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SPEEA pilots meet with CR, manager
About a dozen SPEEA members in the Pilots/Instructors bargaining unit met at the Tukwila hall June 26. New Council Rep Jim Wilkerson hosted the meeting, which included an update on issues, questions from the members related to the contract and an opportunity to discuss issues with Steve Taylor, the new Boeing Flight Services chief pilot. Sean Leonard, SPEEA contract administrator, also answered questions. Wilkerson, an Associate Technical Fellow, just started a two-year Council term. At the member meeting, they recognized the services of outgoing Council Rep Dave Whitacre, who is still a member.
Convention/conference bring Council Reps together

SEATTLE – Coming together from fives states, Council Reps and other SPEEA activists focused on building the strength of the union at the SPEEA Convention and Leadership Conference, June 12-13.

Guest speakers included SPEEA’s international officers, IFPTE Pres. Greg Junemann and IFPTE Secretary Treasurer Paul Shearon, along with Mark McDermott, economic justice and labor educator, and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of

“We’re a stronger labor movement because of you,” said Junemann, addressing the Northwest and Midwest Council Reps at the convention. “I congratulate your spirit. When I leave here, I’ll be two feet off the ground.”

At the June 12 meeting, the SPEEA Council elected new officers to serve two-year terms. They are (from left): Theryl Johnson, chair, Nikki Wagener, treasurer, and Sandra Hastings, secretary. SPEEA Council Reps were seated last month, following elections for new two-year terms. 

See more conference photos at SPEEA’s Facebook site.

Area Reps to sign up for new terms by July 16

With the recent election of Council Reps, current Area Reps are encouraged to sign up for new 2015-2017 terms.  If you are an Area Rep who would like to recommit to a new term, email Aimée-Josiane Twagirumukiza at  and ‘CC’ your Council Rep.

Deadline: Thursday, July 16.

Area Reps are a vital part of successful communication between SPEEA leadership and our members. With upcoming negotiations, divestiture and other issues affecting our bargaining units, communication will play an even larger role.

If you’re a member who wants to sign up as Area Rep, talk to your Council Rep about the role and responsibilities.

Find your Council Rep

If you have any questions about the role or re-endorsing, contact April Rebollo at or Susanne Murphyat

Boeing and Spirit
In our contracts – holiday weekend overtime is voluntary
SPEEA contracts at The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems have language stating overtime must be voluntary on a holiday or the weekend which precedes or follows a holiday.

See your contract at or ask your Council Rep for a print copy. The language is in the following:
  • SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts: Letter of Understanding (LOU) 22
  • SPEEA Wichita Engineering Unit and Wichita Technical and Professional Unit contracts: Article 10.8(a)
Voting record on Fast Track

SPEEA joined the nationwide effort to oppose the Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track). The Fast Track legislation failed to address currency manipulation, which has caused the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs. With Fast Track, secret trade deals could be rushed through Congress.

SPEEA will continue to advocate on issues that affect jobs and workplace rights. Want to know more? Get involved in the regional and national SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committees.

Voting record – states/districts with SPEEA bargaining units 

Northwest Council STEM grant application

The application period for the SPEEA Northwest Council grants related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) runs 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. 

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!

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

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
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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: