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Summer/Fall SPEEA Events happening in your region.


SPEEA and IAM address Aerospace Tax Preferences
Executive Director Ray Goforth, left, and IAM Lodge 751 President Jon Holden give testimony Friday (Sept. 19) to the Washington state Citizens Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. While supporting the tax preferences, SPEEA and the IAM are working together to call on the Washington Legislature to revisit the legislation to ensure it meets stated goals of growing the state's aerospace industry and ensuring jobs remain good paying. Since the $8.7 billion tax break was passed, Boeing has laid off engineers and technical workers, announced plans to lay off thousands more and transferred work out of Washington. Watch a reply of the hearing on TVW.

Wichita Boeing
Important ‘bridge’ benefit lawsuit update
The settlement, still subject to court approval, consists of a lump-sum payment by Boeing into a settlement fund. The settlement will not consist of periodic pension-type payments or monthly retiree medical coverage.
New salary charts posted for members at Spirit AeroSystems
Salary charts reflecting 2014 raises for SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems are now available online under the “Member Tools” tab. Click the “Salary Charts” tab on the drop down menu. (The page also includes 2014 salary charts for members working at The Boeing Company.)

SPEEA posts the charts online as a tool for members to see how their careers are progressing and to help them in conversations with their managers. The overall data:

  • Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) – The WEU average raise for 2014 was 3.62%. The WEU average salary increased from $93,465 to $96,845 – an average increase of $3,381 for 689 eligible employees.

  • Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) – The WTPU average raise for 2014 was 2.9%. The Spirit WTPU average salary increased from $74,956 to $77,126 – an average increase of $2,170 for 1,643 eligible employees.
787 investigation on Al Jazeera
International news service Al Jazeera this week released and aired its year-long investigation on the 787 Dreamliner.

Even before the program - “Broken Dreams, The Boeing 787” - debuted on the news service website, Boeing was sending messages into the workplace denouncing the investigation.

While not yet scheduled for broadcast in the United States, it is available on the Internet at www.aljazeera.com/investigations/boeing787/.

The report chronicles the many missteps of the 787 program and Boeing, from the culture change brought by the merger with McDonnell Douglas to the continued problems of outsourcing highly engineered products and starting a new production line.

Produced by former BBC reporter Will Jordan, the report relies on company documents and interviews with a number of recognized experts. Among those interviewed are noted aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia, journalists Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times and Jon Ostrower of the Wall Street Journal. Former SPEEA President Cynthia Cole and labor representative Stan Sorscher are also interviewed.
SPEEA supports reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank

In less than a month, the Export-Import Bank of the United States will expire unless Congress acts. SPEEA and IAM 751 are among 40 groups that have signed a letter urging the Washington Congressional Delegation to push for reauthorization. Signed by SPEEA President Ryan Rule, the letter was mailed to the delegation Monday.

The Ex-Im Bank has financed over $91 billion of Washington exports over the past five years from 165 companies, 70% of which were small and medium-sized businesses.

Employers in every congressional district in Washington rely on the Ex-Im Bank to competitively export their products. In 2013 the Ex-Im Bank supported an estimated 120,000 jobs across Washington state, including those of SPEEA members. The Ex-Im Bank also helps support our members' jobs in Kansas, Oregon, Utah, California and Florida.

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.
Protect your rights by filing an individual claim
Age discrimination charges against Boeing

Following SPEEA’s class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members are asking if they’re covered by the charge.

SPEEA’s complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and 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 Boeing’s actions, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the EEOC. The link provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

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)

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