11 SPEEA SPOTLITEFEBRUARY 2016
Online presentation Feb. 11
‘Get a Grip on Your Career’
By Maria Nelson
SPEEA Co-director, Ed Wells Partnership
As you settle into the new year, you may be wondering ‘where am I headed in this job?’ or ‘how do I break out of this rut?’ These questions and more are answered in an Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) online session with Michael-John Bristow, cognitive neuroscientist,
author, and highly regarded EWP instructor Thursday, Feb. 11.
Michael-John Bristow, cognitive neuroscientist
Thursday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. online
It is so easy to fall into a daily rhythm at work, letting our careers
simply happen to us rather than proactively choosing the course our
careers should take. In this Boeing Education Network (BEN) session
offered by Ed Wells, learn more about:
• Why our brains sometimes guide us into unhelpful career patterns
and what we can do about it
• How to utilize your strengths to take charge of your career
• What it takes to stand out in an ever-growing crowd
Bristow teaches popular and extremely highly rated classes for the Ed Wells including Mentoring
Excellence, Vital Conversations and Powerful Presentations.
In addition, he’ll be teaching two new classes this year designed specifically for SPEEA-represented
Boeing engineers and technical employees. They are: 1) “Take Charge of Your Career - Managing
Personal Growth” and 2) “Take Charge of Your Career - Working with Others to Expand Your
Impact.” To see when these other class titles taught by Bristow are scheduled, go to edwells.web.
boeing.com (click on the Advanced Search link and enter the course title).
Don’t miss this Ed Wells-sponsored BEN presentation Feb. 11, or plan to watch the recorded
broadcast later on demand. Find out more about this broadcast on Boeing’s intranet at edwells.
Labor scholarships for union families
If one of your family members plans to go to college or other higher education this fall, he/she may be eligible to apply for a labor
• Jerry Beckendorf Community Services
Scholarship – due March 14
Eligible applicants must be a high school senior
active in the Pierce County, Wash., community
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 a letter of recommendation are part of
the application process. Learn more at http://
• IFPTE - Dominick D. Critelli, Jr.
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. In addition to an 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
PORTLAND – Oregon Council Rep Emily Brent-Fulps helped
a group of tech designers
achieve a level upgrade. She
worked with a Boeing Human
Resources representative who
pursued the issue with management.
“They had been trying to
work with their (first-level) manager for at least
nine months before they came to me,” Brent-Fulps said.
According to a change in the job code, the level
2 technical designers were overqualified, having
more than 10 years of experience per person. For
their job code, level 2 recommends five years of
The lesson she learned from helping is that solidarity works because she was able to advocate
on the group’s behalf after they sought SPEEA’s
“It’s good to see this side of the union,” Brent-Fulps said. “It’s positive.”
their plan wisely, even if they do not change their
behavior. Of course Boeing wants both. Being
self-insured, if you are healthy or efficiently utilize
medical services, Boeing saves money.
It is unfortunate people can no longer rely on
defined benefit pension plans in this country.
It is unfortunate the financial community puts
so much value against providing a defined benefit pension that Boeing is all but compelled
to nearly freeze all outstanding defined benefit
pension plans it has for employees. We were
able to work with Boeing to continue to have an
increase in the value of our pension. This satis-fies the company’s need to limit the substantial increases in its future obligations without
eliminating future growth. This is significant
for anyone who is not just a few short years
away from retirement.
For all of the above reasons, and after having
been fortunate enough to transition from; "It's
more than just salary" (Boeing's new hire packet
title in 2001) to being part of a large population
pegged at 15% above market pay, with some
lump sum awards on top, I decided it is in my
best interest to vote YES on this offer, perhaps
making this my first YES vote ever.
Why I'm voting YES –
perhaps for the first time
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