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Posted 5/16/2024
Support locked-out Boeing Fire Fighters Saturday!

SPEEA members are encouraged to join labor advocates from across Washington state as they rally with locked-out Boeing Fire Fighters on their Seattle picket line Saturday.

The event will begin around 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the IAFF Local I-66 picket line at E. Marginal Way and 14th Ave. S., adjacent to Boeing Field.

SPEEA members can catch buses that will shuttle union supporters from the IAM 751 Union Hall at 9125 15th Place S. in Seattle or go directly themselves to the rally site. The rally is expected to last about an hour.

SPEEA members attending should wear union shirts or jackets. Signs proclaiming SPEEA’s support for Local I-66 are available at the Everett and Tukwila union halls.

Remember to wear red for Fire Fighter Friday

If you can’t go to the rally Saturday, don’t forget to show solidarity with the Fire Fighters by wearing a red SPEEA shirt on Friday.

Posted 5/15/2024
Top vote getters for IFPTE Executive Council

 NW IFPTE VP candidates

Vote %

Dan Nowlin


Emily Brent Fulps


David Garrett


John Dimas


Shaunna Winton


Christopher Tracy


Ryan Rule




* ballot order, winners bold

Congratulations to  John Dimas and Ryan Rule, the top vote getters for the two Northwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE vice president seats.

They were selected to serve on the IFPTE Executive Council with R. Matthew Joyce, who ran unopposed for Midwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE vice president.

The three will be formally nominated and elected by IFPTE delegates at the triennial convention in June.

The vice presidents serve three-year terms on the IFPTE Executive Council, which oversees IFPTE governance between conventions.

The Northwest Tellers counted the ballots and validated results on May 15.

Posted 5/15/2024
Council Reps can join webinar on federal whistleblower protections

SPEEA and the law firm of Katz Banks Kumin LLP are teaming up to provide SPEEA Council Reps at Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems with free training on federal whistleblower laws.

The webinar will be Friday at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Central). It will be led by attorneys from Katz Banks Kumin, which is the law firm representing SPEEA member Sam Sahlepour in his current whistleblower suit.

The webinar is open only to Council Reps. Interested CRs can RSVP to A Zoom link will be sent out prior to the meeting. CRs should plan on using personal emails and a personal device to log into the webinar. The SPEEA Council has approved up to two hours of SPEEA-paid time for CRs (and CRs only) who have to take time off work to attend.

Why a whistleblower webinar?

The seminar comes after two years of SPEEA unsuccessfully trying to negotiate strong anti-retaliation language with the Boeing Co. in particular. Strong anti-retaliation measures are necessary because SPEEA members continue to report being punished by their managers for speaking up about quality and safety concerns.

In the absence of strong anti-retaliation agreements, the whistleblower seminar will provide Council Reps the basic tools to be front-line resources to SPEEA members who are considering speaking up about an issue but don’t trust their employers’ internal systems.

Posted 5/14/2024
Spotlite print delivery delay

The May Spotlite was sent to the wrong mailing list due to what appears to be a post office software error. Spotlite will be mailed to the correct list by Tuesday, May 14.

Posted 5/09/2024
Non-work hours

Join Boeing Fire Fighters on picket line
In an unprecedented move, the Boeing Co. locked out its unionized Washington state Fire Fighters May 4.

Local I-66 President Casey Yeager said his negotiating team presented Boeing on April 29 with a “reasonable, meet-in-the-middle” contract proposal that represented a compromise between the union’s initial demands and Boeing’s twice-rejected offer.

“Boeing refused to consider it,” he said. “The company told us we’ll have to take the offer we’ve already rejected twice, because we won’t get anything better. Now with this lockout, it’s trying to bully us into accepting a bad contract.”

Join the picket lines during non-work hours.

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Posted 5/08/2024
2024 Prof and Tech salary charts now online  

Salary charts for the SPEEA-represented Prof and Tech employees at The Boeing Company are online (drop-down menu: Member Tools).

Access is password-protected and requires work email and BEMS ID. See instructions for accessing the charts on the web page.

Salary chart access is also available in the SPEEA member portal at

Salary charts for SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems will be updated when the data is available (typically later in the summer).

Posted 5/01/2024
From interviewing to presenting to building a drone, ACE can help!

SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement (ACE) has a number of classes in the next two months to help you grow your professional and technical skills.

The classes are offered online or in person at the SPEEA Puget Halls.

Some of the many classes coming up are:

  • Aerospace 101: Computer Aided Design & Drone Building | Hands-On at SPEEA Everett May 6, 13, 20, 29, & June 3, 4-8 p.m. (PT): Learn the end-to-end process of building and programming DIY drones. The course will culminate in a final project where the participants will build a complete drone from scratch and program its flight patterns. Participants will be taught how to fly their DIY drones.
  • Presentation Skills for Engineers & Aerospace Professionals | In-Person at SPEEA Everett May 14 & 16, 5-8 p.m. (PT): Mastering PowerPoint presentations in engineering is crucial, involving many details. It's not just about sharing information but keeping your audience interested. The goal of this course is to refine your ability to effectively convey your message in a captivating and memorable way.
Posted 4/30/2024
SPEEA applauds bipartisan agreement on FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – SPEEA, IFPTE 2001 proudly joins fellow aerospace labor unions in congratulating the U.S. House and Senate leadership for their collaborative efforts in achieving a bipartisan agreement on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill.

Passage of this legislation demonstrates congressional dedication to strengthening the FAA and prioritizing crucial aspects of aviation safety. Further, the increased funding for the Aviation Workforce Development Program, along with the introduction of a new grant program for our manufacturing workforce, represents a vital investment in our nation’s aerospace workers, ensuring the ongoing leadership of the U.S. in aerospace.

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Posted 4/30/2024
NW members
Look for IFPTE SPEEA-Area NW VP ballot package!

Northwest SPEEA members are casting ballots to select two candidates to serve as SPEEA-Area Northwest Vice Presidents on the IFPTE Executive Council. Ballot packages were mailed April 29 to regular members in good standing in SPEEA's Northwest region.

Look for an envelope from us marked 'IFPTE SPEEA-Area NW VP Ballot Enclosed.' Each package includes voting instructions, candidate statements, a ballot, a ballot envelope and a post-paid return envelope.

Replacement ballots
If you have not received your ballot by Monday, May 6, or need a replacement, email Include your full name, BEMS ID and preferred email address.

Seven candidates submitted valid petitions for the two seats. They are listed below in ballot order as determined in a random drawing by the Northwest Tellers:

    • Dan Nowlin
    • Emily Brent-Fulps
    • David Garrett
    • John Dimas
    • Shaunna Winton
    • Christopher Tracy
    • Ryan Rule

Use the postage-paid return envelope to mail your ballot or drop it into the secured ballot Box at SPEEA's Tukwila or Everett halls by noon, Wednesday, May 15. Ballots arriving after the deadline are not counted no matter the postmark date. Be sure to write your first / last name and employee number on the back of the return envelope for verification purposes.

Ballot results wil be posted here, following counting and certification by the NW Tellers. The two candidates with the most votes will be formally nominated and elected at the 61st Triennial IFPTE Convention this July.

Reminder on campaigning
Federal laws prohibit the use of company or union resources, such as bulletin boards, email or printers, in campaigning. This applies to the candidates and their supporters.

Posted 4/18/2024
Labor complaint to secure more information
SPEEA alleges retaliation in Boeing ODA case

SEATTLE – Boeing Co. managers retaliated against two SPEEA union members who had been designated as representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration, after the union members insisted the company reevaluate prior engineering work on the 777 and 787 to account for a new FAA advisory.

That’s according to the union, which on April 18 filed a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint in order to get access to a report Boeing filed with the FAA about the incident. The report is needed for the union to successfully appeal actions taken against one of the affected workers; the other has quit Boeing over the way he was treated. Both workers were certified for Organization Delegation Authorization (ODA) to work on behalf of the FAA.  

“Boeing can tell Congress and the media all it wants about how ‘retaliation is strictly prohibited,’” said SPEEA Director of Strategic Development Rich Plunkett. “But our union is fighting retaliation cases on a regular basis, and in this specific case, Boeing is trying to hide information that would shed light on what happened.”

Click here for the complete Press release and Unfair Labor Practice (ULP)

Posted 4/18/2024
Seeking NW members to run for SPEEA Executive Board VP

Following the recent election of President John Dimas, there is now an interim vacancy on SPEEA's Executive Board for Northwest vice president. The Northwest Council will elect a member to fill this vacancy at its June 5 special meeting.

Candidates must meet the minimum qualification of continuous SPEEA membership for at least two years. To run, email your signed petition, position, platform statement and answers to Council questions to by Tuesday, May 21 by 4:30 p.m. (PT).

Click here to view the full election guide and petition.

Posted 4/15/2024
SPEEA supports Boeing firefighters fighting for a fair contract
Union firefighters at Boeing on Monday rejected a second contract offer from the company.

The members of International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local I-66 had rejected a previous Boeing offer on March 3. Union leaders say they are willing to continue talks in hope of reaching an agreement that brings pay up to the level of other Puget Sound fire departments, increases staffing to internationally recognized standards and reduces the amount of time it takes firefighters to reach the top of their pay scale.

SPEEA’s Executive Board sent a letter of support to the union’s leadership.

Local I-66 staffs Boeing fire stations at Auburn, Everett, Frederickson, Renton, Seattle and Moses Lake.

Along with being lifesaving first responders to accidents and medical emergencies on Boeing property, these specialized fire fighters are on hand whenever a Boeing aircraft is fueled or takes off for a delivery or test flight. The fire prevention work they do has saved the company billions of dollars in insurance premiums.

Read the letter

Posted 3/29/2024
SPEEA members benefit
Boeing acknowledges EIP error; some to get more money, none taken back

Boeing notified SPEEA it had provided Employee Incentive Plan (EIP) bonuses based on misclassified business units for potentially thousands of Boeing workers.

The company mistakenly paid some employees the Corporate (CORP) EIP bonus instead of the bonus applicable to the business unit they supported in 2023. As a result, impacted workers supporting Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) and Boeing Defense Systems (BDS) were overpaid. SPEEA members working for Boeing Global Services were underpaid by more than 30%. 

SPEEA filed an information request with Boeing after a number of members reported concerns about a potential error in their EIP payouts. Some had been informed by their management that overpayments would be taken back out of three upcoming paychecks.

On March 28, Boeing told SPEEA it will make SPEEA members whole if they were underpaid and will not take back money that was overpaid. “We appreciate Boeing fixing this and ensuring that nobody was harmed by the error,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director. 

The 2023 performance year's EIP formula should have paid bonuses between 3.6% and 5.95% of an individual's eligible earnings, based on the performance of the business unit to which they are assigned.

Posted 3/29/2024
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for NW Council STEM grant

Are you a Northwest SPEEA member involved in STEM outreach? Apply for a Northwest Council grant related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).

Click here for application

The deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 15.

The grants are distributed to help non-profit organizations promote students’ interest in STEM-related careers.

Grant applications can only be submitted by Northwest members who are connected to the organization as a coach, mentor or parent with a student involved, for example.

Past STEM grant recipients include robotics teams affiliated with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF).

Members needed for grant review committee

Northwest SPEEA members are encouraged to apply for the committee reviewing STEM grant applications. The committee, which includes Northwest Council officers, provides its recommendation to the Council for a vote.

To apply for the STEM Grant Review Committee, email with your contact information and school district where you live by noon, Friday, June 28.

Posted 3/26/2024
Press Release

SPEEA wins reinstatement for seven Boeing pilots in labor case

The Boeing Company violated federal labor law by retaliating against seven of its instructor pilots who had engaged in union activity, a federal administrative law judge ruled.

“I find that Boeing was motivated by anti-union animus and was punishing its (Flight Training Airplane) pilots for their union activity in April 2020,” Judge Gerald M. Etchingham wrote in his order issued March 22 for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “No other rational explanation exists.”

