May 20, 2013
EOI's John Burbank visits N.W. Legislative & Public Affairs
Executive Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute John Burbank, left, talks before Monday's Northwest Legislative & Public Affairs Committee meeting with, from left, SPEEA Labor Representative Stan Sorscher, committee member Orlando De Los Santos and Northwest L & PA Chair Judy Mogan.
Burbank spoke to the committee about the E.O.I.'s work researching and advancing issues that support labor and working families. His data-filled presentation touched on successes and challenges in Washington state. Download and view a .pdf of his presentation: What is happening to the Middle Class?
May 21, 2013
Salary charts now online
Look for the 2013 SPEEA-Boeing salary charts onlineand the selective salary adjustment summary
in the June Spotlite. If have you problems accessing charts, please email with the charts you need to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 21, 2013 Pilot/Instructor (AMPA) Negotiation Update Negotiations resume May 28 for Pilots/Instructors
A federal mediator will be in attendance when the SPEEA Pilot/Instructor negotiation team returns to negotiations with The Boeing Company on Tuesday, May 28.
Assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) was requested when negotiations recessed May 2. SPEEA and the company have continued to share information during the break. It is hoped the mediator can assist bridging the gaps between our positions and enable a more productive discussion.
Pilots and instructors are encouraged to wear their blue, SPEEA shirts on Wednesdays to show support for our team and efforts to negotiate the effects of Boeing moving simulators to Miami and a new contract for our bargaining unit.
May 22, 2013
Early retiree ‘bridge’ benefits lawsuit update
Mediation is slated for Oct. 15-17 in the lawsuit on behalf of employees denied early retiree ‘bridge’ benefits when The Boeing Company sold its commercial division.
A mediator in New York has also been selected, but a site has not been determined, as the case moves forward. Both parties are in a discovery phase which needs to be accomplished prior to any decision - either in mediation or a jury trial.
SPEEA initiated the lawsuit in 2005 on behalf of hundreds of employees who were 49 to 55 with 10 years of Boeing service. With the ‘bridge,’ they qualified for early retiree benefits per the SPEEA contracts.
Show support Sign petition for grocery store workers’ ‘Bill of Rights’
Grocery store workers in the Puget Sound are struggling to secure a contract that provides fair wages and working conditions. To support their negotiation efforts, you can sign a petition supporting the grocery store workers' ‘Bill of Rights.’
May 10, 2013
Governor kicks off effort to land 777X jobs
Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off a statewide effort May 9 to
land the design and manu-facturing of The Boeing Company’s 777X, the latest new airplane program. Joining him at the podium were Maud Daudon, (center) head of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council. Daudon and Johnson are both vice presidents on the board of the Washington Aerospace Partnership. Inset: Gov. Inslee with SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth. Federal, state and county lawmakers and leaders, as well as labor representatives attended the event at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, overlooking Paine Field and dozens of Boeing airplanes.
Aerospace innovation symposium – June 24
Interested in aerospace innovation? Plan to attend the ‘Future of Aerospace Innovation in Washington’ on Monday,
June 24, at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.
Sponsored by the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) and Innovate Washington, the panel features university and industry leaders as well as presentations by JCATI-funded student researchers focused on current and/or pending products.
SPEEA President Tom McCarty serves on the board of JCATI as a labor representative. JCATI was established by the state legislature and governor in 2012 to support the state’s aerospace industry.
For more details, and registration for the symposium, click here.
April 1, 2013
Northwest STEM grants available
The SPEEA Northwest Council is now accepting applications for this year’s grants related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) to encourage students to pursue related careers.
Grant application form – Apply by Aug. 15
NW STEM grants are for non-profit organizations, with at least one Northwest SPEEA member participating (as a coach, mentor or parent). To apply, fill out the application. Deadline: Aug. 15.
Grant Review Committee – Apply by June 15
The NW STEM Grant Review Committee provides a recommendation to the Northwest Council, which votes on grant allocations. To apply for this committee, e-mail email@example.com with your name, contact information and the school district where you live. Deadline: June 15.