Ready to step up for SPEEA?
Consider the following opportunities to get more involved in your union. You can meet others who share your interests and
contribute to the leadership of SPEEA.
All Council seats in all bargaining units are up for
election this year. The Council Reps, who serve
as union representatives in the workplace and set
policy for the union, serve two-year terms.
Anyone who has been a SPEEA member for at
least the past 12 months can run for Council Rep
in their work area (district). Extensive training
Council Rep responsibilities include:
• Help members get answers to questions or
concerns about their contract, benefits, sal-
ary charts and career-growth opportunities.
• Attend monthly Council meetings to vote
on motions and conduct business.
• Represent employees called in for disciplinary or investigatory meetings and work with
SPEEA contract administrators to resolve
issues on behalf of members.
To run for Council Rep, look for the 2015-2017
district delineation and Council Rep petition
coming soon to
www.speea.org. Deadline to
apply: March 25.
All Council Reps will be seated at the May
IFPTE convention delegate - Want to learn
more about other IFPTE labor locals and represent SPEEA? Consider running for SPEEA
delegate to the IFPTE triennial convention,
The convention is a great opportunity for delegates to network with IFPTE locals, attend
workshops on labor issues, and hear from guest
IFPTE vice president - If you’re interested in
union leadership, consider running for IFPTE
vice president. The VPs are responsible for communicating SPEEA’s concerns and priorities to the
IFPTE Executive Council. The IFP TE Executive
Council holds semi-annual meetings.
Candidates must be SPEEA members with continuous good standing for at least two full years
prior to the election.
Election petitions for both the delegate and vice
president openings, as well as other requirement
details, are coming soon to
Deadline to apply: April 21.
Want to know who is running to rep- resent you on the SPEEA Executive Board? Check out the list of candidates at
Candidate petitions were validated after the
deadline for this issue of Spotlite. SPEEA members will vote for candidates in their region.
SPEEA mails a voter guide along with the ballot to members’ homes. In this guide, you will
find more information about the candidates.
They submitted answers to Council-approved
questions, as well as platform and qualification
Look for the ballots coming in the mail to members later this month (for contested races).
• Ballots mailed by Feb. 25
• Ballots counted March 11
• New two-year terms begin March 25
at SPEEA halls
As of this year, Boeing stopped offering its retirement process seminars at the SPEEA Puget Sound halls. The SPEEA
pension and retirement seminars are now the
only way to hear from a contract-benefit expert
SPEEA Benefits Director Matt Kempf, (CFP®),
provides an overview of the contract benefits
related to retirement planning at the Everett
and Tukwila halls.
Given the popularity of these classes, Kempf
nearly doubled the number of times he offers the
presentation. However, the seminars fill up fast.
See the complete schedule and available dates
for SPEEA seminars at
drop-down menu for Medical & Retirement).
Boeing retirement seminars
Machinists’ leader: ‘Standing together is where we need to be’
SPEEA President Ryan Rule, left, and IAM 751 President Jon Holden talk at union headquarters before the SPEEA
Council meeting Jan. 15. Holden expressed his thanks to the Council for working with the IAM on worker issues,
including the effort to add accountability in the Washington Aerospace Tax Preference bill. "Your issues are our issues,"
Holden said. "Working together and standing together is where we need to be." The IAM president spoke and took
questions for about 20 minutes. At the conclusion, he was given a standing ovation by the Council.