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 Aerospace Career Enhancement Special, two-part event featuring 'Picture a Scientist'
The SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement (ACE) program is hosting a virtual film screening and panel discussion about the movie “Picture a Scientist.” This event is co-sponsored by the SPEEA Diversity Committee.
The virtual panel discussion features former SPEEA President Jennifer MacKay and Linda Thomas, former SPEEA activist and award-winning engineer. They will join a scientist featured in the documentary. Learn more at www.friendofspeea.org/picture-a-scientist.
When registering for the panel discussion, Wednesday, June 16 at 5 p.m. (PDT), you will also receive a link to virtually view the film on your own time between June 13-20.
Virtual film screening & panel discussion PICTURE A SCIENTIST
Wednesday, June 16 | 5 p.m. (PDT)
About SPEEA ACE
The SPEEA ACE program originated with the help of money from a Washington state grant with a mission to help promote, expand and enhance workforce training and education and support in the aerospace, and aerospace supply chain industries. SPEEA ACE is committed to providing curriculum development and instructor training for aerospace professionals and industry experts needing to maintain or gain new skills.
IFPTE Statement Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Shootings
WASHINGTON, DC - IFPTE President, Paul Shearon, Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director Matt Biggs and Western Area Vice Presidents Gus Vallejo and Larry Griffin, issued the following joint statement on behalf of IFPTE in response to the tragic shootings at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility in San Jose, California.
“IFPTE sends our deepest condolences to the victims of yet another senseless shooting this morning at the VTA rail facility in San Jose. While details of this horrific act are still being made public, it is our understanding at this point that no IFPTE members employed by the VTA have been hurt or killed. However, it is being reported that as many as eight VTA workers who are members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 have been killed, and others have been injured. IFPTE mourns the loss of union Siblings who work side by side with IFPTE Local 21 members and stands ready to provide assistance to the ATU members’ families and loved ones. We encourage IFPTE members and locals to support the victims relief fund being administered by the Working Partnerships USA.”
IFPTE petition results
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.
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 email@example.com 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.