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Posted 6/10/2024
SPEEA supports union flight attendents
At the SeaTac airport, SPEEA members and staff joined about 100 unionized flight attendants at Alaska, American and other airlines in a day of action June 13 to draw attention to their long-drawn-out efforts to win fair contracts. SPEEA is strongly supporting the flight attendants, who are members of both the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-Communications Workers of America (CWA). SPEEA’s Executive Board sent a letter to both unions, proclaiming that “corporate greed won’t fly.” Click here to read the full letter. SPEEA members also joined the picket line along with members of other unions, including Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Teamsters and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Labor Councils as well as airline pilots.
At the conclusion of the SPEEA Leadership Conference, Council Reps, Executive Board and other elected leaders and guests came together for this photo. Guests included IFPTE President Matt Biggs, IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Gay Henson and IFPTE Legislative Director Faraz Khan.
Posted 6/10/2024
Networking, training and inspiration at SPEEA convention/conference

SEATAC, Wash – About 100 Council Reps, Executive Board and labor activists came together for two days of meetings, training and networking June 7-8.

This is the only time SPEEA brings together activist members from out of state and across the Puget Sound to meet in person.
The SPEEA Council voted on motions to set policy at the annual convention June 7. During a special day of training, June 8, participants attended workshops organized by the SPEEA Leadership Development and Training (LDT) Committee.

Noting the SPEEA Leadership Conference theme, LDT Committee Chair and SPEEA Council Secretary Byron Henderson reflected:

“As we are ‘honoring our past and inspiring our future,’ this year’s conference has provided a leadership path for our union’s officials. I am excited for the future of SPEEA.”

Look for more photos and coverage in the upcoming SPEEA News and July SPEEA Spotlite.

Posted 6/5/2024
NW Council elects interim Executive Board regional VP

Congratulations to David Garrett, the new Northwest regional vice president, who will fill the interim vacancy created when former NW Regional Vice President John Dimas was elected SPEEA president.

The Northwest Council voted June 5 at a special Council meeting.

The Executive Board members are responsible for setting and administering the annual budget and administering the affairs of SPEEA. The regional VP terms expire in March 2025.

Posted 5/30/2024
IAFF Local I-66 members approve contract

Boeing’s lockout of its unionized firefighters has ended, after members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local I-66 overwhelmingly approved a new contract offer from the company.

SPEEA is pleased with the news.

“We congratulate the Boeing Fire Fighters on their contract win,” said SPEEA President John Dimas. “By holding the line for four tough weeks of this lockout, they secured increases in staffing that will improve the safety of all of us who work for Boeing. The pay increases they secured with this deal will help address the shortfalls that have made it hard for the company to keep and retain its specialized industrial Fire Fighters.”

Dimas added: “Congratulations to Local I-66. We look forward to seeing you back at work!”

Link to IAFF press release

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 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.

Join a committee!

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.

SPEEA Committees                        Midwest Committees                    Northwest Committees

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