SPEEA publications and
the website are only using
group photographs if everyone
in the photo is wearing a proper facial covering. Children under
the age of two years and individuals in the same
immediate family are exempt.
This policy remains in effect
in compliance with public
health guidelines and until the
SPEEA Executive Board
rescinds the policy.
SPEEA will conduct an election for two Northwest vice president seats on the IFPTE Executive Council.
R Matthew Joyce ran unopposed for the Midwest seat.
A total of eight members submitted valid petitions to serve as convention delegates to the IFPTE triennial convention. See below.
The SPEEA Tellers validated the VP and delegate petitions May 5.
Northwest SPEEA Area VP candidates(two seats)
Mohammed Riaz Khan
*Names listed in ballot order as determined by the Tellers in a random drawing.
SPEEA will mail ballots to Northwest members’ homes by June 2. Ballots are due at SPEEA’s post office box by noon, Wednesday, June 16.
The following delegates successfully petitioned to represent
SPEEA at the virtual IFPTE conference Aug. 9-10.
Jimmie L Mathis
They will join hundreds of delegates from across North America, including Canada, at the convention to elect officers, vote on actions and motions to set policy and participate in workshops on labor issues.
Video available! Spirit AeroSystems open enrollment: May 3 - May 13
A video explanation of the medical benefit options available to SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems is now available for viewing.
The May 3 to 13 open enrollment is the only time of the year to make routine changes to your health care plan unless you have a qualified status change during the year.
During the 40-minute video, SPEEA Benefits Director Matt Kempf explains the options for employees in the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) and the Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU).
Additional information is in your May Spotlite magazine.
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:
Ensures workers can collectively push for the changes they want to see at their jobs without fear of retaliation.
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.
SPEEA members who used the near-site daycare centers in Everett or Renton Longacres operated by Bright Horizons during the past three years are entitled to a refund as the result of a recent grievance and settlement with The Boeing Company.
The 10% refund of tuition expenses is available to members who used the Bright Horizons daycares between Jan. 1, 2018 and May 1, 2021. The facilities had been making a 10% profit instead of operating on a not-for-profit basis as agreed upon in Letter Of Understanding 1 (LOU 1) in the Professional and Technical contracts.
To receive the refund, request a “Tax Form” from Bright Horizons as proof of your expenses and email it to Daycare@speea.org. Members have until July 1 to submit documentation of expenses.
Beginning May 1, SPEEA-represented employees using these two facilities will receive a 10% discount
as part of the Bright Horizons subsidy program.
This subsidy will be reviewed on an annual basis to maintain congruence with the language in LOU 1.
To enroll in the subsidy program, notify your center that you are a SPEEA-represented employee.
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.
You can apply for the committee to review STEM grant applications along with the Northwest Council officers. The committee provides recommendations to the Council for a vote.
To apply for the STEM Grant Review Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and school district where you live by noon, Thursday, July 1.
Get involved! Council Rep seats available for members
Members interested in serving their co-workers as a Council Rep have until noon, Tuesday, May 11, to complete a petition and submit a statement (150 words max). Council Rep duties and responsibilities can be found on the website – Member Tools, Council Reps.
Seated Council Reps receive an adjusted retention rating as outlined in section 12.1(h)(1) of the
Professional and Technical contracts.
For instructions, petition and district delineations, click here or go to www.speea.org (drop-down menu –
Councils/Forms, Petitions, Delineations).
Virtual work at Boeing 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.