Pezzini and NW activists
due Jan. 17
Every day, SPEEA members are doing good work. They are helping co-workers with issues, sharing information about the
union and its benefits and hosting meetings and
events. Many are also involved in their communities, including a tremendous amount of work
for outreach related to Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM).
SPEEA leaders want to honor and encourage
these efforts by presenting awards. See the following categories and submit names of members
you appreciate for their efforts to help.
• Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People
Excel (HOPE) award - This is to recognize a labor advocate who works tirelessly
to help others within SPEEA and his/her
community. Nominees can be any members in good standing from any SPEEA
bargaining unit in Washington, Kansas,
Oregon, Utah or California. Pezzini was an
Everett Council Rep who inspired many by
his contributions before he died at age 36.
• HOPE award review committee -
Members can apply for the committee
reviewing the nominations. If interested
in serving on this committee, send your
name and contact information to
firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 17. This is
one of SPEEA’s highest honors!
• Northwest activist awards - The
Northwest Council officers also present awards for activists each year. To
be eligible, members must live/work in
Washington state, Oregon, California or
Utah and be a member in good standing.
New Activist - New to activism in
SPEEA. Stepped up in the last year
Outstanding Activist - Steps up significantly to serve SPEEA members.
Participates in multiple committees,
supports labor activism and internal
Outstanding Leader - Demonstrates leadership in the workplace and the union.
Lifetime Achievement - Provides significant contributions to SPEEA membership for an extensive period of time.
How to nominate
For all of the award categories, see the nomination forms at www.speea.org (drop-down
menu: Councils/Forms and Petitions).
Nominations are due to email@example.com by
Thursday, Jan. 17.
Lunchtime meetings in Wichita
Midwest members attended workplace lunchtime training the week of Nov. 5 to learn more about the Performance
Management (PM) process at Spirit AeroSystems. Shown here, Nov. 7, SPEEA Contract Administrator Steve
Spyridis shared tips and insights to help members in PM conversations with their manager. The meetings were held
throughout the workplace on both first and second shift. Since the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) members ratified
a new contract with the PM scoring removed, members raised questions. The PM process for the Wichita Technical
and Professional Unit (WTPU) has not changed. Contract administrators are available to offer PM training in the
Election details online for four
regional vice president openings
If you’re eligible and interested in serving in one of SPEEA’s top elected positions, see the election information for Executive Board
regional vice president.
To become a candidate, members must print the
SPEEA VP petition and obtain a minimum number of members’ signatures. The candidate also
needs to supply answers to questions and provide
platform and position statements outlined in the
election booklet. All of the pieces of the candidate
packet are due in January.
For more details, including the petition and guidelines, see the election booklet at www.speea.org.
The four vice president seats include three from
the Northwest region and one from the Midwest
SPEEA sends ballots to all members in good
standing who reside in a region with a contest.
• Wednesday, Jan. 9 - earliest date to turn
in a petition
• Wednesday, Jan. 23 - deadline to turn in
• Monday, Jan. 28 - candidate statements due
• Wednesday, Feb. 27 - ballots mailed to all
• Wednesday, March 13 - ballots counted
• Wednesday, March 27 - newly elected
officers begin two-year terms
About the Executive Board
The SPEEA Executive Board consists of seven
bargaining unit members elected to serve two-
The Board administers the affairs of SPEEA
according to the constitution, bylaws and policies established by the membership and the
Executive Board elections are held annually,
alternating between officer and regional vice
• Overseeing SPEEA’s budget and authorizing expenses such as travel and time-charging.
• Managing SPEEA’s assets, funds and
• Serving as the interim negotiations team
for any SPEEA bargaining unit.
• Representing SPEEA in high-level interface with bargaining units’ employers and
• Appointing members to represent SPEEA
on committees such as local/state labor
councils, joint committees with company
leaders and Ed Wells Partnership Joint
Policy Board with Boeing leaders.
Details on the duties and responsibilities of the
Executive Board can be found in SPEEA’s governing documents.
Look for the Executive Board Policy and
Procedure Manual and the SPEEA Constitution
at www.speea.org. The links are under the
drop-down menu for Contact Us/Executive
Board and Councils/Governing Documents.