The judge ordered Boeing to offer the seven pilots their jobs back, pay them for lost wages and benefits and restore their positions – which had been outsourced to non-union contractors – to the company’s full-time, union-represented payroll.
“The ruling is a resounding win for our union-represented pilots,” said Ray Goforth, the executive director of SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, which represented the Boeing instructor pilots before their work was outsourced to third-party contractors. The union pursued the federal complaint on their behalf.

“Boeing systematically dismantled the pilot training safety system that had served the company and its customers well for decades,” Goforth said. “They stripped the safety system for parts, pocketed the savings, then contracted out the remaining pieces to pretend that no substantive changes had occurred.” - Press release continued

Link to NLRB ruling

Posted 3/25/2024
SPEEA statement on Boeing executives’ departures amid safety crisis

SPEEA responds to news of Boeing CEO and other executives leaving the company in the midst of the company’s safety crisis, including the door plug blowout on Alaska Flight 1282.

“The problems in Boeing’s executive suite are systemic. Nothing is going to change for the better without company leadership acknowledging their failures and thoroughly committing to fixing them,” SPEEA said in a statement.

SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth added: “The next CEO should be an aerospace engineer. This company thrived under engineering leadership for decades but has lurched from crisis to crisis with MBAs running the company.”

Posted 3/13/2024
Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU)

Five members on WEU Negotiation Team
Congratulations to Benjamin BlankleyLaura Dame SantryR Matthew JoyceBrennan Macklin and Derek Milligan. They were elected March 13 to serve on the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU). Negotiation Team. The WEU Bargaining Unit Council Reps voted to determine the negotiation team members.

In addition to negotiations training, the team will meet regularly with staff to prepare for contract negotiations with Spirit AeroSystems. The SPEEA-Spirit WEU contract expires Dec. 1.
Posted 2/26/2024
SPEEA welcomes FAA report on Boeing safety culture;
calls for change

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) panel of experts, which included SPEEA Director of Strategic Development Rich Plunkett, spent the past 14 months reviewing safety procedures and quality processes at the Boeing Co. Their report is out this morning.

Read more

Posted 2/1/2024
Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
SPEEA proposes safety program for Boeing professionals

In an effort to improve quality and safety procedures at Boeing, SPEEA has proposed a new process that would protect unionized engineers and technicians who speak out about potential problems they see in their work area or even mistakes with their own work.

The proposed Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) would be a tri-party agreement signed by Boeing, SPEEA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). SPEEA brought the proposal forward in a meeting with Boeing executives on Jan. 31.

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Posted 1/23/2024
SPEEA supports ‘Speak Up’ for a ‘reporting culture’

Rich Plunkett, SPEEA director of strategic development, also serves on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Organization Designation Authorizations Expert Panel and recently joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency Task Force.

By Rich Plunkett
SPEEA Director of Strategic Development

By now, most members have taken the Safety Management System (SMS) training “Product Safety: Every Decision Matters” and are aware of Boeing’s Speak Up system. Yet, few use the Speak Up program, preferring to rely upon less formal reporting methodologies (e.g., talking with your local manager, another member of management, etc.) with the assumption that they will resolve the concern and/or mitigate the hazard. Unfortunately, informal reporting mechanisms don’t guarantee the issue will find its way into the SMS as they do not have the formality of the Speak Up system.

Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun’s words during the presentation by executives regarding the Alaska Flight 1282 accident were: “Everything matters, every detail matters” and “… the strength is all of you speaking up.” 

Boeing’s technical and engineering professionals are in powerful and unique positions to improve product safety and quality.  We have a direct impact on the technical and safety matters under our control (i.e., what we are paid to do). We can also impact other safety areas with thoughtful suggestions on improvements to processes, decisions, protocols.  Hence, we can answer Calhoun’s call to action by sharing our unique insights regarding all things that impact the collective ability to produce the greatest aviation products on the planet. 

Boeing is just starting to embrace the concept of “Just Culture,” which encourages the reporting of safety concerns without fear of retaliation. Fortunately, SPEEA-represented employees have an additional layer of protection – Just Cause, which is found in Article 3 of the Engineering and Technical contracts. With these tools, we can move towards what is known as a “reporting culture.” To help with the redundant systems, please consider sending a copy of any Speak Up submittals to

Posted 1/17/2024
SPEEA Profs and Techs
Boeing updates retention timeline

Boeing recently issued an updated timeline for this year’s retention rating process for Profs and Techs. The new effective date is May 6.

