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Fall SPEEA Events happening in your region.
‘Step up’ program a success
About 60 (shown above) took part in ‘Step up for SPEEA’ Nov. 13 in Wichita,
which included mentoring, networking and skill building.

The day-long ‘Step up for SPEEA’ event
in Wichita Nov. 13 drew 60-plus members.
A group of mentors stepped up to work with members interested in developing leadership skills in support of SPEEA. The members left energized and ready
to put new knowledge and skills to work for all represented employees in the Midwest.

Left: SPEEA members who stepped up to be mentors are shown here.
New Officers in Wichita
Keith Covert, MW vice president Midwest Council officers, from left, Matthew Joyce, treasurer, 
Mark Gayer
, chair, Jo Miklos, secretary.

Congratulations to the newly seated Executive Board and Council officers in Wichita. They are: 

  • Keith Covert - Executive Board Midwest vice president 
  • Mark Gayer – Midwest Council chair
  • Matthew Joyce – Midwest Council treasurer
  • Jo Miklos – Midwest Council secretary

They were seated at the Midwest Council meeting Nov. 13 to complete the terms of outgoing officers who are leaving Spirit AeroSystems. Thanks to Earl Carter, former Midwest VP, Brenda Reiling, former Midwest chair, Debbie Logsdon, former Midwest treasurer and Rhonda Greer, former Midwest secretary for their many years of support for SPEEA in multiple roles.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC continues investigating Boeing for age discrimination

The Seattle Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is actively investigating SPEEA’s class action age discrimination complaint against The Boeing Company. 

Several SPEEA members have filed individual Charges of Discrimination and the EEOC has assigned a lead investigator to coordinate investigation of both the class-wide and individual Charges of Discrimination. 

Protect your rights by filing an individual claim

Since SPEEA filed the class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members have asked if they’re covered by SPEEA’s Charge of Discrimination. SPEEA’s class-action complaint, filed with the EEOC and the Washington State Human Rights Commission, was based upon the evidence that we had at the time of filing. Although we believe we have identified a class of individuals being harmed by the employment actions described in the charge, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

It’s important to note that SPEEA’s charge focuses on an employment action that impacted a large number of SPEEA-represented employees who suffered a retention rating drop between 2013 and 2014. While SPEEA is pursuing an age discrimination charge on behalf of the class harmed by the retention ratings action, there may be Boeing age-discriminatory actions unique to other situations.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the Seattle Field Office of the EEOC, located at 900 First Street, Suite 400, Seattle WA 98104.  Phone number:   (206) 220-6884.

The link below provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

SPEEA members
Have you taken the Connection Survey?

Help SPEEA stay connected with members by taking a short survey. Your participation will help ensure our efforts meet members’ interests at work and in their communities. Take the Connection survey

Boeing employees seek answers
Meetings overflow in wake of Boeing's work movements

Employees worried for their careers as Boeing continues to announce work movements bring questions to lunchtime meetings at various locations around Puget Sound. Boeing recently announced thousands of defense jobs are moving out of Washington state. The announcements leave thousands of engineers, technical workers and others worried about being laid off from jobs they've held for years. Standing-room meetings have been held in Kent and Seattle with SPEEA Council Reps, Executive Board members and staff experts answering questions about layoff processes, retirement, retention rating issues and job search resources. Additional meetings are planned.

Learn about meetings in your area by talking to Council Reps or visiting the Northwest Calendar at Information for represented employees facing possible layoff is also available on this website under 'Member Tools.'

How is the movement of work impacting you?

Boeing is moving work away from traditional locations and sending it elsewhere. Tell SPEEA what it means to you, your colleagues and your families. Complete and submit this .pdf form and share your experience.

Aerospace tax breaks should bring good jobs

Gov. Inslee's response to a question from SPEEA NW V.P. Joel Funfar about tax breaks and jobs

Appalled by the movement of engineering, technical and pilot jobs outside of Washington and the extensive layoffs at Boeing and Spirit in Wichita, SPEEA leaders are pushing for the addition of corporate accountability in tax subsidy programs.

Tax incentives have economic value when they support well-paying jobs in our local communities. Companies should not benefit from public tax breaks only to move jobs away and lay off engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists and other skilled workers.

Continue reading ....

How are the aerospace tax breaks working out for Washington?

SPEEA-area IFPTE VP vacancy in Midwest
SPEEA is looking for an activist ready to take the next step in getting involved in the labor movement. If you’re interested and eligible (Midwest member in good standing for the preceding 24 months), apply for the MW SPEEA-area vacancy on the IFPTE Executive Council.

Click here for petition and details on how to apply.

Vice presidents serve as members of the IFPTE Executive Council, which is responsible for governing IFPTE between triennial conventions. The interim term will continue until the next IFPTE convention in 2015.

Deadline to apply: Noon, Friday, Dec. 19. Drop off your petition at the SPEEA Wichita office (973 S. Glendale St.) or email along with your statement to
SPEEA Office Support and Contract Administrator job openings

SPEEA is seeking applicants for multiple office support and contract administrator positions at our union halls.

The Office Support positions are part of a team responsible for all of the administrative functions required to run three union offices.  This includes membership processing/billing, interfacing with members/potential members, supporting meetings and collective bargaining sessions.  

Download the Office Support job posting

The Contract Administrator is responsible for membership recruitment and mobilizing, collective bargaining support, grievance representation, investigative interview (Weingarten) representation, and other duties as assigned.

Download the Contract Administrator job posting

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: