Bob Wilkerson Treasurer
Jimmie Mathis Secretary
Joel Funfar NW Regional VP
Brent McFarlane NW Regional VP
Shannon (Moriarty) Deacon NW Regional VP
Keith Covert MW Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
Theryl Johnson Chair
Nikki Wagener Treasurer
Sandra Hastings Secretary
Midwest Regional Council Officers
Mark Gayer Chair
Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Emily Forest Secretary
Northwest Regional Council Officers
Tony Hickerson Chair
Orlando De Los Santos Treasurer
James Raskob Secretary
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Executive Board election
Letter explains next steps
on ‘bridge benefit’ lawsuit
WICHITA – Members affected by the early retirement bridge benefit lawsuit recently received an update on the class-action settlement. The plaintiffs’ legal counsel and settlement administrators sent a letter last month to the
homes of those affected with an explanation for the delay, as well as a tentative timeline for next
steps. One of the next steps involves the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and a pending tax ruling
that may take until June or longer.
To see the letter, go to
www.wichitaretirementclasssettlement.info and click on case documents,
then click on ‘Update on Boeing Wichita Settlement.’
SPEEA filed the lawsuit after Boeing sold its commercial division in Wichita. Hundreds of employees were denied the SPEEA-Boeing contract benefit of ‘bridging’ to early retirement benefits. This
applies to those who were age 49 to 55 at the time of the divestiture.
Wichita training covers PM appeal process
SPEEA Contract Administrator Steve Spyridis met with Council Reps in Wichita Jan. 19 to review how the Performance
Management (PM) appeal process works according to the SPEEA-Spirit contracts. In addition, Council Reps learned ways
to help represented employees prepare for conversations with their manager about their PM concerns. Spyridis also conducted
additional related training in the workplace for SPEEA representatives. The time period to request an appeal ended Feb. 1.
Ballot coming for SPEEA president,
treasurer and secretary
Your vote counts for SPEEA president, trea- surer and secretary. Look for an envelope from SPEEA that says ballot enclosed. In
Executive Board election timeline
addition to the ballot, SPEEA will mail candidate
information by Feb. 24, including:
• Responses to questions approved by the
To see who is running for these top elected
seats, go to
www.speea.org. Candidate peti-
tions were validated after the deadline for this
issue of Spotlite.
• Ballots mailed by Feb. 24
• Ballots due by noon* March 9
• New two-year terms begin March 23
* Must be delivered to SPEEA mail box or nearest
office by that time to be counted.