Consider serving on the
WEU Negotiation Team
WICHITA – SPEEA is gearing up for Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) negotiations so a new contract will
be in place when the existing contract expires
on Dec. 1, 2018.
The WEU contract covers more than 950
SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit
Contract negotiations involve a significant time
commitment – particularly in the fall as Main
Table talks draw near. The SPEEA team members go through training and work with staff to
identify and prioritize changes based on member
surveys, case histories and market analysis.
Members interested in serving on the team need
to attend one negotiations orientation session
and apply by Jan. 12 (see the form at www.
speea.org - drop-down menu: Bargaining Units/
Negotiation orientation - Orientation will be
held Jan. 9 and repeated Jan. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
(both days) at the SPEEA Wichita office. To sign
up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Regular SPEEA member for the past three
• Active member for the past three years –
examples include serving as a Council or
Area Rep, Executive Board member or
active on a SPEEA committee. Members
currently on the Tellers Committee or
Judicial Review Committee cannot serve
on the Negotiation Team at the same time.
• Must attend a negotiation team orientation session (Jan. 9 or Jan. 10) at SPEEA
• Complete and submit an application form
(available at www.speea.org) by Jan. 12.
Applications will be reviewed by a Selection
Committee. The committee interviews the
candidates and makes recommendations to the
WEU Bargaining Unit Council. The WEU
Council Reps will consider the recommendations and vote to elect members to serve as the
bargaining unit’s Negotiation Team.
‘Out and Equal’ summit gives insight into issues
Editor’s note: Emily Forest went to the national Workplace
Summit of Out and Equal, held in Philadelphia in October.
She is a supplier quality engineer at Spirit AeroSystems and
a SPEEA Council Rep/Midwest Council secretary who also
serves on the SPEEA Diversity Committee.
By Emily Forest
SPEEA Midwest Council Secretary
and Wichita Council Rep
Iwanted to go to the ‘Out and Equal’ summit to learn more about what ‘out and equal’ means and to understand what other companies
are doing to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and
make work a safe place.
What I learned is there’s a lot still to do. Starting
conversations is one of our biggest hurdles.
Building cohesive partnerships with company
leaders as well as with union leaders could help.
The best part for me was listening to the stories.
For too long, this community has been overlooked
and pushed aside without ever really having the
opportunity to speak out.
As allies, our support is desperately needed
for this community. We need to be vocal and
build their strength. On behalf of those who are
LGBTQ, (who may be friends, loved ones, or
family members), we want to ensure the safety
of the workplace, so they can be their true selves.
Topics of focus at the summit
• Intersectionality - How sexuality gender
race and other identity categories shape
our workplace and experiences and how
to drive ERG (Employee Resource Group)
• Allies - The role of allies and how to
empower them to speak up on behalf of
the LGBTQ community.
• Trans youth - How companies can support families who are facing the burden of
paying for medical services.
More than 4,000 participated in the conference
in Philadelphia, including representatives from
a number of aviation-related companies. I talked
with some of these representatives about how to
engage with the leadership at work. That was well
worth going to this conference.
About Out and Equal
The group, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates,
is a global nonprofit organization working to
remove the barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender employees on the job.
can apply for joint
Per the SPEEA-Spirit contracts, members have the opportunity to meet with manage- ment to discuss workplace issues and collaborate on solutions through joint committees.
The two SPEEA-Spirit bargaining unit joint
• Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) - Joint
Collaboration Committee (JCC) (Article
• Wichita Technical and Professional Unit
(WTPU) - Joint Oversight Committee
(JOC) (Article 9. 3)
If you’re a SPEEA member in good standing
for at least one year, you are eligible. Apply by
submitting a qualification statement (250-word
max) via email to email@example.com by 5 p.m.,
Friday, Jan. 5.
If you have questions, contact the Wichita office
at (316) 682-0262.
Midwest Council Secretary Emily Forest took part in the
national ‘Out and Equal’ summit to learn more about
workplace issues regarding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Forest is
also a member of the SPEEA Diversity Committee.