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SPEEA members help students prepare for Kansas Best competition

SPEEA members serve as mentors on many school robotic teams in the Midwest and Northwest regions. Mentors shown here are assisting the Andover Central High School robotics team this week prepare for the Kansas BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition. The challenge involves building a robot to assemble a small scale wind turbine that must navigate an obstacle course. Shown here from left are; Ashley Fonger, Chris Fonger, mentor, Tanner Storment, Fabio Capovilla-Searle, Michele Capovilla-Searle, and team mentors Ron Engels and Tobias DiGennaro. The Wichita competition is Oct. 25. A full practice session is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Boeing employees seek answers
Meetings overflow in wake of Boeing's work movements

Employees at the Boeing Developmental Center in Seattle, left, and at Boeing Kent, right, have questions answered this week about the company’s decision to move thousands of defense jobs out of Washington state. The announcements leave thousands more engineers and technical workers worried about being laid off from Boeing. The standing-room meetings at both sites addressed questions about layoff processes, retirement, retention rating issues and job search resources. Additional meetings are planned.

Learn about meetings in your area by talking to Council Reps or visiting the Northwest Calendar at Information for represented employees facing possible layoff is also available on this website under 'Member Tools.'

How is the movement of work impacting you?
Boeing is moving work away from traditional locations and sending it elsewhere. Tell SPEEA what it means to you, your colleagues and your families. Complete and submit this .pdf form and share your experience.

Executive Board statement on Boeing defense work move 
The SPEEA Executive Board expresses extreme disappointment on Boeing’s announcement of additional BDS job losses in Washington state on top of reductions at CAS, BR&T and EO&T. We understand the issues and emotional impact this brings to our members and their families.

We are working with the company to find opportunities for our impacted members to find new jobs in BDS, BCA, EO&T and other locations. We continue to meet with the company to identify problems, share your concerns and reduce roadblocks. If you encounter issues with your job search at Boeing or have concerns, send a note to:

SPEEA is monitoring the company’s announcements and reviewing all WARN notices issued to employees to ensure the obligations and requirements of our contracts are met.

Ryan Rule
Bob Wilkerson
Jimmie Mathis

Joel Funfar
N.W. Regional V.P.
Michael Hochberg
N.W.  Regional V.P.
Brent McFarlane
N.W.  Regional V.P.
Earl Carter
M.W. Regional V.P.

Legislative and public affairs
Where do your political candidates stand on key issues?

The SPEEA national and Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs committees recently sent questions to all state and federal candidates on issues affecting our jobs.

More than 120 candidates responded. Their answers (unedited) are linked here to show where they stand on key labor and aerospace issues.

You will see both Democrat and Republican candidates as well as other parties’ candidates who responded. SPEEA does not endorse candidates nor donate to candidate campaigns.

Click here for candidate responses to SPEEA questions

Ballots are scheduled for delivery Oct. 21 to Washington state voters. Ballots are due Nov. 4 for both state and federal elections. Remember to vote!

Cesar Chavez movie night
Farm workers still fighting for fairness

Members, retirees, families and union friends who watched the film Cesar Chavez at union halls in Everett and Tukwila on Wednesday learned the struggles of farm workers have not ended.

Representatives from the United Farm Workers and Familias Unidas Para La Justicia told of their efforts to secure fair wages, eight-hour work days and a contract in Western Washington.

Today, farm workers at Sakuma Brothers in Skagit Valley, Wash., are facing threats, intimidation and mistreatment in their pursuit of a collective bargaining agreement.

Support the workers by boycotting Sakuma Bros. Berries, Driscoll’s Berries and Haagen Dazs strawberry ice cream.

Learn more about the Skagit Valley workers at: Boycott Sakuma berries.

Sign an online petition: Sakuma Bros. Farm: Do the right thing! We will not buy Sakuma bros. berries until the workers have a contract!

Help the stop the abuse of workers and animals: Learn more and donate to the campaign.


Council Rep Orlando DeLos Santos, right, talks with David Olivera, OPEIU, and Jose Rosado, ATU, in Tukwila after watching the film Cesar Chavez at SPEEA Diversity Committee movie night.

Members in Everett give Farm Workers a standing ovation.

October 3, 2014
Midwest region VP vacancy on SPEEA's Executive Board

WICHITA - With the retirement of Midwest Vice President Earl Carter this month, the Midwest Council will elect a member to fill the interim vacancy at its monthly meeting Nov. 13.

This interim term expires in March 2015 when SPEEA conducts its biennial election for all regional vice president positions on the Executive Board.

If you’re interested in running for Midwest VP and are eligible (continuous SPEEA membership for at least two years), see the Election Booklet for details. This includes the VP petition, which requires a minimum of 20 members’ signatures.

Click here for the Election Booklet for MW Interim VP.  

Washington's aerospace tax breaks need to focus on jobs
Appalled by the movement of engineering and pilot jobs outside of Washington and the extensive layoffs at Boeing and Spirit in Wichita, SPEEA leaders are pushing for the addition of corporate accountability in tax subsidy programs.

Tax incentives have economic value when they support well-paying jobs in our local communities. It is unfathomable that companies should benefit from massive public tax breaks only to move our jobs away and lay off engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists and other skilled workers.

SPEEA's position is that aerospace tax breaks must be contingent on creating living-wage jobs in local communities.

Northwest leaders signed an open thank you letter to Washington state elected officials who share SPEEA members’ frustration over jobs leaving the state. Many lawmakers have expressed urgency to add employment conditions to the state’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference measure, which is SPEEA’s key legislative issue.

The intent of the legislature to maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce is clearly stated in the aerospace tax bill (SB 5259) passed last November in a rushed special session. However, there are currently no requirements for companies to do so while benefiting from the largest state tax break in U.S. history. (continued)

Protect your rights by filing an individual claim
Age discrimination charges against Boeing

Following SPEEA’s class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members are asking if they’re covered by the charge.

SPEEA’s complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Washington State Human Rights Commission, was based upon the evidence that we had at the time of filing.

Although we believe we have identified a class of individuals being harmed by Boeing’s actions, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the EEOC. The link provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

SPEEA Office Support and Contract Administrator job openings

SPEEA is seeking applicants for multiple office support and contract administrator positions at our union halls.

The Office Support positions are part of a team responsible for all of the administrative functions required to run three union offices.  This includes membership processing/billing, interfacing with members/potential members, supporting meetings and collective bargaining sessions.  

Download the Office Support job posting

The Contract Administrator is responsible for membership recruitment and mobilizing, collective bargaining support, grievance representation, investigative interview (Weingarten) representation, and other duties as assigned.

Download the Contract Administrator job posting

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: