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New CR terms in May
Tellers working to certify Council Rep petitions

Union Tellers are working to validate and certify the petitions for all Council Rep seats in the Northwest and Midwest regions. Results, including contested races, will be posted posted to the website and included in an upcoming edition of SPEEA News when final.

 

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) banquet

SPEEA hosted a table at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, banquet March 24.

Several members attended the annual fund raiser, including, Facilities Council Rep Roger Aisaka, SPEEA member Adam Brown, an Everett engineer, Kent Council Rep Michelle Cooper, Plant II (Seattle) Council Rep Carrie Rule, Plant II Council Rep Gordon Yip, an APALA member and guests.

APALA supports civil rights and social justice for workers and immigrants. 

Founded in 1992, APALA works to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights.

Partnership efforts
Everett Roundtable brings together Council Reps and management

Council Reps Dan Nowlin, left, and Chris Waybright talk about the variety of questions they field from members as a SPEEA representative in the workplace during Thursday's (March 16) quarterly meeting of the Everett Roundtable. The group also heard presentations about Boeing's office space consolidation around Puget Sound and 777X spar fabrication.

The Roundtable brings together more than 40 Everett Council Reps, SPEEA contract administrators, Boeing HR and managers from around the Everett site in an effort to increase communication and cooperation.

SPEEA, IAM 751 Joint Statement
Action needed on Aerospace Accountability

The introduction of Washington Legislative bills HB-2146 by Representative Richard DeBolt (R-20) and HB-2145 by Representative Noel Frame (D-36) with support from members of their respective caucuses is a clear indication of the concern – on both sides of the political aisle – that Washington’s aerospace tax preferences are not achieving their intended purpose.

Machinists and SPEEA support tax incentives used to maintain and grow our state’s aerospace workforce. That’s what the Washington Legislature approved and The Boeing Company agreed to in 2013 when the state extended $8.7 billion of tax incentives to the aerospace industry.  However, instead of increasing employment in Washington as our Legislature intended and the public expected, Boeing has now cut 12,259 jobs in our state.

Our unions agree with Representatives DeBolt and Frame that job accountability must be added to our state’s aerospace tax preferences.  We applaud their work keeping this issue in the forefront and believe both bills provide an opportunity for the Legislature to protect Washington jobs and grow our state’s aerospace industry.

We strongly urge the House Finance Committee to consider these proposals and advance a solution that brings needed accountability to Washington’s aerospace tax preferences.

Joint SPEEA - Boeing announcement
2017 Professional and Technical Units salary funds
Today (Friday, Dec. 16), Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) announced 2017 salary adjustment funds. Contractually required market comparisons unexpectedly determined that employees would only be eligible for lump sum distributions of an overall five percent fund, but Boeing has decided to provide salary adjustment funds of 2.8 percent for engineers and 2.3 percent for techs.

"This is consistent with our belief that business success starts with our people and relationships," said Todd Zarfos, vice president of Engineering Functions, Washington Design Center and senior chief Engineer of Systems. "Rewarding individual performance helps us attract and retain the best talent, while inspiring the pride, energy and passion that employees contribute to the company."

SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth added, "In deciding to provide these salary adjustment funds for our professional engineers and techs, Boeing went above and beyond what was required by the contract. This is appreciated, and I believe, an outcome of the improved relationship we've been developing."

Boeing and SPEEA negotiated the contracts for engineers and techs in February, 2016 with a provision that salary adjustment funds are established from a pool of money of 5 percent. That 5-percent pool is further divided into two types of funds: one for salary adjustments, and one for lump sums.

The size of the salary adjustment fund is then determined by comparing the average salary of Boeing's employees in those units to the average salary of comparable employees in the market, with the annual Mercer-SIRS High Tech Company salary survey providing the standard. Thresholds for the salary adjustment funds allow averages wages to be 15 percent above market for engineers and 22 percent above market for Techs in 2017.

This year's data indicated that both units exceeded their thresholds, meaning the entire 5-percent pool would have been paid as lump sums - no salary adjustments. Boeing, however, has opted to provide a salary adjustment fund anyway.

"This improvement to the salary adjustment funds for 2017 allows us to reward high performance and helps us retain key talent with critical skills," Zarfos said.

So the company will distribute an overall salary adjustment fund of 2.8 percent and individual lump sums of 2.2 percent for professional engineers, and an overall salary adjustment fund of 2.3 percent, with individual lump sums of 2. 7 percent, for techs.

More information for affected employees is available from managers, union representatives, and Human Resources representatives.
Boeing OT change
SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts protect overtime
The limits to overtime (extended work week) recently announced at The Boeing Company do not apply to SPEEA Professional and Technical workers.  

In SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts, overtime pay is guaranteed. The overtime provisions can be found in article 11.2 of the SPEEA contracts.  

SPEEA contracts also protect workers from excessive overtime. This is covered by Letter of Understanding (LOU) 22 in both the Professional and Technical contracts.  

If you have questions, your Council Rep can help. 


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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
http://edwells.web.boeing.com/TransitionResources/.
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