ade or reclassification
•;Skill team – Managers of employees in particular job classifications within a geographic
area are members of a skill team.
•;Responsibility (Level) Guide – This defines
what is required for each level in each job
classification or skill management code.
To learn more about pursuing an upgrade or change in
job classification, go to www.
speea.org – see the drop-down menu for Member
How to pursue an upgrade.
SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts include minimum
raises guaranteed for promotions. If promoted,
make sure you’re getting your fair share. See article
11.7 in either the Prof or Tech contract.
Looking toward a transition? Ed Wells Partnership
offers classes and options for career guidance, including coaching and consulting. The classes,
training and services are a negotiated contract
benefit for SPEEA-represented employees. Go to
edwells.web.boeing.com on the Boeing intranet
‘justice is done’
AUBURN– When Karin Zueger trans- ferred into a SPEEA-represented job as a planner in Auburn a few years
ago, she came into the position as a level two.
Given her background (journeyman machinist with nearly two decades of related experience at Boeing and an associate’s degree in
machine technology), she was assured a level
upgrade would not be a problem.
She sought the upgrade through her
Performance Management process every year,
but her manager (also the skill team captain)
kept turning down her request.
During this effort, Zueger learned of others
in the same skill management code who were
upgraded to level three. Those others didn’t
have degrees, weren’t journeyman and had
only a few years experience at Boeing.
“It wasn’t until the fourth person was getting
upgraded with less than two years experience
that I had enough,” Zueger said.
She pursued the matter with Human
Resources and also asked for the name of her
Council Rep to help. “I had never had to go to
the union before – neither IAM nor SPEEA.”
SPEEA filed a formal request for an appeal
hearing with Boeing Employee Relations.
Within a month, Zueger had her upgrade.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “Justice is done.”
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New Boeing VIP
In early 2015, Xerox Business Solutions LLC will replace Voya (formerly ING) as recordkeeper for The Boeing Company
Voluntary Investment Plan (VIP).
Due to the transition, there will be a blackout period from Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. Eastern
time until Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. Eastern time.
There is only one full business day (Friday,
Jan. 2) during this short blackout period.
Your VIP account will remain fully invested, but you will not be able to request plan
As part of the transition, Boeing also is making improvements online beginning Jan. 5.
IFPTE Central States
At the fall meeting of the IFPTE Central States Committee
Nov. 8 in Chicago, delegates elected the following Central
States Committee officers (from left): Secretary Donna
Lehane (SPEEA Council Rep), President Mike Rudolph
(also IFPTE VP for Central States from Local 92),
Treasurer Patricia Sibley (IFPTE Local 153) and Vice
President Matthew Joyce (SPEEA Midwest Council