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Grant review committee at work
A total of 59 applied for Northwest Council grants related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for 2016. Shown here are Northwest Council officers and members of the STEM grant review committee. They will make a recommendation to the Council on the grants to encourage young people to consider STEM-related careers.
Shown in the left photo are Tony Hickerson, NW Council chair,
Dennis Davaz and Orlando De Los Santos, NW Council treasurer.
In the above photo from left, are members Todd
Marjorie Blanco and Chris McMuldroch, also a Council Rep. Not shown (participating in Everett): James Raskob, Northwest Council secretary. 
SPEEA leader at ‘Cool Girls’ event
A group of 10 middle-school students took part in ‘Cool Girls in Aerospace,’ a four-day summer camp in Mukilteo, Wash. At the camp, SPEEA Executive Board Vice President Shannon (Moriarty) Deacon, stand, was invited to share highlights of her career as a Boeing 787 materials, design and liaison engineer and SPEEA leader. Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson initiated the event to promote careers in aerospace to young women through guest speakers and hands-on lab work.  
Apply for the Judicial Review Committee
SPEEA is seeking members to apply for the Judicial Review Committee (JRC), the final hearing body for charges within SPEEA.

Deadline to apply – Sept. 9.

Members of the JRC typically have experience in one or more positions. A member of the JRC is required to have served as a member, within the past five years, of the Executive Board, the Council(s), Tellers Committee(s), the Judicial Review Committee, one of the Council committees, or any combination thereof, for at least two years.

To apply
Email by Friday, Sept. 9, with your contact information and a brief statement about your qualifications/interest. Names will be forwarded to the Executive Board for review. The Board will select candidates and forward names on to the SPEEA Council for final selection.

For more information
For details, see the SPEEA Constitution and bylaws online at or (click here).
Emerging Leaders conference – apply by Oct. 25
For those who want to develop leadership skills while learning more about the labor movement, save the dates for the Emerging Leaders Conference Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11 in Seattle.

Apply for SPEEA sponsorship (registration provided) by Oct. 25. See below for details.

This year’s conference theme is “The Different Meanings of Solidarity: Labor Leadership at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Community.”

The conference is organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WA LERC) at South Seattle College and Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL).

Conference logistics

  • Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.  
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with awards ceremony from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All events will be held at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College
  • Registration is $150 and includes all meals, snacks and a ticket to the Emerging Leaders Awards Bash (Saturday, Dec. 10)
To apply
If interested, email by Tuesday, Oct. 25, and include why you’d like to attend as well as what you hope to gain and bring back to your workplace and SPEEA. The Executive Board will review applicants. SPEEA will cover registration expenses. 
AARP Foundation Litigation & SPEEA
Age discrimination action against Spirit AeroSystems
WICHITA, KS – Craig Tolson, standing, talks about the impact of being abruptly terminated by Spirit AeroSystems in July 2013, during a press conference at SPEEA’s Midwest office. Tolson is one of 24 named plaintiffs in a major age discrimination cases filed in U.S. District Court. The action, involving former Spirit employees represented by SPEEA, has a legal team that includes attorneys from AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL), a Washington D.C.-based component of the AARP Foundation. “Spirit's treatment of older workers in its July 2013 RIF was unprecedented, unequal and unlawful.  Spirit's first-ever large-scale layoffs violated clear disclosure rules regarding mass terminations.” said AARP Foundation Litigation’s senior attorney Dan Kohrman after the filing. 

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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
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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
973 S Glendale Street
Wichita, KS 67218

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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