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Posted 5/17/2023
Friday, June 2
Reception to honor the passing of Joel Funfar

Joel Funfar
Former SPEEA President

Friends, co-workers and fellow union members are invited to a reception honoring the late Joel
from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, June 2 at SPEEA headquarters in Tukwila.

Joel, 59, died April 23, in a Tacoma hospital days after suffering aheart attack.

A past SPEEA President, Joel was currently serving as a SPEEA-Area Vice President on the IFPTE Executive Board. A second-generation Boeing employee with 32 years of service, Joel rose through the ranks of union offices serving as Area and Council Rep, Northwest and SPEEA Council Chair, Tech Negotiation Team as well as serving on numerous union committees and as a delegate to labor

The reception will allow friends to share memories of Joel and honor his many contributions to
SPEEA and the labor movement.

Posted 4/26/2023
NW Council Rep election results


E-23: Nathan Ledbetter and Mohammed A. Kadir

Plant II

P-10: Rick Yost


R-4: Peter Goodfellow

SPEEA Northwest Tellers counted the ballots and certified the election results Wednesday, April 26. For a tie vote in the P-10 election, the Tellers tossed a coin to determine the winner.


Vacancies remain - Run for a vacant Council seat!
Recent redistricting and retirements created, and left, vacancies that now need Council Representatives.

The Northwest and Midwest regions each have seats available for members interested in serving and working with fellow employees as their union representative. It’s rewarding work for members who want to make a difference at work!

For the instructions, petition and district delineation, click here. Submit your petition and statement to by noon, Tuesday, May 9.

List of districts with a vacancy

Benefits of becoming a Council Representative

  • Become more knowledgeable about your union contract and benefits and help others with questions.
  • Expand your network by getting to know more members, managers and others.
  • Enhance your problem-solving skills working with SPEEA staff to assist co-workers with contract or workplace issues.
  • Connect with company leaders through site partnership meetings at Boeing or meetings with Spirit AeroSystems’ CEO.
  • Additional protection from layoffs – see contract articles related to union officials.

Training is provided to Council Reps along with ongoing support from SPEEA contract administrators and other union staff.

Learn more at (drop-down menu: Member Tools/Council Reps).

Posted 4/26/2023
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
SPEEA & Spirit sign Letter Of Understanding regarding BYOD

After considerable discussion, the SPEEA Executive Board and Spirit AeroSystems reached an agreement to make Spirit’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy available to SPEEA-represented employees on a voluntary basis.

Formalized in a Letter Of Understanding (LOU) that is now part of union contracts, the agreement allows represented employees to participate in BYOD while still restricting the information Spirit is allowed to access on the personal cell phones of SPEEA-represented

SPEEA continues to have concerns about allowing the company to access any information on members’ personal devices. Members are urged to carefully consider the plusses and minuses before opting into the program that is voluntary for SPEEA-represented employees.

Read the BYOD Letter of Understanding

Posted 3/31/2023
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, Thursday, June 30.

Posted 9/28/2022
Solidarity with Ukraine
SPEEA calls for more action by Boeing against Russia

SEATTLE - Russia’s continued attack on Ukraine and its people demands more action by U.S. corporations, including The Boeing Company.

While more than 400 U.S. companies have stopped and removed operations in Russia, Boeing has only announced “suspension” of work in Moscow and elsewhere.

Boeing previously announced it will no longer buy titanium and aluminum from Russia. With the most recent announcement of Russia calling up more troops and escalating the war, it is clear stronger action is warranted.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, calls on Boeing to cease all operations in Russia and start the permanent transfer of that work to other locations.

The destruction and atrocities Russia is inflicting on Ukraine and its people will reverberate for decades after this brutal conflict ends. As a world leader in aerospace, Boeing’s permanent departure will send a strong message to Russia that there are far reaching consequences for invading and inflicting unforgivable death and destruction on sovereign countries and their people.

In making this call to Boeing, the 17,000 SPEEA-represented employees at Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems, extend a hand of solidarity to the people of Ukraine. While we cannot fully imagine the horrors Russia has inflicted on you, your families, and your way of life this past year, we are in awe of your bravery and resolve to save your country.

As a union formed and maintained by collective action, we stand in Solidarity with the people of Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with our call on Russia to end this conflict and recall its troops.

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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Committees are open to all members and cover a wide range of interests. Interested in politics? Join the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee. Other committees focus on diversity, member activities, new members, women's advocacy, veterans issues and other issues important to members. Attend a meeting to get a feel for the issues and activities. New issues and ideas are always welcome.

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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