Boeing managers assign retention ratings to SPEEA-represented employees each year. The retention ratings determine the general order if layoffs are needed.

For the updated schedule and more information about retention ratings and SPEEA’s appeal process, click here or go to the SPEEA website’s drop-down menu: Member Tools/Retention.

Posted 12/13/2023
SPEEA media statement on Boeing return-to-office policy
In response to calls from the media regarding Boeing’s recent communication on return-to-office expectations, SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth reiterated SPEEA’s position.

Media statement

Right now, Boeing’s expectation is for our members to be in-office, but they’re letting managers have flexibility in allowing remote work, when it makes sense for their work group. We’d encourage Boeing to keep this status quo.

We’ve heard from some of our members that they will leave Boeing if they are forced to be in-office full time. We wouldn’t expect to see people quit their jobs, however, until the company actually mandates that.

Boeing has the ability, under our current contract, to both allow and terminate remote work arrangements at its discretion. However, in Letter of Understanding 13, Boeing acknowledges that remote work is “a viable option” that can “benefit both the company and the individual.”

We believe the data shows that remote work has proven its value. The SPEEA Council in October passed a resolution of continued support for remote-work options.

If Boeing can outsource engineering work to Poland or India – effectively letting those workers telecommute from other continents – it can and should also allow its aerospace professionals living in Stanwood or Sumner to work remotely too.
Posted 7/21/2023
Boeing Profs and Techs
SPEEA contracts limit how long managers can
stop employees from transferring

While Boeing continues to push for individuals to speak up when they see something and otherwise operate as informed, intelligent individuals, some managers are pushing for containment.

One of those measures is to keep employees in their current positions when the individual wants to transfer to another Boeing job. SPEEA’s Prof and Tech contracts limit the amount of time a manager can keep an employee from transferring, which is contrary to the new, non-union enterprise practice.

Our contracts reference an older Boeing policy that includes a number of important details. The policy includes a process for “Critical Situations” related to retention of employees which logically includes visibility to and the approval of a vice president. 

For all other situations, employees are considered “releaseable” 12 months after their date of hire, rehire, recall from layoff or being transferred at their own request. The policy also includes the caveat below:

Release earlier than 12 months or from an established program or job assignment conclusion date may be authorized when the releasing management determines such release to be in the best interest of the company and employee.


If you are told you cannot take another position due to not being in your job long enough, email and ask for your contract administrator. See your contract online at (drop-down menu: Bargaining Units/Contracts).

Updated 9/22/2022
The Boeing Company
Virtual work should remain an option for SPEEA members

The Boeing Company’s unilateral corporate edict for employees to return to the workplace is more focused on workplace optics than actual data regarding productivity.

SPEEA-represented employees continue to show high levels of productivity – whether working on-site or virtually.

Union leaders and staff have repeatedly engaged Boeing on the need to allow employees to work virtually. Despite Boeing acknowledging virtual work is not impacting productivity and the company’s elimination of many on-site work spaces, corporate remains committed to returning its employees to the workplace.

While requiring its own direct employees to return to the workplace, Boeing continues to outsource work to locations around the world – effectively allowing this outsourced work to be performed offsite.

The people who are entrusted to design, engineer and support the manufacturing of the world’s most sophisticated aerospace products should also be trusted by their employer to decide how to best get their group’s work statement completed. It is unfortunate management continues to assert its right to manage workers with less than adequate regard for the needs and well-being of its employees.

We encourage employees who want or need to continue working virtually to discuss their situation, viable options, and accommodations with their manager. Many local managers are working with employees and finding solutions such as long-term telecommuting or leave of absences.

Information in LOU-13 relating to Virtual Office/Telecommuting of the Prof and Tech contracts may be helpful.

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Established committees, along with their charter and officers are listed on the committee pages. For more information, attend a meeting or contact one of the committee officers.

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