Bill Hartig retires
Former Executive Board member and SPEEA activist Bill
Hartig (right) recently retired. He served on the committee that successfully organized the Wichita Technical and
Professional Unit (WTPU). In addition, he served on the
Executive Board as Midwest regional vice president and
SPEEA secretary, as well as contract negotiations teams
for WTPU. He was also a Council Rep and Area Rep. He
started at Boeing in 1980. In 2012, SPEEA presented Hartig
with the Lifetime Achievement award. He’s shown here with
Midwest Council Chair Mark Gayer.
WICHITA – BJ Moore was recently named SPEEA Midwest director,
replacing Bob Brewer, who
retired. Moore has been a
SPEEA contract administrator (CA) since 2002.
In his CA role, he serves as
staff focal for workforce and
labor management issues and
supports many committees
such as the Joint Oversight
Committee, Joint Collaboration Committee and
the SPEEA Diversity Committee. He’s also served
on multiple SPEEA contract negotiations teams.
SPOKANE – SPEEA negotiations team embers continue to meet with members to discuss issues for upcoming contract
negotiations with Triumph Composite Systems.
The next member meeting and negotiations team
meetings are scheduled for Aug. 3 in Spokane.
At a lunchtime meeting June 29, following
the 43-day lockout of Machinists at Triumph,
SPEEA members talked about the impact and
SPEEA is on
SPEEA members attended the Festival for Trade Justice in Tacoma with hundreds of community citizens, activists and
volunteers. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) provided the community BBQ and Washington
Fair Trade Coalition organized the event along with the Sierra Club, ILWU and community partners in Tacoma.
What’s wrong with the
By Brent McFarlane
SPEEA Northwest Regional Vice President
TACOMA – “What’s wrong with the TPP? Everything!,” said Larry Cohen, former organizer and president of CWA
(Communication Workers of America).
He spoke at this summer’s Festival for Trade Justice
in Tacoma about the looming threat of a bipartisan
push to pass TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) before
the end of this year – during the post-election
(‘lame duck’) session of Congress.
If TPP passed, it would expand the powers of global
corporations, encouraging more movement of jobs
out of our economy, and reducing opportunities for
our children and our children’s children.
The TPP has been called by many who have analyzed the thousands of pages of text as “NAFTA
(North American Free Trade Agreement) on steroids.” It’s an investment rights agreement that
would set the terms of trade with 11 Pacific Rim
countries and the U.S.
It was written in secret by the corporations who
are now promoting it. Cohen went on to say “the
biggest problem is that so much of the country
is asleep on this subject.”
Although the public has been fed a continuous
stream of platitudes about the TPP increasing
trade and creating jobs, a closer look reveals the
TPP would retain the very worst aspects of past
failed trade agreements.
Like NAFTA and its clone agreements, the TPP
• Incentivize more off-shoring of manufac-
turing and jobs supporting manufacturing
• Undermine efforts to make medicine more
• Undermine environmental and food safety
And like NAFTA, there is no money or mecha-
nism to monitor or enforce any of the so-called
protections that politicians claim are in the TPP.
Most notable is the toxic Investor State Dispute
Settlement (ISDS) language in the TPP. This
assures investment (corporate) rights are allowed to
overrule local laws, labor and environmental stan-
dards in every case where international investors can
make an argument for the potential loss of profits.
It’s not really a trade agreement – it is 6,000 pages
of special protections for international corporate
So, you might ask why Congress and the last
three presidents pushed for the TPP and similar agreements that contributed so much to our
enormous trade deficit.
Could it be due to the fact that we have a campaign system that is overly reliant on large contributions while ignoring poll after poll that shows
TPP is wildly unpopular with the public?
It’s not too late to stop the passage of TPP.
Contact your U.S. representatives and senators
and let them know what you think about trade
agreements that dramatically tilt the balance of
power to the top 1%.
To find your lawmakers’ contact information,
go to these websites:
• U.S. representatives – www.house.gov
• U.S. senators – www.senate.gov