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Newly elected SPEEA Council Officers, from left, Secretary Ben Blankley, Treasurer Emily Brent-Fulps and re-elected Chair Theryl Johnson.   Department for Professional Employees President Paul Almeida gives the keynote address.
Empowering activists at annual convention/conference

SPEEA activists gathered from all bargaining units to conduct union business, network and train to understand their roles and encourage newer members to get involved.

With the conference theme of Empowering Future Activists, about 160 Council Reps, activists, younger members and labor guests took part in related workshops, Saturday, June 10. One of the workshops, Attitudes of Young Professionals towards Unions: Engaging Future Union Leaders, invited younger members to build an action plan for outreach. 

At the SPEEA Council convention, June, 9, several Council Reps stepped up to run for Council officer positions. Congratulations to newly elected SPEEA Council officers: Chair Theryl Johnson, Seattle, Treasurer Emily Brent-Fulps, Portland, Oregon, and Secretary Ben Blankley, Wichita, Kansas. Look for additional coverage in upcoming SPEEA News and Spotlite.

Airplane contest takes off in Wichita

SPEEA hosted a paper airplane contest where youth could ‘build’ a plane and send it soaring toward a target, with prizes for the planes that landed closest. SPEEA members volunteered at this as part of the Riverfest STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) City June 4 in Wichita. Shown here from left: Madisyn Waddle, 5, Matthew Gerhardt, 7, their grandfather, Cory Whestine, and SPEEA Council Rep Aaron Kitterman. 

SPEEA liaison to Council Reps
Seeking Area Reps to sign up for new terms

Interested in sharing SPEEA news and reporting members’ questions or concerns to your Council Rep?

Sign up to serve as Area Rep and help a small group of co-workers in your area stay connected to their union. No election required.

If you’re already an Area Rep, sign up for another new two-year term by July 17.

The Area Rep petition form requires either five members’ signatures or your Council Rep’s signature. SPEEA will send you a name badge and include your contact information in distribution lists for SPEEA News and email.

To sign up or re-endorse, talk to your Council Rep. Not sure who your Council Rep is? Click here or go to (drop-down menu: Councils/Find Your Council Rep).

About Area Reps

To learn more about the role and responsibilities, see the Area Rep web page – click here or go to the drop-down menu: Member Tools/Area Reps. 

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. 
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.  

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.

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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:

Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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

Office Hours:

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

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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