Member shares personal
impact of job loss
(Editor’s note: Terri Parsons, a former SPEEA member who was laid
off from The Boeing Company last year, testified at the Washington
State House Finance Committee hearing Jan. 19 in Olympia. SPEEA
and the Machinists provided testimony in support of HB 2638 – tying
aerospace tax incentives to job requirements. )
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I started working
for Boeing back in 1988 as a technical illustrator, working on the
maintenance manuals for all models of airplanes. Later I joined
the maintenance training group. It was a job that I enjoyed and
was good at.
Last year a bomb was dropped on our group. More than 70 people
were brought into a room and told our work would be outsourced
to firms out of state. They told us that since these people did
similar work they didn’t really need us anymore. They called it an
exercise in synergy. We later found out these firms had very little to no aerospace experience.
We were actually given a layoff date and another date after which we were told to do no
work. So we came to work every day to sit there for our whole shift and do nothing except
train the people who were taking our jobs.
Adding job requirements to Boeing’s tax breaks can stop more skilled jobs from leaving
our state. I appreciate that Representative Debolt
from my district supports this measure (HB 2638),
and I hope you will, too.
Tell your lawmaker you support tying family wage jobs to the aerospace tax incentives. Find your lawmaker and
send an email at this link. Share your email with
Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA legislative director, at
I SUPPORT Tax Incentive Accountability
ing jobs in the state if the company wanted to
take the full tax incentive.
“Everyone who voted on it thought it was
going to keep and grow jobs in the state of
Washington,” said Robinson at the start of the
hearing on Jan. 19. “No one at that time thought
we’d be sitting here today with Boeing having
taken 4,000 jobs out of state.”
The nearly 40 people who testified before the
committee included officials from SPEEA, the
Machinists, current and laid off employees,
industry experts, representatives from aerospace
and other businesses and one Boeing official.
“With each job lost, our state’s aerospace industry becomes a little less competitive,” said Ryan
Rule, SPEEA President. “SPEEA, and our coworkers from IAM 751, are here today seeking
your support for new legislation that ensures our
state’s tax preferences actually do help ‘maintain
and grow’ our aerospace industry.”
SPEEA and Machinists testified about how initial support for the incentives turned to disappointment when the work movements didn’t
stop. That disappointment turned to fear when
layoff notices started.
“As the company has continued to move jobs
out of the state and issue more layoffs to my
peers, the work environment has grown unstable
and less desirable,” testified Shannon Deacon,
SPEEA Northwest vice president. “Building the
777X here alone has not kept the jobs here.”
SPEEA and the Machinists have supported and
publically stated that when used properly, tax
incentives are a good way to incentivize corporations to locate in Washington and grow good
“Unless we address the lack of job guarantees in
the current legislation, we are at risk to continue
that trend of jobs moving out of Washington,”
said Machinists Lodge 751 President Jon
Holden. “Tax payers in Washington deserve to
prosper with the record profits and deliveries of
airplanes in our state. Instead what we see are
good jobs leaving.”
The House Finance Committee is expected to
schedule a vote of members. A positive vote
sends the legislation to a vote of the full state
House of Representatives. A positive vote on
the House floor sends the bill to the state Senate
where the process repeats.
Council Rep Dave Baine (center) and Bill Razeto, retired Boeing engineer/SPEEA staff, (right) were among those who
testified at the hearing, along with Tommy Cafcas, research analyst, with Good Jobs First, also shown above.