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Midwest and Northwest Regional Councils elect new officers

The Midwest and Northwest Regional Councils on Thursday elected new officers to serve during the 2017 to 2019 terms.

Above, in Wichita, Midwest Council Reps elected from left Treasurer Chris Streckfus, Chair R Matthew Joyce and Secretary Emily Forest. Outgoing Midwest Council Chair Mark Gayer congratulated the three who were seated at the meeting along with the newly elected and reelected Council Representatives.

At right in Tukwila, the Northwest Council reelected Chair Tony Hickerson, left, and Secretary Doug Brazeal, right. The Council also elected James Raskob, Treasurer. Raskob, not pictured, attended the meeting in Everett.

Council Reps were also seated for their new two-year terms of office at the meetings.

Paid family leave panel discussion at Museum of Flight

Nearly 100 members and their families learned more about paid family and medical leave efforts in the state legislature from a panel of speakers hosted by SPEEA on Saturday, May 6, at the event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The panel discussion featured Sen. Karen Keiser, D- Kent, SPEEA Council Reps and labor/community leaders who gave updates on the legislation, public opinion polls and studies showing the value and need for paid leave to take care of a family member (birth, adoption or aging parent, for example) or personal medical issue. Participants at the event gathered for a group photo to show support for paid family leave before exploring the museum with their families.

2017 SPEEA-Boeing salary charts now online

SPEEA salary charts are now online for the Boeing Prof and Tech bargaining units. The charts are linked under ‘Member Tools’ or click here:

Access is limited to members and requires BEMSID. See instructions for accessing the charts on the web page.

Salary charts for Spirit AeroSystems' SPEEA bargaining units will be updated when data is available – after the salary adjustments take effect in July. 

House Finance Committee
Support for tax incentive accountability at hearing
Click here to watch the hearing on TVW
(the state’s public affairs television network).

OLYMPIA – Current and laid off SPEEA members testified in Olympia
May 2 to support two bipartisan tax incentive accountability bills tying Boeing’s aerospace tax breaks to a mandatory minimum number of jobs.

The state House of Representatives Finance Committee held the hearing on House Bill (HB) 2145 and HB 2146. Boeing cut nearly 13,000 jobs since the state legislature voted to extend the tax breaks worth a projected $8.7 billion in 2013.

Others testifying in favor of HB 2145/2146, included the Machinists, Good Jobs First, the Washington Budget & Policy Center and a number of parents and grandparents concerned about corporate tax breaks shortchanging the funding for education.

Council Rep election results for 17 districts

Congratulations to the newly elected Council Reps who will serve as SPEEA liaisons for co-workers in their area.

 Click here to see winners and vote totals

The 2017-2019 Council term begins at the May 11 regional Council meeting. At this meeting, the
Council Reps will elect their regional Council officers.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for Northwest Council STEM grants

The Northwest Council is now accepting applications for grants to help encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The NW Council 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 (click here) – deadline Aug. 15

For more information about the program, see Northwest PolicyVII: Subsection B.4.  

Members needed for STEM Grant Review Committee
This committee meets to review the applications and make funding recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations. If you’re interested, email your name and school district to by June 15.

Action needed on Aerospace Accountability

With the Washington state legislature in special (extended) session, the two bills calling for aerospace tax incentive accountability still have a chance for a vote.

Washington Legislative bills HB-2146 by Representative Richard DeBolt (R-20) and HB-2145 by Representative Noel Frame (D-36) with support on both sides of the political aisle are clear indications 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 the Legislature intended and the public expected, Boeing has now cut 12,655 jobs from its workforce in the state.

SPEEA and Machinists Lodge 751 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
SPEEA Locations

SPEEA Headquarters
15205 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98188

Tel: (206) 433-0991
Fax: (206) 248-3990

Office Hours:

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Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everett Hall
2414 106th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204

Tel: (425) 355-2883
Toll Free: (877) 355-2883
Fax: (425) 355-9380

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Wichita Hall
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

Tel: (316) 682-0262
Fax: (316) 682-4668

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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