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NLRB: Boeing illegally withheld plans from SPEEA
regarding members’ work moving out of state
By Bill Dugovich
SPEEA Communications Director
SEATTLE – The Boeing Company violated federal labor law when it refused to provide information regarding plans to move thousands of engineering and technical workers’ jobs
out of Washington to other states and countries,
according to a recent decision by the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Acting on an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP)
charge filed by SPEEA in March 2014, NLRB
Administrative Law Judge Dickie Montemayor
on July 14 ordered Boeing to fulfill the request and
provide the union the information regarding work
moving from facilities around Puget Sound to other
states and engineering centers around the world.
“The union was entitled to all of the presump-
tively relevant information,” Montemayor wrote.
“The refusal of an employer to provide a bar-
gaining agent with information relevant to the
union’s task of representing its constituency is a
per se violation of the act.”
When first hearing of Boeing plans in late 2013
of possible work movements out of Washington,
SPEEA officials asked Boeing for information
about the plans. When the company continued
to refuse verbal requests, SPEEA filed a formal
information request. The company’s refusal
to honor the written request resulted in filing
charges with the NLRB.
The time frame of the initial requests regarding
work movement coincides with Boeing’s multi-state competition to determine where the new
777X would be built. With intense pressure on
Washington officials to win the competition, a special legislative session was held in November 2013.
Legislators used the session to pass the $8.7 billion
aerospace tax preference bill, the largest corporate
tax break package in the history of the United
States. Within weeks of the legislative action,
Boeing started moving jobs out of Washington.
Boeing has announced 6,000 jobs will move. As
of mid-July, Boeing’s Washington employment was
down by more than 3,100 since the special legislative session, with engineers and technical workers
represented by SPEEA being hit particularly hard.
“The judge found
Boeing broke the law
but what’s important
is the content of the
reports that Boeing
was willing to break
the law to hide,”
said Ray Goforth,
director. “We believe
that these documents will show that Boeing was
simultaneously lobbying state officials to extend
aerospace tax incentives and planning to move
thousands of jobs out of Washington to other
states. We urge The Boeing Company to come
clean and obey the orders of the judge.”
Together with Machinists Lodge 751, SPEEA
worked with key lawmakers to push for legislation that required Boeing to maintain jobs
in Washington as a requirement to use the tax
breaks. A second effort, sought requirements that
aerospace suppliers pay a living wage to workers. Intense pressure from Boeing and industry
representatives stalled the proposed legislation.
JRC, our ‘checks and balances’
committee, needs members
SPEEA is seeking members to apply for the Judicial Review Committee (JRC), which most people have not heard of for good
reason. The JRC is the final hearing body for
charges within SPEEA.
“It’s an unsung committee,” said Jim Dibble,
longtime member of the committee.
Dibble, who is currently an Area Rep, compares
the JRC in some ways to the Supreme Court –
because it’s the ‘last stop’ for appeals that cannot
be resolved to the membership’s satisfaction by
SPEEA elected officers.
“As I researched the JRC, it affirmed for me that
SPEEA is structured much like our democracy, he
said. “An important part of a democracy is to be
structured such that there are checks and balances.
The JRC is comprised of three members that are
called together to provide their interpretation of the
union’s Constitution, By-Laws or be the final hearing body for charges within SPEEA.”
Dibble, a mechanical systems design engineer on
the B- 2 bomber program, had not heard of the
JRC when he was encouraged to apply in 2001.
At the time, he had returned from a temporary
work assignment in Palmdale, Cal., that resulted
in his resigning from his Council Rep position and
he was looking to remain active within SPEEA.
“What made me proud to have served on the
JRC is that we took the time and were given the
tools to thoroughly research the membership’s
grievances,” he said.
Members of the JRC typically have experience in
one or preferably several positions. A member of
the JRC is required to have served as a member,
within the past five years, of the Executive Board,
the Council(s), Tellers Committee(s), the Judicial
Review Committee, one of the Council committees,
or any combination thereof, for at least two years.
Email email@example.com by Tuesday, Sept. 1, with
your contact information and a brief statement
about your qualifications/interest. Names will be
forwarded to the Executive Board for review. The
Board will select candidates and forward names on
to the SPEEA Council for final selection.
For details, see the SPEEA Constitution
(section 10) at www.speea.org (link for SPEEA