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SPEEA members joined hundreds of union members from around the state on Friday (Feb. 20) for a rally on the steps of the Washington state capitol to stand up for shared prosperity,  jobs and tax incentive accountability.

The rally was held in conjunction with the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Legislative Conference. Many SPEEA and IAM District 751 members shared a bus to make the trip to Olympia.

Issues at the event included: 

  • Accountability from aerospace companies that get subsidies from taxpayers
  • Investment in schools, transportation, infrastructure and public employees
  • An END to attacks on collective bargaining and other fundamental worker rights

SPEEA continues to arrange meetings for members to take their experiences with layoffs and the impact of work moving to their state representatives. To become part of the effort contact Chelsea Orvella at:

Legislation proposed
Washington voters: Tie tax breaks to jobs and wages
Executive Director Ray Goforth opens the press conference on Monday, Feb. 16, to announce proposed legislation to tie tax incentives to job requirements and wage standards.
Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) introduced the jobs bill.
Seattle broadcast news media at the event, which took place overlooking Renton Boeing.

RENTON – A state-wide poll shows that more than two-thirds of likely Washington voters support tying tax breaks for aerospace companies to requirements for maintaining jobs and providing living wages.

The poll, along with proposed legislation, were announced Monday (Feb. 16) during a press conference that brought together SPEEA, IAM District Lodge 751 and state Rep. June Robinson for a press conference.

"If some jobs are lost it makes sense that some of the tax break should be lost too," Robinson said. "It's what is right for tax payers.

“Our legislation will ensure aerospace tax incentives are used to benefit the people who grant them – taxpayers in Washington,” said Robinson. “Other states require Boeing to bring jobs to receive tax breaks and it’s only fair that the citizens of Washington demand the same treatment.”

The findings show strong support for two pieces of legislation now being considered in Olympia that would add accountability to the $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference bill. Approved in November 2013 during a special session, the legislation extended current cuts in Business & Occupation tax rates for aerospace companies, including Boeing, along with other tax credits, until 2040.

The two legislative bills, one addressing jobs and the other wages, will bring aerospace tax incentives in line with legislation in other states and Washington’s original intent to maintain and grow the state’s aerospace industry with good, family wage jobs.

Candidates for Executive Board regional vice president

Six members stepped up to run for four regional vice president seats on the Executive Board.

Deadline for ballots is Wednesday, March 11.

The new two-year terms for Executive Board officers begin March 25.

Candidate questions and videos
NW Candidates  MW Candidates

SPEEA activist award nominations

Northwest Recognition Banquet
The Northwest Council hosts a recognition banquet to celebrate the efforts of Council Reps and activists on behalf of SPEEA. In addition, SPEEA recognizes select individuals who go above and beyond for their union.

If you would like to nominate an activist in one of the following four categories 1) new activist, 2) outstanding activist, 3) special leader, 4) lifetime achievement, submit a nomination form to by Feb. 25.

SPEEA-wide volunteer of the year
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond, not only for SPEEA but also their community? Nominate him/her for the Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) award recognizing the outstanding activist/volunteer of the year.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a member in any SPEEA bargaining unit. To nominate an activist, send an e-mail with the person’s name and why you are nominating him or her (with specific examples) to by Feb. 25.

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
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: