SPEEA 101 in Wichita draws crowd
At the Wichita SPEEA 101 (an overview of the union) IFPTE President Greg Junemann, standing, gave opening
remarks with a brief description of IFPTE and its connection to SPEEA. Contract Administrator Steve Spyridis presented
more details about how SPEEA operates, the contracts for the Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) and
Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU), and opportunities to get involved. About 30 members attended and many stayed
afterward to discuss mentoring tips and next steps.
Labor scholarships i
for union families o i
The following scholarships are for union members’ high school seniors pursuing higher education.
Jerry Beckendorf Community
Services Scholarship – due March 6
Eligible applicants must be a high school
IFPTE - Dominick D. Critelli, Jr.
senior active in the community in Pierce
County, Wash., whose parent or guardian
is a union member. The scholarship, named
for the former United Way labor liaison for
Pierce County, applies to students studying
this fall at a college, university, community
college, trade or technical school. An essay
on their most rewarding volunteer activi-
ties and letter of recommendation are part
of the application process. Learn more at
Scholarship – due March 15
This scholarship is for high school seniors who
are children or grandchildren of SPEEA-IFPTE
Local 2001 members. Students must be planning to attend an accredited college or university in the fall. Along with the application and
transcripts, three letters of recommendation are
required along with an essay on ‘What Being a
Member of a Union Family Means to Me.’ Learn
SPEEA-represented Profs and Techs will receive raises and retention notices next month.
Raises – The effective date for raises is March 6
for guaranteed and selective wage adjustments.
Per the SPEEA contracts, both have a salary
pool of 5% with a minimum increase of 2%
for Profs and 2.5% for Techs.
Retention ratings – Notices will be distributed
March 9-24 with the effective date of March
25. The reclassifications/promotions re-open
The retention rating determines the order of
layoff based on employees’ retention ratings in
their skill code (Profs) or skill code and grade
level ( Techs). To learn more, go to www.speea.
org (click on drop-down menu for Member
member for Teller
The Midwest Tellers Committee, respon- sible for regional elections, needs a mem- ber to join them.
To be eligible, you must be a regular SPEEA
Wichita member in good standing for at least
the past 12 months and cannot serve at the same
time on the Executive Board, Council or Judicial
Teller petitions are available at
the link under SPEEA Councils/Forms and
Petitions). Petitions and 150-word statements
(in case of a contested race) are due by noon
(local time), Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the SPEEA
New Midwest Teller
Congratulations to Nancy Kendrick, Wichita
member, who stepped up to join the committee. Also serving on the Midwest committee
is Rick Nelson. Aaron Kitterman, a former
Teller, was recently seated as a Council Rep,
which creates an interim vacancy. All Teller
seats are up for election in the spring of 2016.
Dues adjusted for 2015
The annual recalculation of SPEEA dues was performed in January, setting the monthly SPEEA
dues rate for 2015 at $43.92. The adjusted rate begins Feb. 12.
Per the SPEEA constitution, the dues are set at 85% of the average hourly rate of all SPEEA bargaining units combined.
Prof and Tech