Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU)
Wichita Technical & Professional Unit (WTPU)
Professional & Technical units
Layoff information to help SPEEA-represented employees

La off is one of the most difficult experiences a worker can face. Whether voluntary or involuntary, layoff is often unplanned and brings career and financial uncertainty. SPEEA works hard during contract negotiations to ensure the softest landing possible for represented employees when layoffs happen. When they do come, SPEEA again works hard to ensure contracts are followed and employees receive every benefit they are entitled. During layoff, SPEEA monitors the process and is available to help represented employees with information, resources and assistance with the benefits they have earned.

Trade Act assistance
More information about the newly approved Trade Act assistance
Priority Recall registration
More information, including instructions coming soon.
Boeing lay off breakdown available for review
Breakdown of Prof & Tech layoffs
(notices issued 5/29/20 and 6/26/20)

As SPEEA contract administrators continue to review the layoff information provided by The Boeing Company for accuracy and compliance with union contracts, the overall data is available to members.

The Boeing Company notified more than 1,200 SPEEA-represented employees that they are being laid off. The breakdown shows over 700 employees in the Professional unit and over 500 employees in the Technical unit are being released.

Added to the 1,304 employees who applied and were approved for voluntary layoff, more than 2,500 SPEEA-represented employees are leaving the company. Union contract administrators continue to monitor the layoff processes to help ensure impacted employees receive all the benefits guaranteed by our union contracts.

SPEEA is scheduling webinars, rapid response meetings and working to help impacted employees. The SPEEA website is being regularly updated with information to assist members.

Layoff Benefits
Type Restrictions
Maximum pay per year of service Subsidized COBRA  Lump Sum
Normal layoff 1 week / year, max 26 weeks 3 months Income continuation
or lump sum
Voluntary layoff 1 week / year, max 26 weeks 3 months Lump sum required, no recall rights,
release required
Layoff due to work movement 2 weeks / year, min 26 weeks
to max 60 weeks
6 months Lump sum required, no recall
rights, release required

Resources to help employees facing layoff

Resources are continually being added and updated. Watch the website and SPEEA publications for new information.

Filing for Unemployment

Applying for Unemployment because of Suspension of Service
Instruction video on "How to Apply for Unemployment" prepared by The Boeing Company and the Washington Employment Security Department. Video is specifically tailored to Boeing employees applying because of the suspension of services.

Internal Boeing URL Outside of Boeing
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and password: 


Washington State Employment Security – WA Unemployment Benefits  

Oregon Unemployment office – OR Unemployment Benefits and Resources

California Unemployment – CA Unemployment Insurance

Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) – Financial Relief - How We Can Help

Aerospace Jobs Page -
The Jobs Page lists the companies and provides links to employers who are now and have in the past contacted SPEEA regarding openings at their companies. Companies recruiting engineers and technical workers

AFL-CIO resources and tools for employees facing layoff
When the Paycheck Stops
Assistance available to SPEEA-represented employees at Boeing

Questions employees are asking

When you leave Boeing - (Company summary)

Priority Recall Rights - Maintaining your recall status - Updated information sheet coming soon

Boeing unemployment determination letter - Layoff determination letter

Unemployment benefits and Voluntary Layoff - Volunteering for layoff does not disqualify employees in Washington state from receiving unemployment benefits. (Read the applicable Washington
Administration Code (WAC)

The Layoff Resources web page at Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) includes upcoming class schedules for both internal and external job searches, as well as links to EWP career coaching and consulting specifically for engineers and technical employees. (only available through Boeing’s intranet)

Boeing Career Transition Services - On the internal Boeing website, type in 'Career Transition Services'. On the page you will find the schedule for Layoff Briefings as well as a schedule for Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques Workshops.

Boeing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or call toll free: 1-866-719-5788