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Posted 2/1/2023
Aerospace Analyst Panel to Discuss Release of Updated
Aerospace Competitive Economics Study (ACES)

EVERETT, Wash. -- IAMAW District 751 and SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, partnered again this past year to bring aerospace analysts and experts together to look at the vitality and competitiveness of the aerospace industry in Washington state and across the Nation.

Read the Aerospace Competitive Economics Study

For the third year, the Aerospace Competitive Economics Study (ACES) finds Washington is the most competitive business environment for the design, engineering and manufacture of major aerospace structures and the final assembly of aircraft.

IAM District 751 and SPEEA are bringing together an esteemed panel of industry and labor experts at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Future of Flight Museum in Mukilteo, to present the study, provide expert analysis of the results and offer recommendations for maintaining Washington state’s position as the leader in aerospace.

The panel will break down the numbers and talk about what the repeated top ranking means for the future of Washington state and its unparalleled workforce. The decisions made today by aerospace leaders at The Boeing Company and throughout the state’s aerospace supply chain will have substantial implications on jobs, the economy, higher education, and aerospace exports throughout the state for generations. These decisions will set the trajectory for the future success of the aerospace industry in the
Pacific Northwest. 

Dominic Gates, Aerospace Reporter, The Seattle Times

Richard L. Aboulafia, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory 
Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory
Martha Neubauer, Associate, AeroDynamic Advisory
Ron Epstein, Managing Director for Aerospace & Defense, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jon Holden, President/Directing Business Representative, IAMAW District 751
Richard Plunkett, Director of Strategic Development, SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001

Posted 1/26/2023
SPEEA Executive Board
Petition results for regional vice presidents

The Tellers validated petitions for six candidates for three Northwest regional vice president seats and one candidate for one Midwest regional vice president seat.

In the Midwest, Chris Streckfus ran unopposed for another term as MW regional vice president.

Northwest candidates - three positions

  • Mike Arrington
  • Christopher Tracy
  • Tami Reichersamer
  • John Dimas
  • Jeffrey L. Forbes
  • David Garrett

Names are in ballot order as determined by a random drawing.

SPEEA will mail a voting packet, including candidate information, to Northwest members’ homes by Feb. 20. Ballots will be counted, Wednesday, March 8.

Reminder about campaigning

Federal law prohibits candidates and their supporters from using company/union resources such as work email or bulletin boards.

Candidates can, at their expense, mail campaign literature to members’ homes. They work with a bonded mailing house. Addresses are never provided directly to a candidate.

Posted 1/3/2023
Contract Agreement
Everett Clinic and Polyclinic remain in-network
As a result of a contract agreement, Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic remain in-network for Boeing Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) network plans.

Regence announced the agreement Dec. 22 on its website and through letters sent to thousands of affected members, employers, and brokers.

Since there was no disruption to the offered plans, Boeing is not offering an open period for employees in the BCBS plans.

If you have questions or concerns, email SPEEA Contract Administrator and Benefits Coordinator Jason Collette at
Posted 1/12/2023
SPEEA's Rich Plunkett named to FAA review panel
Rich Plunkett
SPEEA Director of Strategic Development Rich Plunkett, will serve on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Organization Designation Authorization Expert Panel.

Created as a result of the Aircraft Certification, Safety and Accountability Act, the panel will provide expert advice and review of the Organization Designation Authorizations (ODA) for airlines. The work includes reviewing Boeing’s safety management processes and how they relate to Boeing’s safety culture. The panel will convene in the coming weeks and have nine months to complete its review and issue findings and recommendations.

Plunkett is joined on the 24-member panel by Machinists 751 President Jon Holden. The two labor officials join representatives from NASA, FAA, independent engineering experts, air carriers, manufacturers with delegated authority, legal experts, and other professionals.

Plunkett and Holden were each endorsed by SPEEA, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) and the International Association of Machinists (IAMAW). 

“Richard Plunkett brings with him twelve years of experience in the workplace as an aerospace worker himself before transitioning to the SPEEA staff as a labor union representative for the last 25 years,” commented IFPTE President Matt Biggs and Secretary-Treasurer Gay Henson.

As a SPEEA-represented employee at Boeing, Plunkett worked as an engineer with responsibilities that included compliance-related matters. His background in compliance, contract negotiations and decades of work representing engineers, pilots, technical and other professional workers positioned him well to represent the concerns of SPEEA members performing ODA duties to the FAA.
Posted 1/12/2023
Puget Sound Labor Agency

Help the community - Donate to PSLA
Puget Sound Labor Agency (PSLA) supports clients in the most dignified way possible. This means putting customer service at the forefront of everything we do. Visiting PSLA is a welcoming and inclusive experience. Clients can find culturally appropriate foods, fresh produce, and a variety of dry goods during their visits.

Using a new distribution method, clients choose up to 30 pounds of the food that they need - not pre-packaged grocery boxes. In addition to union members in need, PSLA serves anyone who comes in, regardless of income or area code. Quality is always a priority. 

You can help!
Rising cost of living and impacts from the pandemic means more people are in need today than in years past. PSLA is now taking secure donations through PayPal. Make a one-time donation or consider a monthly donation. Follow the link below to get more information about PSLA and helping someone in our community. 

Information and donating - PSLA

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, donations to PSLA are tax deductible.
Posted updated 1/12/2023
No 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) for SPEEA
      With management unwilling to address SPEEA's concerns regarding Spirit's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) probram, the company and union agreed BYOD is not applicable to SPEEA-represented employees.
      SPEEA-represented employees are not required to use their personal phone for company business. If management asks you, as a SPEEA-represented employee, to provide their personal phone for company use, politely decline, and let your local Council Rep or SPEEA staff know immediately. 
Posted 11/2/2022
2023 payday calendars

Now online

· SPEEA-Boeing

· SPEEA-Spirit

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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