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Posted 8/4/2021
Webinar and comparisons

Making sense of Washington's new Long Term Care program
With members seeking information about the Washington (WA) Cares Fund and the Trustmark voluntary plan offering recently announced by Boeing, SPEEA Senior Director of Compensation and Retirement Matt Kempf, CFP ®, CEBS®, recorded a webinar and put together on-line tools to help explain the differences between the WA Cares Fund and the Trustmark insurance product.

The state legislature created the WA Cares Fund to make long-term care available to all workers in the state. Funded through a payroll tax which starts in 2022, the benefit is capped at $36,500. An opt-out is available for people who have long term care insurance in place by Nov. 1 and apply for a state exemption between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022. 


Long-Term Care Webinar - Webinar presentation

WA Cares vs. Trustmark Insurance - PDF

Example - WA Cares & Trustmark Insurance - Excel link

Posted 8/4/2021
Tom McCarty, SPEEA past president, dies at 77
Thomas (Tom) McCarty, a past SPEEA president and inventor of the environmentally friendly burn barrel, died at his home July 27.
Tom McCarty


McCarty, 77, served as SPEEA president from 2010 to 2014. An electronics and electrical engineer at Boeing for more than 41 years, he retired in 2014 and lived in Seattle with his wife of 13 years Sara Arnold.

In addition to SPEEA president, McCarty served terms as SPEEA treasurer, Professional Negotiation Team member, Council Rep, Area Rep, IFPTE vice president and more recently president of the Engineering Retirees Society (ERS). In 2018, he received a SPEEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Tom was union through and through,” said Joel Funfar, past president who worked with McCarty on several Negotiation Teams. “He always had time to talk and share his wisdom. I learned a lot from him.”

Born May 10, 1944, McCarty was the oldest of six children whose parents were both teachers and union members. A SPEEA member his entire career, the one-day strike in 1993 increased his own union interest. Soon after, he became a Council Rep. Early in the strike of 2000, McCarty heard the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the picket line open burn barrels were a problem. While others worried, McCarty dove into solving the problem. Within days, he had designed EPA-compliant burn barrels and was delivering them to the picket lines. In 2020, McCarty completed and published “Picket Line,” a book about the 40-day strike.

McCarty was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jean and son Corey. A private, family service is planned with a public picnic in his honor to be held at a later day.
Posted 8/4/2021
Traveling Vietnam Memorial at Enumclaw

ENUMCLAW, Wash. – The SPEEA Veterans Committee encourages Puget Sound members to visit a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Enumclaw, Wash., Aug. 5-8.

“This is an important opportunity to pause and reflect on their ultimate sacrifice,” said Craig Kowald, a SPEEA Veterans Committee member.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1949 arranged for “The Moving Wall” to come to the soccer fields between Sunrise and Southwood Elementary Schools.

Help needed

If you’re interested in volunteering, email L_dub33@msn.com

Posted 8/3/2021
Union Solidarity Night

Free tickets for Everett AquaSox Aug. 12

SPEEA has a limited number of free tickets for the Snohomish and Island County Labor Council Union Solidarity Night at the Everett AquaSox, Thursday, Aug. 12.

Get your tickets at the SPEEA Everett Hall, first come-first served.

AquaSox vs. Vancouver Canadians
Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7:05 p.m.
Funko Field, Everett

This is a Throwback Thursday with $2.50 specials on popcorn, hotdogs, Pepsi products and Coors Light.

Posted 8/3/2021
Posted 8/4/Science, Technology, Engineering and Math >

Apply for STEM grant

The Northwest Council is accepting applications for this year’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grants.

Northwest members can apply if they are involved in a non-profit encouraging students’ interest in related careers.

Click here for application

Grant applications must be submitted by Aug. 15.

Posted 8/3/2021
Help end human trafficking

Join SPEEA in the ICT SOS ‘Race for Freedom’

Help put an end to human trafficking by joining the SPEEA team in the Race for Freedom, Saturday, Sept. 11, at Carpenter Place, Wichita.

This year’s 5K race and fun run race will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual. Race fees range from $25 to $35.

SPEEA is proud to be a sponsor of the event, hosted by ICT SOS, a Wichita non-profit which raises money to support education, awareness and hands-on support related to human trafficking.

Join the team

Send your check, payable to ICT SOS, and completed registration form to SPEEA, 4621 E. 47th St. S, Wichita, KS 67210.

Registration forms and payments are due at SPEEA Wichita by Friday, Aug. 20.

Registration questions? Email vickim@speea.org.

What is the PRO Act?

Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is landmark legislation that gives workers a fair chance to organize a labor union at work without employer interference. Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, the legislation (H.R. 842 and S.420) now awaits a vote in the Senate.

This federal legislation, if passed by the Senate, accomplishes two primary objectives:

  1. Ensures workers can collectively push for the changes they want to see at their jobs without fear of retaliation.
  2. Strengthen workers’ rights to form a union and negotiate for the changes they choose.

Currently, there are no penalties for employers who illegally retaliate against, or fire workers for collective action to organize. Today’s labor laws are outdated and fail to protect working people who voice concerns or seek workplace improvements.

Read more about Pro Act and Take Action!

The Boeing Company
Virtual work is agreement between manager/employee
SPEEA received reports Boeing may require all employees working virtually to do so from a location covered by the Puget Sound (Tech or Prof) contracts. For some, this means relocating from current virtual locations back to the Puget Sound region or other areas covered by the contracts.

Despite what managers are telling impacted employees, SPEEA did NOT request this change. Virtual work arrangements are coordinated between SPEEA-represented employees and their managers.

Those who may be impacted are encouraged to contact their manager to discuss possible options or accommodations, such as long-term telecommuting or taking a leave of absence.

If concerns are not resolved, members should document the conversation and then talk to your SPEEA Council Representative.

Information in LOU-13 relating to Virtual Office/Telecommuting of the Prof and Tech contracts may be helpful.
Stay safe!
SPEEA urges everyone to get vaccinated!

SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, urges everyone to get informed and get vaccinated. Check out this fact sheet on the COVID-19 vaccine from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

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