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Main Table negotiations kick off with Spirit
WICHITA - Negotiation Teams for Spirit AeroSystems and the SPEEA Wichita Technical & Professional Unit met to open contract talks today (Wednesday), Nov. 6.
Wichita Technical and Professional Unit - Nov. 8, 2019
WTPU negotiations continue – membership climbing

WICHITA – The SPEEA Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) Negotiation Team met this week on several
non-economic items with honest and open discussion.

While the team has yet to agree on language addressing the issues discussed, the dialogue appears fruitful and candid. 
The team expects to begin discussions on economics early next week, including salary management and medical benefits.  

Main Table talks with Spirit AeroSystems started Nov. 6.

New SPEEA membership applications continue to arrive at the SPEEA office. 

Support WTPU

·  Join – Sign up if you’re not already a member

·  Recruit – Encourage others to sign up for membership

·  Visibility – Wear a SPEEA shirt or button, and display a SPEEA desk tent 

SPEEA/Boeing Open Enrollment presentation available

Open enrollment, the time period each year when employees can change their medical plans, is Nov. 5 - 26 at The Boeing Company.

The updated video presentation explaining options available for SPEEA-represented employees is available on the website under the "Medical & Retirement" tab or click here. Additional information is in your November Spotlite magazine.

Self-evaluation does not apply to SPEEA members

The Boeing Company sent out an erroneous message today (Oct. 15) titled: "A Task Awaits You: Complete Self Evaluation for Performance Review - 2019."

This DOES NOT apply to SPEEA members. You DO NOT need to complete this task.  

However, it appears that because of bad software design, your manager cannot evaluate you until after something has been submitted by the employee. If you submit a blank self-evaluation, that should let your manager complete their tasks.

Once again, this self-evaluation IS NOT part of the SPEEA process.

Open house for new CREATE office in Seal Beach

Otniel Pavia, left, Randy Morgan, center, and John Williams are shown above at the newly opened office of California Region Engineers and Technical Employees in Seal Beach. They joined dozens of activists, community members and employees wanting to learn more about having a voice at the office’s open house Oct. 9.

SEAL BEACH, Calif. – Non-union employees in Southern California came together to celebrate their new office as efforts to build a union gain altitude.

Activists, community members and employees wanting to learn more about having a voice at work celebrated at the open house in Seal Beach, Oct. 9.

The new office coincides with growing momentum to organize professionals working at Boeing in Southern California.

Professionals at Boeing Seal Beach contacted SPEEA to help them form their union. The workers wanted to have a local identity and came up with CREATE (California Region Engineers and Technical Employees) to represent all technical and professional employees at the site.

SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis attended the open house along with staff, including Rich Plunkett, an experienced negotiator, and Matt Kempf, SPEEA’s senior director of compensation and retirement.

More labor support for CREATE

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) international union representing more than 63,000 members in the industry wrote a letter in support of CREATE’s organizing efforts.

Another letter of support came from the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) representing 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense.

Learn more and read the letters at

Memorandum of Understanding
SPEEA secures bonuses for 737 MAX work in Moses Lake

SPEEA-represented employees who take a temporary assignment in Moses Lake as part of the return to service of the 737 MAX will be in line to receive “completion bonuses” of 10% to 20%, as outlined in a recently negotiated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“It’s encouraging the company recognizes the need for the experience and expertise in our members to return the MAX to service,” said SPEEA President Joel Funfar. “Given the extended time members will be away from family, these bonuses are appropriate.”

The date for the 737 MAX’s return is still unknown. However, Boeing has publicly announced that preparing the idle aircraft to return to service will require temporarily assigning some SPEEA-represented employees to Moses Lake. The company also plans to hire some temporary employees for the work at Moses Lake. Boeing is currently parking aircraft at Moses Lake and plans to use the facility for work needed to return the 737 MAX to customers.  

Bonuses will be paid to employees who complete 6-month assignments as part of the 737 MAX work. A 10% bonus will be paid after six months. An additional 15% bonus is paid during months 7 through 12 and 20% after 18 months.

Boeing has not yet announced what SPEEA job codes will be needed in Moses Lake. When the jobs are announced, interested bargaining unit members will need to volunteer and be accepted for the assignments.

Non-Boeing labor
Assistance needed for SPEEA grievance

SPEEA has filed a grievance in association with Boeing’s use of Purchased Services (non-Boeing labor) to perform bargaining unit work.

When corporate management refused to provide relevant data associated with our investigation/grievance, SPEEA was also compelled to file an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with Region 19 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Employees recently received a notice as part of the settlement of the ULP and Boeing has begun to supply SPEEA with the requested information. The grievance is scheduled to be resolved in an arbitration hearing beginning in October.

Now, we need your help in validating claims made by management and/or contained within the provided data.

If any SPEEA members work with representatives from the following companies, we would really like to speak with you. Email with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

Purchased Services companies
  • Altair
  • Aviation Partners Boeing
  • Base2 Solutions
  • Cascade Engineering
  • Collinear
  • Cyient
  • HCL Technologies
  • Hexagon – Capital Equipment Purchasing
  • Intrinsic
  • iSoftStone Inc.
  • Jana, Inc.
  • Kaman Engineering
  • NobleTek
  • Safran/Labinal
  • San Juan Software
  • SeaTec
  • Sila Solutions
  • Slalom Consulting
  • Star Aviation
  • Techguard
  • UXC/DXC Eclipse

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