Spotlite magazine,” said Dugovich.

In past years SPEEA Communications received awards for Best Series and for stories on Labor History.

SPEEA mails Spotlite magazine each month to the homes of all SPEEA-represented employees. Members can also access the magazine by downloading the Spotlite app. The app is available for smart mobile devices by visiting on your mobile device. Links for downloading are at the top of the mobile site home page.


Eligibility extended two years
Trade Act Assistance available for laid-off Boeing workers

Workers laid-off by The Boeing Company in Washington state through August 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for training, income support, and other benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA or "Trade Act").

The eligibility dates were recently extended an additional two years as a result of a petition to the U.S. Labor Department by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 751 in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001. 

Laid-off workers will receive a letter detailing the benefits steps to apply for assistance.

Since Washington state extended the aerospace tax preferences (tax breaks) in November, 2013 to Boeing and the aerospace industry with the agreed intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce” more than 3,500 SPEEA-represented employees have been laid off by the company. The most recent figures from July show that overall Boeing has shed 15,828 jobs from its Washington state workforce since the tax breaks were extended.

Additional information to help members facing layoff is available on the following SPEEA web pages:

Contract benefit
Resume and job-search workshops available at Ed Wells Partnership

Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) recently added a number of resume and job-search workshops to its list of offerings. The workshops provide information about how to be successful searching for new jobs within Boeing.

Complete information and registration is available on the Boeing intranet
SPEEA Locations

SPEEA Headquarters
15205 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98188

Tel: (206) 433-0991
Fax: (206) 248-3990

Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everett Hall
2414 106th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204

Tel: (425) 355-2883
Toll Free: (877) 355-2883
Fax: (425) 355-9380

Office Hours:

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wichita Hall
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

Tel: (316) 682-0262
Fax: (316) 682-4668

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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