Former Midwest leaders grateful for SPEEA
WICHITA – The top four elected SPEEA leaders in Wichita who recentlyendedtheiraerospacecareers
look back with pride and gratitude for having
been a part of giving employees a voice at work.
Earl Carter, Midwest vice president, Rhonda
Greer, Midwest Council secretary, Debbie
Logsdon, Midwest Council treasurer
and Brenda Reiling, Midwest Council chair,
all left Spirit AeroSystems last month. They all
served many roles since Wichita Technical and
Professional Unit (WTPU) organized in 2000.
Joining together with countless other members for
solidarity events and efforts are some of their favorite memories. They recall handing out mini PayDay
candy bars to employees arriving at work (
managers received the full-size version of the candy bar).
They laugh about memories of standing with
‘Burma Shave’ style signs along the road to the
plant to get their messages out about SPEEA. They
even stood there when snow came up to their knees.
A flier they handed out at the gate one Halloween
showed the four elected Wichita leaders, Carter,
Greer, Logsdon and Reiling, looking like
‘Ghostbusters’ with the message who you gonna
call when ‘it’s something weird, and it doesn’t
Along with countless other SPEEA activists, they
knocked on doors, made phone calls and participated in various SPEEA, labor and community
events to show support.
“I enjoyed every part,” said Logsdon. “It was an
opportunity to meet new people, network and
bring something better to our members.”
All four elected leaders who recently left Spirit
were involved in SPEEA in multiple ways:
Earl Carter stepped down
from his role as Midwest
vice president when he left.
He also served as Council
Rep, Wichita Technical and
Professional Unit (WTPU)
Council secretary, Area Rep
and supported WTPU nego-tiations.
Carter vividly recalls management efforts to keep
out the union and the benefit takeaways that
motivated many to vote yes for SPEEA WTPU
14 years ago. “I fear people will not realize what
they have,” he said.
Rhonda Greer’s last role
was Midwest Council secretary. In addition, she was
a Council Rep, member
of committees including
Legislative and Public Affairs
(L&PA), IFPTE delegate
to central states, and AFL-CIO delegate to Wichita
Hutchinson Labor Federation.
Greer remembers the many rallies, gate leafleting
and Burma Shave sign efforts as empowering -
seeing members come together for a good cause
- to “fight the good fight.”
Debbie Logsdon’s SPEEA
roles included serving as a
Council officer, both as chair
and treasurer, as well Council
Rep. She was also IFPTE
SPEEA-area vice president,
an officer and member
of L&PA, Membership
(MAC) and Leadership Development and
Training (LD&T). And she served as WTPU
“I’ve seen a lot of good we’ve done,” said Logsdon
about SPEEA’s impact in the workplace. “I’ve
seen a lot of employees who have been wronged
over the years – if SPEEA wasn’t there, they
would not have kept their jobs.”
Brenda Reiling, Midwest
Council chair when she
left, also served as Midwest
Council secretary, Council
Rep, WTPU Negotiations
Team member, Area Rep
and member of committees
including, LD&T, Diversity,
Member Recruitment and
Reiling became more involved as she saw what
SPEEA did to help “protect employees from bad
management practices,” adding, “those successes
kept me going.”
SPEEA is on
Shown above (clockwise from left): Midwest Council Treasurer Debbie Logsdon, Midwest Council Chair Brenda Reiling, Midwest Region Vice President Earl Carter and Midwest Council Secretary Rhonda Greer Who ya gonna call? If there's something strange in your workplace... who ya gonna call?
SPEEA! If it's something weird, and it doesn't look good... who ya gonna call? SPEEA! SPEEA leaders would like your feedback on workplace issues – take a moment to see SPEEA’s confidential feedback form at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Spirit_Feedback Or call SPEEA at (316) 682-0262 (See other side)
The Seattle Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is actively investigating SPEEA’s
class action age-discrimination complaint against
The Boeing Company.
Many SPEEA members have also filed individual
Charges of Discrimination and the EEOC has
assigned a lead investigator to coordinate investigations of both the class-wide and individual
Charges of Discrimination.
Protect your rights by filing
an individual claim
Since SPEEA filed the class action age-discrimi-
nation complaint against Boeing, many members
have asked if they’re covered by SPEEA’s Charge
of Discrimination. SPEEA’s class-action com-
plaint, filed with the EEOC and the Washington
State Human Rights Commission, was based
upon the evidence we had at the time of filing.
Although we believe we have identified a class
of individuals being harmed by the employment
actions described in the charge, there’s no guar-
antee that any individual is a part of that class
until later in the litigation process.
To ensure that your rights are protected, you
need to file an individual claim with the Seattle
Field Office. For more information about how
to file a claim, go to www.speea.org.
The one-page payday calendars include holidays per the SPEEA contracts and Council meeting dates.
Download a copy (either The Boeing Company
or Spirit AeroSystems) at www.speea.org.