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Decision due 5 p.m., Tuesday (May 5)
Spirit offers VLO to 900 WEU & 1,400 WTPU employees

Kansas Department of Labor

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Pandemic Emergency Unemployment
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In the latest move to deal with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and Boeing’s 737MAX issues, more than 900 SPEEA-represented employees in the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) and 1,400 in the Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) can now consider taking a voluntary layoff from the company. The offer is not available to employees working defense programs.

SPEEA contract administrators are advising employees to read the entire VLO package and consider their options carefully while deciding to take the company’s offer.

Contract Administrators have requested additional information from Spirit regarding the offers, how they will be processed and what the criteria is for approval. Employees have until 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 5 to submit their request for VLO.
Among the most important items for members to remember when considering a VLO:

- Medical benefit ends May 31

- Required to waive recall rights

- Income continuation is based on years of service:

Wichita Engineering Unit
Years of Service Income Continues
1 to 10 years 8 weeks
10 or more years 10 weeks
 
Wichita Technical & Professional Unit
Years of Service Income Continues
1 to 5 years 6 weeks
5 to 8 years 8 weeks
8 or more 12 weeks

The Spirit WEU Frequently Asked Questions and Spirit WTPU Frequently Asked Questions can answer many of your questions.
Additional information is being prepared. Watch your email and the SPEEA website for updates.

Wichita Engineering Unit / Wichita Technical & Professional Unit
SPEEA monitoring implementation of Spirit Shortened Workweek

With SPEEA-represented employees starting a four-day workweek on April 10, SPEEA is working with the company and carefully monitoring the situation to ensure our contracts are followed. 

The shortened week brings with it a corresponding 20% impact on salaries. As was the case last summer, employees on military and defense programs are not impacted. 

Spirit emphasized the shortened week is temporary and necessary due to the COVID-19 crisis. The company said this warrants the use of the Exceptions to Foregoing Procedures (Section 7.7). Use of this section is only allowed one time during the duration of the contract. Last summer’s four-day workweek used Shortened Workweek (Section 7.6). SPEEA contracts restrict the company from using Shortened Workweek to one time in a 12-month period. See contracts

Spirit said employees have the flexibility to take either Monday or Friday off during the workweek. Other options require management approval.

SPEEA and Spirit are in contact with the Kansas Department of Labor regarding the use of partial unemployment benefits to help make up for the lost work hours. Watch for additional communication when an answer is received. 

Monitoring

SPEEA will monitor the implementation of the shortened workweek and its impact on represented employees to ensure compliance with our contracts and agreements with Spirit. 

Due to the state shutdown in Kansas, the Wichita SPEEA office is closed. SPEEA staff are working from home and are accessible by email at speea@speea.org or by calling the office at: SPEEA Wichita – 316-682-0262.

 

 


Kansas Aviation Worker Response Resources
Aviation Worker Response

The Kansas Department of Labor, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department for Children and Families are partnering to ensure that workers affected by the recent Boeing 737 MAX production halt, including workers for supply chain contractors and suppliers to the aviation industry, have a seamless transition to services that will provide a bridge until production begins again or other employment is found. In light of this, below is a list of available resources for businesses and/or employees that could be facing furloughs, layoffs or other reductions in workforce.

https://www.dol.ks.gov/AviationWorkerResponse

United Way of the Plains

Laid-off Workers Assistance - http://www.unitedwayplains.org/laid-off-workers-assistance

Contact 2-1-1 for Information - United Way 211 can connect you to a wide range of resources and services across the community. Find help for needs such as food, health care, financial counseling, childcare and much more.

Air Capital of the World Commitment

This webpage serves as a local resource guide and connecting point for those affected by the recent layoffs in response to the Boeing 737 MAX production suspension. Here, you can discover ways to find a job, learn about training and education opportunities and connect to community resources. As more efforts are launched, additional information will be posted.

The Air Capital Commitment is backed by community supporters fiercely committed to retaining our world-class workforce and companies.

Find quick links to resources, such as; find a job, training and education opportunities, connect to community resources, loan payment and mortgage support, health care information, unemployment resources, federal program support and start your own business.

https://www.aircapitaloftheworld.com/commitment

Department for Children and Families Programs Available to Displaced Workers
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP provides free USDA commodities to households with income below 130% of the
federal poverty level.

Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP food assistance is a monthly benefit which allows individuals and families to
purchase food for themselves and their families.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF cash assistance provides a monthly benefit to low-income families with
children to help them pay for basic needs, including shelter, utilities, diapers and
transportation.


Child Care Assistance
Child care assistance provides a monthly benefit to working families to help pay all or part
of their child care expenses.
Other Resources
 
Kansas Food Bank: http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/finding-help/
Kansas Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP): https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1557
Help Paying Bills: https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/index.html