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SPEEA, IAM members talk tax accountability in Olympia
SPEEA and IAM members are welcomed by Rep June Robinson, in red (D-Everett), before meeting with legislators. Robinson is prime sponsor of HB 2147 which will tie aerospace tax breaks to the original intent to maintain and grow Washington's aerospace workforce.

OLYMPIA – Nearly 200 members of SPEEA and IAM District 751 visited Olympia on Friday (Nov. 20) to press the need to tie Washington's $8.7 billion tax break to jobs and good wages. Current, retired and a number of laid-off members visited legislators and key staff during legislative assembly days to explain how the lack of accountability allowed Boeing to move more than 3,600 jobs out of Washington since the Aerospace Tax Preference bill was approved in November 2013. The next legislative session starts Jan. 11. At right, SPEEA Council Chair Theryl Johnson, left, is with Thuy Lam, a 30-year Boeing employee who was laid off earlier this year after her job moved to another state.

Read the press release from the trip to Olympia.


SPEEA and IAM 751
Tie tax breaks to good jobs before more fly away!

Machinists District 751 (IAM 751) and SPEEA members made history in Olympia this year by calling for the largest corporate tax break in U.S. history to be tied to specific job numbers and living wages. In that effort, the two largest Boeing unions furthered a partnership that extends from the workplace to the legislature and into our communities. While HB 2147 and HB 1786 stalled in the House Finance Committee this year, the bills will resume in 2016.

Read the press release from the Nov. 9 press conference.

Watch KING 5 TV newscast from the press conference

SPEEA/Boeing contract benefits
Open enrollment information sessions

Lunchtime (webinar only)

Each presentation below is on Thursday, Nov. 19, for 50 minutes.

Click on your preferred time to sign up. 

SPEEA Benefits Director Matt Kempf is presenting a one-hour information session (multiple dates) related to Washington health and dental plans for Boeing’s annual open enrollment.

Learn more about administrative changes and how to choose the best medical and dental plans. Boeing’s open enrollment – from Nov. 6 to Dec. 1 – is the only time to make routine changes to your health plans.

New this year – webinar option

The new webinar feature is available to watch Kempf’s presentation after hours or on your lunch break.
You can watch on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

After-hours presentations At SPEEA Puget Sound halls (includes webinar option) 

Interested in negotiating our next contract? 

Attend a Negotiation Team candidate orientation

Negotiation Team
Candidate Orientations 

Everett SPEEA Hall
4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23
RSVP to reserve your seat:
(Dinner provided) 

Tukwila SPEEA Hall
5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 30
RSVP to reserve your seat: 
(Dinner provided)

Team Application available

Plans are taking shape for the next round of contract talks for the more than 14,250 engineers covered by the SPEEA-Boeing Professional Unit Contract and the 6,200 technical workers covered by the SPEEA-Boeing Technical Unit Contract.

Negotiation Team candidate orientation sessions are now scheduled for members interested in serving on their bargaining unit’s team. Attending a session is required for all members seeking nomination for election to their unit’s team.

Candidate orientation provides an overview of the negotiation process, team members’ responsibilities and overall timelines. All interested members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The SPEEA Negotiation Team Nominating Committee will make team applications available on Nov. 6. Interested members will have until Dec. 6 to submit their completed application. The committee will then conduct interviews before submitting their recommendations to the Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils. Each Council will then vote to select the members who will represent their bargaining unit at the negotiation table. Additional training beyond the candidate orientation sessions will be provided before formal negotiations with Boeing begin in mid-2016.

While the Professional and Technical units each negotiate separate contracts, the teams work together throughout the process.

‘Emerging from Turbulence’
New book features Boeing workers

Interested in hearing what Boeing workers are saying about their jobs and the culture of Boeing and its impact? See the new book: “Emerging from Turbulence: Boeing and Stories of the American Workplace Today,” written by Leon Grundberg and Sarah Moore.

They are both professors at the University of Puget Sound and were co-authors of a previous related book, “Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers.”

For both books, SPEEA helped connect the authors to members interested in participating - through surveys. SPEEA is mentioned throughout the book by members and the authors. Machinists, managers and others were also included in the book.

All names are fictitious to protect the identities of all those in the book.

Member meetings scheduled
SPEEA files grievance over Boeing's change to “Technical Design” SJC

SPEEA filed a grievance with The Boeing Company on Thursday stating that the company violated the Technical Unit contract by announcing plans to change the Salaried Job Classification (SJC) for the Technical Design – 6G5E – job family without union input.

The changes, which would impact hundreds of employees, splits the existing 6G5E-636 Skills Management Code (SMC) – Mechanical and Structural Design – into four new and separate SMCs: Technical Design – Interiors; Technical Design – Liaison; Technical Design – Systems; and Technical Design – Structures.

The Boeing Company’s SJC team administers and revises job families, level guides and SMC descriptions. Article 22 of the Boeing-SPEEA Professional and Technical Unit Contracts outlines SPEEA’s right to participate and have input in this process.

Working with Council Reps, SPEEA is scheduling workplace meetings to discuss the proposal and hear from impacted members. Watch for additional information regarding times and locations for a meeting in your area.


Technical Design workplace meetings

Click here to see the meeting schedule.

See more information: Boeing job code changes - current active items.

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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