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15205 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98188

Tel: 206.433.0991
FAX: 206.248.3990

Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs 8 am - 5 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
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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 am - 4:30 pm


Wichita Hall
973 S Glendale Street Wichita, KS 67218

Tel: 316.682.0262
FAX: 316.682.4668

Office Hours:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm


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Enjoy your Labor Day!

Message from SPEEA President Ryan Rule

Once a year, workers get credit for building companies, our country and, for SPEEA members, designing and engineering the greatest aerospace products in the world. That day is Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day, the holiday set aside for working people.

Like most things earned by labor, creating a federal holiday took much time and effort. The spark is usually attributed to the New York Central Labor Union and its push for the eight-hour work day and an end to the 100-hour work weeks most employees endured in the 1880s. The union sponsored a parade on Sept. 5, 1882 with 10,000 workers taking unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. The next year, marches, protests and worker celebrations spread across the country as the fight continued for shorter workdays and better working conditions. Word spread without email, text messages, tweets, web sites or even telephones.

The movement grew, but it took time. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday. It took another seven years before the federal government followed with President Grover Cleveland signing legislation making the first Monday in September Labor Day and a federal holiday.

IFPTE President Greg Junemann's
Labor Day message

The keys to securing a holiday for workers, gaining the eight-hour workday and even keeping our labor movement alive are the same – resilience, determination and solidarity. Workers refused to give up. They marched, protested and advocated for years. They talked to, and enlisted, co-workers and neighbors in the effort. They passed the passion onto their children.

Monday is our day to relax, enjoy family, friends and remember the work that brought us here and the work that lies ahead.


Solidarity with Alaska Airlines flight attendants in SeaTac

SEATAC – IFPTE Representative Bill Fitzpatrick, right, holds the SPEEA banner with Alaska flight attendants and family during a rally and march in SeaTac to support AFA-CWA Council 19 and their contract negotiations with Alaska Airlines. Fitzpatrick attended the rally on Wednesday, Aug. 27, with SPEEA members and staff to show our support.

The flight attendants’ contract negotiations began more than two years ago. In February, Alaska flight attendants overwhelmingly voted to reject a tentative agreement on a new contract.

Negotiations recently resumed under federal mediation between AFA and management on a new contract.

Wichita Boeing
Bridge Benefit lawsuit update

As previously announced, the parties to the Boeing lawsuit have reached a tentative settlement, subject to approval by the federal court. Pursuant to the terms of the court-ordered mediation process, the terms of the settlement remain confidential. 

The targeted date of notifications being sent out to class members is after Oct. 1, 2014.

Complaint issued on ULP charges
NLRB sets hearing date on Boeing’s labor violation

SEATTLE – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will hold a hearing in January on SPEEA’s request for “any and all” Boeing Company documents relating to the “relocation” and /or “realignment” of work currently being performed by SPEEA-represented employees in the Puget Sound region.

The NLRB complaint and notice of hearing is the result of an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed by SPEEA in May after Boeing refused to provide information sought in a formal information request made in response to the company’s rationale that the work moves were necessary.

In July, the NLRB found Boeing violated labor law during contract talks by refusing to fulfill a different SPEEA information request for wage rates, regional salary information and productivity data from various company locations. Also the result of a union ULP, the order said Boeing’s refusal to provide the information “undermined and tainted” contract negotiations.

Washington's aerospace tax breaks need to focus on jobs

Appalled by the movement of engineering 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. It is unfathomable that companies should benefit from massive public tax breaks only to move our jobs away and lay off engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists and other skilled workers.

SPEEA's position is that aerospace tax breaks must be contingent on creating living-wage jobs in local communities.

Northwest leaders signed an open thank you letter to Washington state elected officials who share SPEEA members’ frustration over jobs leaving the state. Many lawmakers have expressed urgency to add employment conditions to the state’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference measure, which is SPEEA’s key legislative issue.

The intent of the legislature to maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce is clearly stated in the aerospace tax bill (SB 5259) passed last November in a rushed special session. However, there are currently no requirements for companies to do so while benefiting from the largest state tax break in U.S. history. (continued)

SPEEA Council action
Council votes ‘no confidence’ in Boeing CEO
The SPEEA Council overwhelmingly approved a motion of “No Confidence” in Boeing CEO James McNerney.

Proposed by 16 SPEEA elected officers and Council Reps, background for the motion said SPEEA members working at Boeing have suffered under the poor leadership of Jim McNerney in the time he has served on the Boeing Board of Directors and as CEO of Boeing. Among the issues listed are his support for 787 outsourcing, pushing for Washington tax breaks without job protections, BR&T and CAS layoffs, lack of R&D spending and selling the Wichita plant. Written ballots were cast

Thursday, Aug. 14, during meetings at SPEEA headquarters in Seattle and at union halls in Everett and Wichita. Counting by the SPEEA Council Secretary took place Tuesday afternoon at SPEEA headquarters.
Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition petition
SPEEA ready to support IFPTE Local 21
Recognizing workers at the Golden Gate Bridge District, including IFPTE Local 21 members, are engaged in very difficult negotiations, the SPEEA Executive Board approved a $5,000 donation to help the workers if they are forced to strike.

The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition of 13 unions continues to bargain in good faith, and no strike date has been chosen. The San Francisco area workers have been working without a contract since July1. They voted to authorize a strike following an all-day bargaining session Aug. 4.

About 450 workers, including 55 in IFPTE Local 21, make up the Labor Coalition, which is urging everyone who cares about fair pay to sign a petition to the Golden Gate District Board of Directors. To learn more, go to http://ifpte21.net/.
SPEEA welcomes AARP Foundation Litigation to
age discrimination case against Spirit AeroSystems

WICHITA, KS – The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, is pleased to announce that lawyers from AARP Foundation Litigation are joining with existing legal counsel to represent former employees who filed charges of age discrimination against Spirit AeroSystems on behalf of union-represented employees.

Originally filed by 10 SPEEA-represented employees in March with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Civil Rights (and now up to 30), the charges allege the aerospace supplier to Boeing and Airbus terminated hundreds of employees in 2013 because they were older and either they or a family member had a costly medical condition.


Midwest Director
Bob Brewer addresses former employees of Spirit AeroSystems at a recent meeting with legal counsel from AARP Foundation Litigation, our union and counsel for the employees.

The layoffs occurred after Spirit switched its employee medical coverage to a self-insured program. In the process of deciding who to lay off, the charges also allege, Spirit illegally disclosed confidential medical information.

“The addition of AARP Foundation attorneys brings an added level of expertise and resources to our efforts to bring this injustice to an end,” said Earl Carter, SPEEA Midwest vice president.

About AARP Foundation Litigation
AARP Foundation Litigation is a component of the AARP Foundation, which is AARP’s affiliated charity.  Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.

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:http://edwells.web.boeing.com/CareerCoaching.cfm.

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