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Age Discrimination
Charges against
The Boeing company

Workers Memorial Day for those who died on the job

A crowd gathered in Everett at the Workers Memorial statue April 27 to honor those who died on the job or were injured. Several SPEEA members attended the ceremony hosted by the Snohomish County Labor Council.  

Union leaders read the names of 76 who died in the past year in Washington state. Guest speakers discussed the importance of improving workplace safety.

More events are taking place April 28, including a ceremony hosted by the Wichita Hutchinson Labor Federation at 6 p.m. (CST), at the Wichita Machinists hall.

The AFL-CIO initiated the holiday, April 28, following the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970.

Professional & Technical units
Voluntary layoff drawing interest, questions

With interest rising regarding Voluntary Layoff (VLO) and the enhanced benefits secured in the new Professional and Technical units’ contracts, SPEEA Contract Administrators and Council Reps are receiving and answering a wide range of questions regarding the process. 

A special  Voluntary Layoff Q & A is now available to assist members in areas The Boeing Company is targeting for employee reductions and making the VLO process available. Members are also encouraged to watch for lunch time meetings in their area. 

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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Candidates for Northwest regional vice president

The SPEEA Tellers validated three candidate petitions for Northwest regional vice president Friday, April 22. They are listed here in ballot order.

  • Nikki Wagener
  • Dan Nowlin
  • Daniel Peters

The Northwest Council will elect the new vice president at its meeting May 12. The newly elected vice president will serve the remainder of the term – through March 22, 2017.

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New bill targets tax incentive accountability

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers are pursuing a new bill to tie aerospace tax breaks to jobs staying in Washington state after Boeing announced more layoffs.

Rep. June Robinson and 27 other legislators launched House Bill (HB) 2994 on Feb. 19.

HB 2994 would require Boeing to pay the state on a yearly basis for every job lost since November 2013 to qualify for state aerospace tax incentives. Boeing fines, worth $2,500 per lost job, would be deposited in a state education fund. Currently, Boeing has cut more than 5,000 jobs in Washington since November 2013, when aerospace tax incentives worth $8.7 billion were extended until 2040.

KUOW March 30 - Boeing Layoffs Announced, Washington Considers Tying Tax Breaks to Jobs

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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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