well on ‘Choose
Labor increased its voice on Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Choose Washington NMA Council’ with the recent additions of
SPEEA Communication Director Bill Dugovich
as co-lead of the Communications Subcommittee
and former Washington State Labor Council
President Rick Bender to Council Co-Chair.
Already a member of the communications
committee, Dugovich joins Stan Sorscher and
Chelsea Orvella as a committee co-chair on the
New Middle-Market Airplane (NMA) Council.
IAM District 751 President Jon Holden and
Legislative Director Larry Brown are also on
The IAM and SPEEA commissioned Richard
Aboulafia of the Teal Group to perform an independent competitive analysis of Washington’s
position to design, manufacture and assemble
Boeing’s proposed middle-market airplane.
“This will be an unbiased analysis that will be
driven by the data,” Aboulafia said in a recent
telephone conference. “It will be the most
targeted, comprehensive study of where you
want to build this airplane.”
The Council and subcommittees are made
up of a diverse group from labor, industry,
business groups, local and state officials. The
group formed to ensure Washington state
and our experienced workforce and aerospace
infrastructure are given the best consideration
for locating the NMA program.
Spirit AeroSystems open
die on job
The AFL-CIO started the Workers Memorial in 1970 to draw attention to workplace safety and injury prevention efforts. Labor ceremonies take place on or
around April 28.
In Everett, the Snohomish County Labor Council
plans a memorial April 25 at 5 p.m. at the
Mission Courtyard at the County Courthouse,
at the corner of Wetmore and Pacific.
The Wichita Hutchison Labor Federation plans
an event April 26 at 6 p.m., at Machinist's
District 70 hall, 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita.
WICHITA – Foremployees represented by SPEEA at Spirit AeroSystems, open enrollment is April 24 – May
4. Open enrollment is the only time of the year
to make routine changes to your health care plan
unless you have a qualified status change during
In addition to the Core and Enhanced Plans, and
due to negotiations last year, Spirit is continuing
to offer the four non-union “rainbow” medical
plans, the Yellow, Green, Blue and Orange Plans,
three of which are Health Savings Account-Qualified High Deductible Health Plans (
HSA-Q HDHP). You must complete the steps in
annual open enrollment, the same as last year,
to be covered by a health plan of your choosing
along with your dependents.
If you change medical plans, changes take effect
If you enroll previously uncovered dependents,
their coverage will take effect July 1.
It is always a good idea to take a fresh examination of the plans available, according to Matt
Kempf, SPEEA staff.
“Often, individuals get frightened by high
deductibles and do not realize that the premiums required for the Core Plan can be higher
than the premiums plus deductibles minus the
employer-paid accounts,” he said.
“This year, even more than last year, individuals
in the Core Plan should strongly consider the
Green Plan and/or the Enhanced Plan, even if
they expect to have health care costs that are
Kempf will be in Wichita to present informational seminars to SPEEA-represented employees
April 9 - 10 and April 30 - May 1. Kempf’s
presentation will be available at www.speea.org
before April 24.
New this year, a safety vision benefit will be
provided for all employees, with no employee
premiums. This new benefit covers annual
safety glasses up to the plan maximums. As a
reminder, the vision exam and hardware benefit
were carved out of the medical plans last year so
that individuals who don’t need medical can opt
to enroll in vision independently. Three vision
options are available.
Last year, the dental plan options were expanded,
and all are free from premium contributions.
Because they all cost the same amount, it makes
sense for every single individual to enroll in the
plan with the most coverage even if you don’t
think you require the most coverage.
In late 2016, Spirit announced an improved
relationship with the Via Christi provider system,
modifying the network for hospitals and facilities
in certain Kansas counties effective July 1, 2017.
SPEEA has received very few complaints about
the Via Christi system.
Choose one of six medical plans
Enhanced Plan – pay low premiums
The Enhanced Plan has low monthly premiums
but has a deductible you must pay when you
incur non-preventative claims. If you do incur
expenses, the company provided Personal Care
Account (PCA) can help cover some of the
expenses. If you don’t incur any expenses, the
PCA rolls over from year to year.
Core Plan – pay highest premiums
The Core Plan has the highest fixed costs in
monthly premiums. The Core Plan requires
referrals, but in certain circumstances has office
visits with zero copay. Before any Healthy Spirit
premium reductions, an employee enrolled in
the Core Plan will pay more than $4,300 next
year in premiums. The premiums required to
enroll in the Core Plan for a family are $3,244
more than the family premiums for the Enhanced
Plan. When coupled with the $1,500 Family
PCA, the premium savings plus the PCA are
more than the entire family medical out-of-pocket maximum.
Yellow Plan – high premiums with copays
The Yellow Plan has copays for primary and
specialty office visits.
Green Plan – HSA qualified and moderate premiums
The Green Plan is about twice as expensive as the
Enhanced Plan, and the deductibles are aggregate
deductibles (different than the Enhanced Plan).
The Green Plan is a HSA-Qualified High
Deductible Health Plan, which means you may
establish and fund a Health Savings Account.
If you are HSA eligible, Spirit will also make a
contribution to your HSA account.
Blue Plan – HSA qualified, higher deductibles
and lower premiums than Green
The Blue Plan has a higher deductible than
the Green Plan, making it less expensive. Like
the Green Plan, the non-individual deductibles
are aggregate deductibles (different than the
Enhanced Plan) and need to be fully understood
prior to enrollment.
Orange Plan – HSA qualified, highest deductible
and negative premiums
The Orange Plan has the highest deductible,
making this plan function more like a catastrophic medical plan. In addition to the HSA
company contributions, Spirit will pay you to
take this plan option.