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Double-dipping continues: Boeing grabs $6 million from Oklahoma City for 900 jobs

The Boeing Company’s decision to move 900 jobs, primarily from Washington state, to Oklahoma City is the latest “thank you” to the state that is providing $8.7 billion in tax incentives to Boeing and aerospace suppliers.

By relocating the jobs to Oklahoma City, Boeing will receive $6 million in job creation incentives, reports The Oklahoman newspaper this week.

“This is one more example of Boeing double-dipping on tax incentives,” said SPEEA President Ryan Rule. “Just like when Boeing relocated jobs from the Puget Sound region to Missouri, the company will again receive tax breaks from two states without creating a single new job.”

While other states tied corporate tax incentives to Boeing increasing employment, Washington was not able to when legislators extended aerospace tax incentives during a hastily-called special session in November 2013.  

With the Washington Legislature back in session on Wednesday (April 29), SPEEA and IAM District Lodge 751 continue to seek a revision to the law that will require Boeing to maintain jobs in the state in order to receive the entire tax incentive. Legislation (HB 2147) sponsored by Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) is in the House Finance Committee awaiting action. Legislation (HB 1786) sponsored by Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac) to ensure aerospace jobs pay living wages is also awaiting action by the House Finance Committee.

Read the story in The Oklahoman newspaper

Read the opinion editorial in The Seattle Times by
SPEEA President Ryan Rule and IAM District 751 President Jon Holden.

NEW ACTION ALERT - Tell your Washington state legislators we need them to
support aerospace tax accountability before Boeing sends more good jobs flying away!

Members to law makers: Tie tax incentives to keeping our jobs before more are lost!
SPEEA and IAM 751 members brought their personal stories of work moving and job losses to Washington Legislators in Olympia on Wednesday (April 22). More than 30 state representatives and senators stopped by during their lunch to learn about the need to tie Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax incentives to maintaining jobs (HB 2147) and ensuring family wages (HB 1786).

About one dozen SPEEA and IAM 751 members talked with the elected officials. The bills await action by the House Finance Committee. The effort to bring accountability to the aerospace tax incentive will likely extend into the Special Session.

At right, SPEEA member Mike Arrington, left, and former SPEEA Treasurer Rich Taylor, center, talk with Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) about aerospace tax incentives not meeting the original intent to maintain and enhance the state’s aerospace industry.
Council Rep Tony Hickerson, center, talks with Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) and Rep. Gerry Pollet  (D-Kenmore). Hickerson expects to lose his job due to work moving out of the Kent Boeing plant. Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) listens to stories of lost jobs and work moving out of Washington from SPEEA Contract Administrator Bill Razeto, left, Northwest Vice President Brent McFarlane, second from right, and Rich Taylor, far right.
2015 IFPTE petition results
Members to vote for Northwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE VPs
Three candidates submitted valid petitions for two openings for Northwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE vice president. SPEEA will mail ballots to members’ homes by May 13. Ballots are due at SPEEA by May 27.

Northwest candidates*

  • Ryan Rule
  • Jimmie Mathis
  • Joel Funfar
Donna Lehane ran unopposed for the Midwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE VP.

A total of 15 members (unopposed) will go to the triennial convention in July on behalf of SPEEA. They will formally nominate and elect the SPEEA-Area VPs to serve on the IFPTE Executive Council.

Convention delegates

  • Roger Aisaka
  • Mike Arrington
  • David C. Baine
  • Sandy Hastings
  • Mohammed Riaz Khan
  • Richard Mahoney
  • Brent McFarlane
  • Judy A. Mogan
  • Dan C. Nowlin
  • Daniel Peters
  • Carrie Rule
  • Ryan Rule
  • Stan Sorscher
  • Nikki Wagener
  • Bob Wilkerson

*Names listed in ballot order determined in random drawing by the Teller Committee
Washington seeks parity with other states
Efforts continue to tie aerospace tax breaks to jobs, good wages
SPEEA, the Machinists and key legislators are watching the Washington House of Representatives Finance Committee for signs two bills addressing the lack of accountability in Washington's aerospace tax preferences will advance out of the committee.

With public hearings held last month before a packed audience, the next step needed is for the bills to make it out of the Finance Committee and onto the House floor for a vote.  A positive vote there sends the proposed legislation onto the state Senate for action.

Proposed by Rep. June Robinson, (D-Everett), HB 2147 will cut the size of The Boeing Company’s tax break as employment falls below the Oct. 31, 2013 baseline of 83,295 employees. If it falls by more than 5,000, the tax break is eliminated. As the chart at right shows, unlike other states, Washington's aerospace tax incentives do not require Boeing to create new, or even maintain existing job levels to receive the tax breaks.

A second bill, HB 1786, would establish wage standards for companies taking the aerospace tax incentive. Proposed by Rep. Mia Gregerson, (D-SeaTac), the bill requires companies taking the tax incentives to pay workers with three years of service the state median wage, currently $19.67 per hour.

Pressed by The Boeing Company in November 2013, Washington legislators extended $8.7 billion in tax incentives to aerospace companies during a special legislative session. Recent statewide polling showed likely voters overwhelmingly support amending the incentives to require Boeing to maintain jobs in Washington and ensure suppliers pay workers a living wage.

Boeing’s employment in Washington has fallen from 83,295 employees on Oct. 31, 2013 to 80,241 employees on Feb. 26, 2015, for a loss of 3,054 jobs since the incentives were extended.

The Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee awarded the prestigious “Friend of SPEEA” award to Rep. Mia Gregerson (D -SeaTac) and Rep. June Robinson (D - Everett) for their ongoing work to add accountability to Washington's aerospace tax incentives.
Learn about tax accountability
Voters support amending tax incentives
Other states tied aerospace incentives to jobs
Voters support tying wages to tax incentives
Tax Accountability Desktent
Archive: Past Aerospace Tax Incentive news

SPEEA Press Release: While securing
$8.7 billion in tax breaks, Boeing worked
16 efforts sending jobs out of state

Boeing's legal brief listing work
movements out of Washington

Read aerospace analyst
Scott Hamilton's recent column: 

Washington State: tie jobs-for-tax
breaks like other states do.

Northwest Council STEM grant application

The application period for the SPEEA Northwest Council grants related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) runs from April 1 through Aug. 15.

NW STEM grants are for non-profit organizations or institutions, with at least one Northwest SPEEA member participating (as a coach, mentor or parent).

STEM education grant application

For more information about the program see Northwest Policy VII: Subsection B.4.

Apply for Grant Review Committee
If you're interested in applying to serve on the grant review committee, send your name, email and school district to by June 15.

This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations.

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: