SPEEA responds to U.S. officials
New officer on
Editor’s note: Council Rep Emily Forest was elected
by the Midwest Council to fill the secretary role. This
interim vacancy was due to a resignation.
WICHI TA – Emily Forest joined SPEEA
because she liked the fact
that the union was supportive of good causes,
such as United Way.
Earlier in her career,
United Way helped her
keep a roof overhead and
food on the table for her
two children. She was a
laid-off single parent going to college.
As Council Rep, she likes the ability to
empower others. It’s one of the best parts
about being in SPEEA, in her opinion. “It’s
about helping people – being someone that
people can call.”
Forest, a supplier quality representative, is
also big on recruiting. “The company is
checking membership regularly,” she said.
“It’s not about employee surveys. It’s about
how many members SPEEA has. It’s how they
take the temperature of morale. If we have
more members, they get the message.”
The annual retention rating process is under way for Profs and Techs at The Boeing Company. Below is a high-level
timeline of what’s next in the process.
• Management assessments complete
by Feb. 26
• Final review complete by March 4
• Employee notices distributed March 7-25
• Reclassifications/promotions reopen
For more information about retention ratings,
www.speea.org (click on drop-down
menu for Member Tools/Career Information/
Support for trade policies
that raise living standards
Calling for good trade that honors work- ers and communities, SPEEA responded to a request for comment on the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) by the U.S. Trade
Representative, who negotiates trade agreements
“SPEEA members are 100% in favor of trade,”
said the letter signed by Ryan Rule, SPEEA pres-
ident. “We make products the rest of the world
wants to buy. Our jobs depend on trade. For
that reason, SPEEA supports good trade policies,
which raise living standards in the U.S. and other
countries. SPEEA opposes bad trade policies,
which increase inequality and skew power rela-
tionships in the way we manage globalization.”
SPEEA’s letter points out several areas of con-
cern regarding the TPP, including:
• The lack of enforcement for labor and
• Artificially cheap currency among the
TPP participants to lure companies look-
ing to cut costs by outsourcing
• Other countries’ strong industrial strategies
that encourage employers to close produc-
tion facilities in the U.S. and move work
to countries with low wages and weak pro-
tections for workers and the environment.
• Flawed economic projections of gains
from trade that consistently over-estimate
job growth and access to markets for
products made in America.
SPEEA Labor Representative Stan Sorscher
agrees with SPEEA’s comments to the USTR.
“Twenty years of experience have revealed
shortcomings with NAFTA-style trade deals,”
Sorscher says. “We should negotiate good trade
deals that do as much for workers and the environment as they do for investors and global
SPEEA is on
SPEEA Council ‘Meet the Budget’
More than a dozen SPEEA members participated in the SPEEA Council ‘Meet the Budget,’ an opportunity to ask questions and dive into the details of the proposed SPEEA Council budget. They met via televideo between SPEEA offices
(Tukwila – above - and Wichita at right) Jan. 11. No photo available of the members in Everett who joined this meeting.
At the quarterly meeting Jan. 14, SPEEA Council Reps voted to 90 to 9 to approve the proposed annual budget and submit it to the SPEEA Executive Board for consideration.