The SPEEA retirement seminars contin- ue to draw crowds at the SPEEA Puget Sound halls every month.
This is a “must-take” class if you are contemplating retirement in the near future or if you
are mid-to-late career to see where you stand in
terms of SPEEA retirement benefits. Dinner is
provided. Spouses/partners welcome.
Classes are held the first Tuesday of the month
at SPEEA Tukwila and the first Wednesday of
the month in Everett (except July and August).
Overflow classes may be held if needed.
SPEEA Tukwila -
SPEEA Everett -
Sign up - Registration is only through Ed Wells
Partnership on the Boeing intranet for all of the
2018 retirement seminars.
RSVP: https://edwells.web.boeing.com (key-
word search: SPEEA)
Lunchtime meeting option - Council Reps
can schedule workplace lunchtime meetings
(bring your own lunch) by sending a request
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The presentation is
condensed to one hour compared to the two-hour presentation at the SPEEA halls after hours.
This seminar is a comprehensive overview of the
SPEEA/Boeing negotiated retirement benefits
presented by Matt Kempf, CFP®, SPEEA senior
director of compensation and retirement. He has
more than two decades of benefits experience.
The seminar covers:
• Pension overview
• 401(k) / Voluntary Investment Plan (VIP)
• Early retiree medical insurance
• Medicare and Boeing Medicare supplement
SPEEA Teller invites others to
help count ballots - ‘it’s fun’
By Karen McLean
SPEEA Publications Editor
For much of Lynda Maynard’s career at Boeing, she has been active in SPEEA - either as an Area Rep or Council Rep. But
she really likes being a SPEEA Teller, to help with
“It’s one of those things - it (counting ballots/
certifying results) doesn’t seem important unless
nobody steps up to do it.”
She likes learning about the election process and
enjoys the camaraderie of counting votes with
other Tellers and members who volunteer. “It’s
fun, and you get to know the results first.”
Excited to join a union
When she came to Boeing, she remembers being
more excited about the ability to join a union
than going to work at a major corporation. She
had too many jobs where a union could have
made a significant difference to improve her
workplace (harassment and termination without
cause, for example).
Life didn’t go as planned from the start of her
work career. Instead of joining the Air Force and
going to college (her initial plan), she quit high
school to hitchhike across the country. Then she
became a widow with two young children. That’s
when she went back to school and earned an
associate of applied science degree from Renton
Technical College in electronics engineering
When she took part in a Boeing hiring event,
she wasn’t just nervous. She was overwhelmed
by the caliber of talent in the room - “whiz kids”
from all over the country.
“I figured I would just relax and enjoy the day,”
she said, because she thought she had no chance
of competing. That’s when she started chatting
with Boeing managers about how she tricked her
two children into 1) eating broccoli by telling
them it was only for grown-ups, 2) getting them
to take baths by letting them draw on each other
with washable markers, and 3) going to bed early
because they could have an extra half hour to read.
Years later, she figured out why they hired her
when she didn’t think she had a chance. It was
due to the broccoli, baths and books. “I had
shared creative solutions to common problems.”
The Northwest and Midwest Tellers typically
meet the second Tuesday of every month at the
SPEEA offices to discuss/improve processes.
They count ballots and certify union elections
(ex. Executive Board elections this spring).
They are also responsible for the installation of
Council officers and count ballots for contested
Council Rep elections.
Interested members are welcome to apply any
time to fill vacant seats. New terms start early
next year. See the petition and more details
online at www.speea.org (drop-down menu:
Councils/Forms and Petitions).
• Petitions due - Jan. 24
• Statements due - Jan. 29
• Ballots mailed - Feb. 28 (if contested)
Members are welcome to help count ballots. For
the Northwest, email email@example.com when
the ballot count date is coming closer. For the
Midwest, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The next
all-SPEEA election will be for the Executive
Board. Ballots will be counted March 14.
Lynda Maynard, SPEEA Teller, is shown here in the vote
counting process for a SPEEA election. She likes being among
the first to know results.