Jimmie Mathis Treasurer
Joel Funfar Secretary
Brent Mc Farlane N W Regional VP
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Keith Covert M W Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
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Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Sandra Hastings Secretary
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Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Emily Forest Secretary
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Orlando De Los Santos Treasurer
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Glimpse of Farnborough air show
SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis (above) attended the 2016 International Air Show, held in Farnborough, England, last
month. He was in Europe, including England, for other work on behalf of Boeing, and took advantage of the proximity to
spend a day at the show. Boeing products were on display at the trade exhibition and public air show. States typically have
booths (shown here) to attract more aerospace business.
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‘Bridge’ benefit settlement leads
to pension check
WICHITA – After more than a decade of effort, a legal settlement for pen- sion benefits is coming to about
1,800 affected by the loss of early retirement
‘bridge’ benefits in Wichita.
As of press time, the claims settlement firm
hoped to have pension checks in the mail for all
members of this class-action lawsuit, including
members of SPEEA and other unions when
Boeing sold its commercial division in Wichita
SPEEA filed the initial lawsuit on behalf of
hundreds of employees who were denied the
SPEEA-Boeing contract benefit of ‘bridging’
to early retirement. This applies to those who
were age 49 to 55 at the time of the divestiture.
The checks, which are subject to state and federal tax withholding, cover the pension distribution. The claim settlement firm was working
to mail the checks by the end of July.
Medical claims reimbursement
The first round of medical claims reimbursement checks for specific cases were mailed
in May. The ‘bridge’ benefit included early
retiree medical. The claims settlement firm is
still working on a few remaining cases due to
After the final medical claim reimbursements are
completed, a final check will be mailed, according to the law firm’s letter to eligible members.
Called the ‘medical residual’ payment, this is the
amount leftover from the funds allocated for
medical claims. The remaining amount will be
equally divided among all of the class members.
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Spirit’s new CEO sits
down with Midwest CRs
Appointed Chief Operating Officer in April after
more than 18 years in various roles with General
Electric (GE), Gentile was named in June to
replace Larry Lawson as Chief Executive Officer
(CEO). Lawson retired July 31.
“I’m looking at this as a start,” Gentile said. “I’d
be happy to do this on a quarterly basis.”
Council representatives were impressed by
Gentile’s easy-going style and willingness to
“I’m encouraged,” said Aaron Kitteman. “I
didn’t think I would ever see that kind of communication coming down from management.”
The meeting grew from SPEEA officers attending
the Spirit Board of Directors’ meeting in April and
extending an invitation to meet. About 23 Midwest
officers, Council Reps and SPEEA staff were able to
attend this first meeting with the Spirit CEO in the
administration building. The next meeting is being
scheduled for the first part of October.