What the contract
says about partial
Did you know the SPEEA Prof contract includes language specific to partial day absences for urgent personal business?
Keep in mind:
• Flexing optional – Managers cannot direct
you to flex your time; this would deprive
you of negotiated contract benefits, such
as overtime, Personal Business and Non-Industrial Illness (NonIND).
• PTO and OT – Paid Time Off (PTO) is
allowed in the same pay period with scheduled overtime.
• Full-time schedule – PERBUS and
NonIND are available to exempt Profs on
a full-time schedule.
• Questions? Council Reps are your coworkers who are liaisons to SPEEA contract
administrators. Council Reps are a good
starting point for questions. You can also
Partial day absences in
the SPEEA Prof Contract
Personal Business (PERBUS) – Article 11. 5(c):
With management coordination, employees may
use leave with pay [Personal Business (PERBUS)]
for partial day absences due to reasons other than
those identified in Article 6.
Non-Industrial Illness (NonIND) – Article
6.4: Employees may use personal time off with
pay for incidental medical absences that can’t
normally be scheduled outside the employee’s
ETS baseline work schedule. [ETS code for
this PTO is [Non-Industrial Illness.]
Newer Area Rep sees other
side of union benefits
EVERETT – Area R e p Nikolas Geiselman
learned about the value
of unions the hard way
– when working conditions and benefits
abruptly changed at
his old job.
“The fact that Boeing
had SPEEA was huge,”
he said about accepting
a job offer as a structural
analysis engineer in Everett earlier this year. “They
can’t just change the rules on you midgame.”
After Geiselman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering at Embry
Riddle in Florida, he worked at an aerospace
firm in California where benefits and working
conditions were initially good. The company had
an “assume the best” philosophy, he said. “They
treated their employees like adults.”
When that company merged in one of the
nation’s biggest aerospace takeovers, the benefits
were drastically cut and the philosophy shifted
He didn’t know much about unions. His prior
exposure came primarily from his grandfather,
who worked with unions as a manager at a U.S.
Naval Base and what he learned in school about
the industrial revolution, for example.
Then he heard about SPEEA from a former
member from the Puget Sound, who said how
much he missed having a contract and the cama-
raderie of being part of a union.
At the time, Geiselman was working at a company which only offered a high-deductible health
plan with minimal offsets. After the merger, the
company also cut the gainsharing plan in half
with every indication of stripping it away, while
directors got huge bonuses. Employees were only
paid straight time for overtime and only after putting in a minimum of 10 hours per pay period.
Commenting on the OT rate in the SPEEA contract, he noted, “it’s the principal of the thing.”
Geiselman, 29, also struggled with the amount
of work being shipped off to India – “where they
worked them into the ground with no overtime.”
He was also hearing rumors that contractors were
getting paid less than new engineers.
“I felt like they were taking it to the extreme to
show profits,” he said of his former company.
Geiselman expressed his appreciation for collective bargaining from his first day on the job
– sharing his previous job experience during
SPEEA’s new-hire orientation. He’s since taken
part in classes, events and training.
He’s stepped up as an Area Rep assisting Council
Reps in his district with outreach to other members.
“I love working here,” he added. “I want to look
for a way for both the company and the employees to be happy.”
Sponsor for Wichita robotics
SPEEA was one of the sponsors of this year’s robotics competition recently held at Wichita State University. More than 30 schools
sent teams to compete in the BEST (Boosting
Engineering, Science and Technology) games.
Similar to other robotics programs, the students
work with mentors, including SPEEA members.
They have six weeks to design and build a robot
to compete after receiving competition details
SPEEA member Tobias DiGennaro was a mentor again this year for Andover Central, one of
the teams that competed. The team tied for third
place in the Founders Award for most unique
robotics hardware and game strategies.
“It was good to see the students learning to work
together and gain hands-on experience building a
robot,” he said. “Often in our society, high school
kids get dismissed just because of their age. But a
lot of them are very adept and able to do a lot.”
This year’s competition was called ‘Pay Dirt.’ Each
team built a robot to repair and operate simulated
underground mines. Excavating various materials
from the mine scored points.
DiGennaro believes their team’s award-winning
attributes included using tank treads instead of
wheels on their robot. Last year, Andover Central
won the ‘Most Robust Design’ award for reli-ability and minimum maintenance.
tickets in Wichita
The Midwest Membership Activities Committee invites members and their families to watch the Wichita Thunder
play the Allen Americans at 7:05 p.m., Saturday,
Jan. 23 at the INTRUST Bank Arena. Tickets
are $10 each (regularly $20) for seating in section 107. Purchase your tickets (cash only) at the
Wichita SPEEA office by Jan. 15.
In addition to half-price tickets, the MAC will
host a pre-game event with refreshments at 6
p.m. in the INTRUST Bank Arena’s Vault
Room. Use entrance A to attend this free event
and meet the team mascot.