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Midwest Council Reps meet with new Spirit CEO
Incoming Spirit CEO Tom Gentile meets with Midwest Officers and Council Reps June 28 in a first of its kind round table and open discussion. Gentile, named in early June to replace Larry Lawson when he retires July 31, spent an hour with the group answering questions and soliciting comments regarding Spirit and their work. Read more about the meeting in SPEEA News and Spotlite.
Professional & Technical units
Voluntary Layoff exceeds Boeing's original goals

With only a handful of denials, more than 700 SPEEA members have been approved for Voluntary Layoff (VLO) from The Boeing Company, according to figures presented at the most recent Joint Workforce Committee meeting.

Boeing sent invitation letters to more than 6,450 members in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) in recent months. Of those, 625 applied and were approved for VLO. The approvals exceeded the company’s original targets for BCA.

Additionally, invitations were sent to 1,411 SPEEA members working in Engineering, Operations & Technology (EO&T). Of the 101 who applied, 95 were approved. The six denials occurred for employees working in critical skill areas.

The total members approved for VLO across the two Boeing organizations shows 413 in the Professional Unit and 307 in the Technical Unit were approved. Layoff dates vary among the groups and may change. The next scheduled exit is June 24. The largest group is presently scheduled for July 22, when 373 are expected to exit Boeing. Layoff dates continue monthly through the end of the year and into 2017. A  Voluntary Layoff Q & A is available on the website to assist members.

(An early version of this story in the June 3 SPEEA News includes incorrect information regarding the application of the enhanced layoff benefit.)

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What happened to 'maintain and grow' Washington's workforce?

Instead of “maintaining and growing” Washington State’s aerospace workforce in 2015 in exchange for saving $305 million in state taxes, The Boeing Company cut its workforce by 961 more employees.

That brings the total jobs Boeing has cut from its Washington workforce to 5,624 since the legislature extended $8.7 billion in tax breaks to the company in November, 2013.

Boeing’s tax savings for 2015 were released Friday (April 29). This is the first year the state Department of Revenue has required Boeing and other aerospace firms to disclose the amount of money a company saves by taking advantage of the aerospace tax incentives.

Two efforts by SPEEA, IAM 751 and key legislators in recent years have brought new scrutiny in Olympia regarding corporate tax breaks. However, intense lobbying by Boeing has thwarted efforts to tie aerospace tax incentives to actually “maintaining and growing” Washington’s aerospace workforce as the legislature intended. Washington remains the only state to provide large tax breaks to Boeing and aerospace companies without a requirement to grow or even maintain employment in the state.

Boeing’s historic tax break from state even bigger than thought - The Seattle Times, May 3
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for Northwest Council STEM grant

Members involved in outreach to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) may be eligible to apply for a Northwest Council STEM grant.

The 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 – deadline Aug. 15

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

Volunteer for STEM grant review committee

This committee meets to review the applications and make 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.

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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
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