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“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”

Martin Luther King Jr., at the Illinois AFL-CIO convention, 1965
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Honoring the legacy of civil rights leader

Labor unions across the country will join in remembering Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is observed Jan. 17 as a national, federal holiday.

A number of events are planned, including many virtual opportunities, in our communities. Click on links below to see more details.

 

In observance and honor of King’s birthday, SPEEA offices close Jan. 17. 

Posted 1/6/2022
Deadline for Petitions

Leadership opportunities on Executive Board!

Deadlines are coming up to run for multiple SPEEA Executive Board seats.

Working remote?
The election instructions include a template for asking a member to sign your petition and send it to a special email address.

Note: Do not use company email to collect petition signatures or to campaign.SPEEA is seeking eligible members interested in running for president, treasurer and secretary to serve on the Executive Board. New two-year terms start March 23.

For each open seat, see the election booklet to find eligibility requirements, petition and required candidate information and deadlines. (See links below)
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Northwest vice president

This is an interim position to fill a vacancy. The term ends March 22, 2023.

Candidate information, including a petition signed by members,
is due by noon, Friday, Jan. 14.

Candidates will be invited to speak at the Northwest Council meeting Feb. 10,
prior to the Council vote.
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Executive Board officers

The SPEEA president, treasurer and secretary seats are all open for new, two-year terms.

Candidate petitions can be submitted from Jan. 12-26, with additional information due by Jan. 31.

SPEEA sends ballots to all members in good standing in February. Votes are counted March 9, with new terms starting March 23.

Officer election guide
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About the Board

The seven-member Board directs SPEEA’s activities through the executive director, prepares the annual budget and monitors expenses. Board members also serve as the team for any interim negotiations between formal bargaining sessions. The board members serve two-year terms.

Posted 1/6/2022

ACE learning opportunities to kick-start the new year

Registration is now open for two, exciting SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement (ACE) learning opportunities in January to open the new year for aerospace professionals. These classes are virtual and, like all ACE learning events, are free to attend from your personal computer.

Register today!

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Tuesday, Jan. 18 | Thursday, Jan. 20
5 to 7 p.m. (PT)

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Wednesday, Jan. 19
5 to 6 p.m. (PT)

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Posted 1/7/2022
Executive Board
SPEEA supports labor issues and union actions

The SPEEA Executive Board continues to support labor issues and our fellow labor unions in their fights for better labor contracts. When called for, some letters also include a donation to support striking workers.

Among the most recent support efforts and letters are:

 

The letters were also sent to respective state and local labor councils.

Posted 12/17/2021
Boeing update: Vaccine mandate is suspended

The Boeing Company has suspended its vaccine mandate for U.S. employees based on a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court halting enforcement of the mandate for federal contractors.

The suspension comes as enforcement of the mandate continues to wind through the courts.

SPEEA still recommends employees who don't have medical contraindications or religious objections, get vaccinated and get the vaccine booster. Boeing said additional safety requirements may be issued in 2022 for unvaccinated employees.

Boeing’s statement said 92% of its U.S. employees are vaccinated or received a medical or religious exemption. The suspension of the mandate comes after the company previously pushed the deadline for employee vaccinations into February.

Your union leaders and SPEEA staff continue to listen to member’s concerns, monitor developments and seek answers to questions regarding developments around vaccine mandates and workplace safety.

If you, a co-worker, or family member needs assistance during these difficult times, remember assistance is available through SPEEA and employee assistance programs where we work. These are difficult times at work and home. Take advantage of the benefits and services available.

SPEEA offices in Tukwila and Everett are open but with very reduced staff. Telephones are being forwarded as SPEEA staff continue to work remotely to reduce face-to-face contact per government and health care recommendations. Midwest workers looking to visit the office should contact staff first.

Posted 12/14/2021
SPEEA monitoring
Boeing correcting 401(k) accounts impacting 142,000 individuals

The Boeing Company is correcting errors to its 401(k) calculations that are impacting 142,000 individuals, including a small number of active and former SPEEA-represented employees.

The corrections are required by law. While some employees will see additional funds to their 401(k) accounts, other corrections require deducting funds from participants accounts. SPEEA is aware of the errors and monitoring the situation to ensure accurate corrections are made to the accounts of current and former members.

The errors occurred from August 2017 to July 2021 and are resulting in corrections to the accounts of 142,000 participants. Some impacts are negative, some positive, some minor and some up to $3,500.

According to Boeing, more than 70,000 participants (including an unknown number of SPEEA-represented employees and retirees) are receiving additional funds. However, some corrections require funds to be returned. These negative adjustments include 25 current SPEEA members and 23 formerly represented employees.

Boeing informed SPEEA corrections are taking place this week and employees should receive official notification from the company during the next week.

Visit the COVID-19 Updates Resources and Information page - click here

Download the Vaccine Mandate and Exemption sheet

Posted 11/16/2021
Executive Board statement on vaccines

With continued concerns about vaccines, mandates and how our employers implement compliance, SPEEA reminds represented employees of the importance of remaining safe at work and respecting the views of co-workers.

This reminder comes as several members recently voiced concerns after witnessing heated discussions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, federal mandates and company plans for compliance. These are added to concerns about social distancing and face mask use in the workplace. Having and helping to maintain a safe work environment is a responsibility everyone shares. If you experience confrontational discussions or lapses in workplace safety, report it to the appropriate company official and to SPEEA.

As stated in the SPEEA Code of Conduct:

The strength of our solidarity depends on recognizing and honoring the worth of each other. SPEEA and the labor movement value human dignity. We believe people should treat each other with respect and consideration.

SPEEA continues to listen to member’s concerns and seek answers to questions regarding our employers’ compliance plans. The SPEEA Executive Board and your union staff are monitoring developments and stand ready to ensure your welfare and rights are protected.

If you, a co-worker or family member needs assistance during these difficult times, remember assistance is available through SPEEA and employee assistance programs where we work. These are difficult times at work and home. Take advantage of the benefits and services available.

SPEEA offices in Tukwila and Everett are open but with very reduced staff. Telephones are being forwarded as SPEEA staff continue to work remotely to reduce face-to-face contact per government and health care recommendations. Midwest workers looking to visit the office should contact staff first.

Visit the COVID-19 Updates Resources and Information page - click here

Download the Vaccine Mandate and Exemption sheet

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.

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