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Ballots arriving at members' homes
Vote for SPEEA President, Treasurer & Secretary

Voting is now taking place to elect SPEEA President, Treasurer and Secretary to serve two-year terms on the Executive Board.

Ballots were mailed Monday (Feb. 24) to the homes of all regular, dues-paying members. Members have until noon, Wednesday, March 11 to cast their vote in the election that will determine the union’s top three officers for the coming term.

Watch for the envelope in your home mail from SPEEA with a green box that states: “Executive Board Elections Ballot Enclosed”.  Voting packages include candidate statements, voting instructions, ballot, security envelope and return envelope.

Return your marked ballot in the enclosed postage paid envelope or deposit it in the ballot box at SPEEA Halls in Everett, Seattle/Tukwila or Wichita by noon, Wednesday, March 11. If mailing, allow time for your ballot to arrive in the P.O. Box by the deadline (not postmarked by deadline).

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot.

President   Treasurer   Secretary
John Dimas  Michelle Cooper Jimmie Mathis
Ryan Rule Mike Shea Shaunna Winton
Joel Funfar    
Uğur Mehmet Köksu    
Tami Reichersamer        

Professional & Technical Units
Ballots arriving at home for Prof and Tech contract vote

Ballots were mailed Friday (Feb. 21) to all members in the Professional and Technical bargaining units to vote on the proposed contract amendments and extensions with The Boeing Company.

Watch for the envelope from SPEEA marked “Ballot Enclosed” and depending on your bargaining unit with “Tech Unit” in red or Prof Unit in blue.

Return your marked ballot in the enclosed postage-paid envelope or deposit it in the ballot box at SPEEA Halls in Everett or Seattle/Tukwila by 5 p.m., Monday, March 9. If mailing, allow enough time for your ballot to arrive in the postal box by deadline.

Members are encouraged to attend one of the scheduled meetings to learn about the offers and have their questions answered. Times and locations are posted on SPEEA bulletin boards and on the Northwest calendar on the SPEEA website.

The Negotiations page on the website includes a video of the full presentation shown at the member meetings. The highlight sheet and complete contract redlines showing the proposed changes to the Professional and Technical contracts is also posted.

Prof & Tech Contract Votes
Ballots due 5 p.m., Monday, March 9

Contract Offer Overview Meeting Schedule

Pilots/Instructors Unit approves new contract with Boeing

SPEEA Pilots and Instructors approved a new four-year contract with The Boeing Company in voting that concluded Monday.

By a vote of 22 to 2 members approved the new contract that provides a substantial boost in salaries. The new contract goes into effect immediately.

If you have any questions, email Jason Collette at

Members meet with state and federal lawmakers

SPEEA members joined a labor rally in Olympia, Feb. 6, to support public workers’ safety and privacy. Shown here, from left, Daniel PetersMohammed R. KhanRod Siders and Roger Aisaka. The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO, organized the rally as part of a legislative conference.

SPEEA activists met with members of Congress and staff in Washington, D.C., as part of the IFPTE Legislative Advocacy Conference. SPEEA members shown here, from left, are Emily ForestMichelle Gramke and Ronda Cockrell.

Members met this week with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and Olympia, Wash., to put a face to labor issues.

Members of the SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committee participated in the IFPTE Legislative Conference, Feb. 3-6. In addition to meetings with other IFPTE delegates, SPEEA members talked with members of Congress and their staff in office visits.

Members of the Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee and Northwest Labor Delegates Committee participated in a rally and meetings with state lawmakers in Olympia Feb. 6. The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO, organizes the annual event, which features panel discussions and office visits. This year, the 200-plus WSLC labor delegates also joined a rally for House Bill 1888, to protect the safety and privacy of Washington state’s public employees.

Members needed for regional Tellers Committees

Members needed for regional Tellers Committees

With only three candidates seeking seats on the regional Tellers Committees, more members are needed to fill vacancies. The committees oversee union elections with training and support from staff.

Northwest Tellers

  • Michael Knopp
  • Sulena Kumnertsena

 Midwest Tellers

  • Joymesia Lee

 If you’re interested, print the petition and information at (drop-down menu for Councils/Forms and Petitions). 

737 MAX impacts
Monitoring at Boeing - Spirit announces layoffs

SPEEA continues to monitor developments at The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems regarding the planned shutdown of the 737 MAX line in Renton and the suspension of 737 MAX work and upcoming layoffs in Wichita.

The required 60-day WARN notice of layoffs at Spirit arrived in the SPEEA office on Jan. 10. Of the announced 2,800 layoffs in Wichita, company officials expect to cut 186 positions in the Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) and 44 in the Wichita Engineering Unit. The layoffs could start as soon as Feb. 7. Recent negotiations added layoff benefits for SPEEA-represented employees in the WEU and WTPU.

Boeing maintains there are currently no plans for layoffs of SPEEA-represented employees. Boeing said during the shutdown, some employees will be temporarily reassigned but that everyone will have a job and work to perform.

SPEEA will continue to assess and monitor the situations at Boeing and Spirit for our represented employees to ensure all provisions of our collective bargaining unit agreements are followed.

Kansas Aviation Workers Layoff Resources

United Way of the Plains – Laid-off workers assistance

Kansas Department of Labor – Aviation Worker Response

Preparing for return to service
SPEEA secures bonuses for 737 MAX work in Moses Lake and Victorville assignments

SPEEA-represented employees who take a temporary assignment in Moses Lake or Victorville as part of the return to service of the 737 MAX will be in line to receive “completion bonuses” as outlined in a recently negotiated agreements with Boeing.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Moses Lake assignments provides bonuses for employees who complete 6-month or more assignments as part of the 737 MAX work. A 10% bonus is paid after six months. An additional 15% bonus is paid during months 7 through 12 and 20% after 18 months.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Victorville provides a 10% incentive (bonus) for SPEEA-represented employees who complete 6 months of continuous deployment as part of the return to service for the 737 MAX.

“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 and Victorville.

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

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