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adds up to historic effort
By Chelsea Orvella
SPEEA Legislative Director
After almost seven months, Washington legislators wrapped up business in the state’s capitol in July and returned to
their districts. There is a short interim period
before they reconvene in 2016 to consider bills
stalled this year – including aerospace tax incentive accountability measures HB 1786 and HB
2147 – as well as new bills.
Machinists District Lodge 751 (IAM 751) and
SPEEA members made history in Olympia this
year by calling for the largest corporate tax break
in U.S. history to be tied to specific job numbers
and living wages. In that effort, the two largest Boeing unions furthered a partnership that
extends from the workplace to the halls of the
capitol and into the community.
The introduction of HB 1786, sponsored by Rep.
Mia Gregerson (33rd district), brought the issue
of low wages in aerospace to the legislature for the
first time. Stories of large and profitable aerospace
suppliers paying more than the majority of their
production workers between $10-15 dispelled the
myth that all jobs in the aerospace industry pay
premier wages. In reality, thousands of aerospace
workers struggle to get by while their employer
benefits from Washington subsidies. HB 1786
makes the tax incentive available only to companies that pay state median wage ($19.67) for
employees with three or more years of service.
HB 2147, introduced by Rep. June Robinson
(38th district), captured the deep frustration of
the legislature and the public when thousands
of Boeing jobs started leaving Washington after
$8.7 billion worth of state tax incentives were
granted to maintain and grow jobs in the state.
Momentum grew in support of HB 2147, tying
the full tax incentives to a specific number of
jobs staying in Washington, as other states held
Boeing accountable and required jobs for their
tax incentives. Into the extended special sessions,
HB 2147 was one of the few bills still being
considered and garnering bipartisan support.
The member difference
Rank-and-file SPEEA and IAM 751 members
made the difference in Olympia by:
• Meeting in person with more than
• Sending more than 6,300 emails to
• Making more than 300 phone calls to
fellow IAM/SPEEA members, asking
them to call their representatives
• Visiting with 30 Democrat and
Republican legislators at an
Olympia open house
• Participating in town halls
• Testifying at the hearing for
HB 1786 and HB 2147
With public support solidly behind these initiatives – two-thirds of likely November 2016
voters, according to an independent poll – the
momentum continues to hold aerospace firms
When the legislature reconvenes, HB 1786 and
HB 2147 will start where they left off in the process with the same bill numbers and champion
sponsors. Between now and then, legislators and
the community need to continue to hear how
important aerospace tax incentive accountability
is for Washington workers, families and taxpayers. The state suffers when tax incentives fail to
require jobs stay in Washington and workers earn
a living wage at subsidized companies.
Tell your legislator these issues are important.
See how you can take action by visiting www.
Boeing’s Pension Value Plan (PVP) change
The Boeing Company recently announced that effective Jan. 1, 2016, the non-union Pension Value Plan (PVP) minimum
conversion factor will increase to $95. Boeing
is not including SPEEA-represented employees
in the Professional and Technical units who have
a PVP benefit in this increase because of pending
charges filed by SPEEA against Boeing regarding
other retirement plan changes.
SPEEA filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP)
charge with the National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) in 2014. The NLRB has since issued
a charge against Boeing – meaning the NLRB
sees reason enough for the charge to proceed to
a hearing. The hearing is set for the first week in
September at the NLRB’s Seattle Regional office.
For a complete explanation, visit www.speea.org.
Legislative Corner ISUPPORT TaxIncentive Accountability
District Lodge 751