Tips to maximize
PM at lunchtime
A standing room only crowd of
members learned ways to add value
to their Performance Management
(PM) Close-out at Harbour Pointe.
Contract Administrator Steve
Spyridis emphasized asking questions and documenting managers’ responses throughout the PM process to ensure clarity on expectations. The PM score
affects raises and retentions. Council Rep David Fritz hosted the meeting Nov. 1 along with Council Reps Kerry Kou and
Carolyn Wilson. Council Reps Nikolas Geiselman and Greg Chandra also hosted a lunchtime PM meeting for members
in the Bomarc Nov. 2, which drew a crowd of about 30. Spyridis recently conducted training for members in Wichita (about
200 total members attended) and is available for Northwest Council Reps interested in scheduling PM lunchtime training.
for children of
Through member contributions, SPEEA has a Holiday Outreach fund to buy gifts for children of laid-off members.
To collect the names of those in need, SPEEA
sends a letter to laid-off members who have children up to 18 years old. This year, the letter went
to 74 (Northwest and Midwest are combined).
For those who respond, SPEEA will provide gifts
or gift cards along with a gift card for groceries
to help offset budget constraints.
Year-round, SPEEA Cares Fund helps represented employees with emergency assistance.
The fund pays up to $500 for a one-time only
bill related to housing or utilities.
SPEEA staff forward eligible requests to the
Puget Sound Labor Agency (PSLA). This tax-exempt 501 (c) ( 3) non-profit organization
arranges for direct payment of the bill to the
appropriate creditor or utility.
To find out more, including how to donate to
Holiday Outreach and SPEEA Cares, contact
COVER STORY – CR reflects on union advantage
Get involved - make an impact!
SEATTLE – By joining the Legislative and Public Affairs (L&PA) committee, former Council Rep Jim Lee (from cover) saw firsthand what a difference one member could make.
“My proudest moment of my SPEEA involve-
ment was walking into offices in the House of
Representatives in Washington, D.C., with very
influential people from our government sitting
at their desks and listening to us. The magic of
the moment, for me, was that I when I spoke,
I had the honor of representing 20,000 people
(the members of SPEEA). I felt that the people
would pay far less attention if I only represented
one person, myself.”
Lee took part in a trip where they discussed con-
cerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP),
a trade agreement that has been compared to
the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA). Conversations like the ones Lee
participated in helped raise red flags about the
“We did a small part for a good cause,” he said,
“to highlight the importance of having protections for workers in other countries – so we don’t
have to compete against other workers who are
Lee, who recently retired after 38 years at Boeing,
strongly urged members to make the time to
join a committee – or at least attend one or two
meetings on a trial basis.
“What a difference a member could make if they
just spent even a small amount of time to get
involved,” he said. “I found that the members
of the committee welcome you with open arms
and are very receptive to new ideas.”
Lee, an engineer in Materials and Processes
and an Associate Technical Fellow, belonged
to the SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs
Committee. He was also an Area Rep for many
years prior to serving as a Council Rep (his for-
mer Council Rep, Jim Dibble, recruited him).
“People would be very surprised how much
impact they could have if they participated,”
said Lee. “If they get involved, their opinion
matters. They would be surprised how much
they can steer the ship.”
While Lee points to wages and benefits locked in
by our contracts as one of the important reasons
to have a union, he also sees another side.
“At a minimum, people deserve to be treated
with simple human respect,” he said. “That is
not a given in most work environments around
the world, especially those without unions. But
here at Boeing, SPEEA makes a big difference
by increasing the level of fairness and equality
in the workplace.”
While employees in non-union environments
can be fired without any notice or reason, the
SPEEA contract requires a reason be provided
and a defined process is followed. “This provides
SPEEA employees with more confidence and a
little power – which helps balance out the power
of the many layers of management.”
Jim Lee, far right, with SPEEA members and staff during a visit to the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.