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Posted 12/2/2022
Executive Board

SPEEA regional vice president seats up for election
If you’re ready to take your union involvement to a higher level, consider running for a regional vice president seat on the Executive Board.

Northwest – three seats
Midwest – one seat

About the election
Eligibility – Candidates must have been a regular SPEEA member in good standing for the preceding twenty-four-month period.

Election instructions – See the election booklet at (drop-down menu: Councils/Forms, Petitions, Deadlines). The election booklet includes the petition, deadlines and candidate questions.

Timeline – Petitions and candidate information are due toward the end of January. SPEEA sends ballots to all members in good standing in February. Votes are counted March 8. New two-year terms start March 22.
About 25 SPEEA elected leaders, members and represented employees came to the Wichita office Nov. 30 to discuss workplace issues, such as Spirit’s new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phone policy affecting non-represented employees.
Posted 12/2/2022
Questions growing about BYOD
Work disruption likely from Spirit’s BYOD program

SPEEA continues to receive questions around Spirit’s “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) program and the decision to turn off ALL company provided cell phones on Dec. 15.

SPEEA-represented employees are exempt from the BYOD program because management is unwilling to address concerns regarding the protection and safety of employees’ information and provide equitable reimbursement for the use of personal mobile phones. With management putting proprietary software on employees’ personal cell phones, your information is at risk.

The exemption for 2,500 SPEEA-represented employees resulted after union officials met with Spirit management.
Among our concerns are:
              • Lack of privacy/potential access to personal information.
              • $45 per month is not enough for a dedicated smartphone and plan.
              • Approval-process is too subjective.
              • Management can cancel reimbursement at any time.
              • Potential abuse of personal/non-work time.
              • Insufficient protections for those who don’t agree to BYOD.
      With management unwilling to address our concerns, SPEEA and Spirit agreed the BYOD program is not applicable to SPEEA-represented employees. It remains management’s responsibility to provide the necessary tools to accomplish the work assigned, including company purchased mobile devices for communicating company business.

      No BYOD for SPEEA

      If management asks anyone to provide their personal phone for company use, politely decline, and let your local Council Rep or SPEEA staff know immediately. Not sure who is your Council Rep? Go to (drop-down menu: Find Your Council Rep).

      SPEEA-represented employees are not required to use their personal phone for company business.

      As Spirit rolls out its BYOD program, we are capturing questions from SPEEA-represented employees.

      Questions SPEEA-represented employees are asking about Spirit’s BYOD

Posted 11/2/2022
2023 payday calendars

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Starting in January, go to (Drop-down menu: Member Tools/Payday Calendars)
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. The Boeing website still lists its Russian facilities and operations and refers to its Moscow Design Center as “the largest engineering division outside the United States.” There is no mention of suspended operations on the Boeing/Russia webpages.

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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