To help promote diversity awareness, SPEEA provided tickets for members to see ‘Hidden Figures,’ a movie about a group
of African-American women who broke through career barriers as mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race of
the 1960s. The free tickets were only for members and only for the showing on Jan. 11 in Tukwila, Everett and Wichita.
A number of members paid for tickets to bring their spouses and children to see the movie, based on a true story of these
Members inspired by
‘Hidden Figures’ movie
Luci Hood, a SPEEA Council Rep, grew up in the shadow of rockets when her dad worked as a Boeing electrical engineer for
NASA during the late 1960s and 70s.
While helping to distribute movie tickets for
SPEEA members to see ‘Hidden Figures’ Jan.
11, she reflected on the fact that she might have
gone to school with the children of some of the
women ‘computers’ in the movie.
The movie was about the barriers women of
color faced while working as mathematicians
during the Space Race of the 1960s.
“We didn’t know anything about this,” she said
of the three African American women whose
true stories inspired the movie about the female
‘computers’ who solved math problems prior to
the installation of computing machines. “And I
was so into math!” said Hood, who works as a
manufacturing engineer at Boeing.
Hood was one of the member volunteers who
helped in Tukwila, where about 50 members
attended. In Everett, about 60 members saw the
movie with a complimentary SPEEA ticket (one
night only) and on the same night in Wichita,
nearly 30 attended.
All of the members who attended received a special invite to discuss the movie at the SPEEA
Diversity Committee meeting Feb. 8 at the
SPEEA halls (4 p.m. PST and 6 p.m. CST).
“I’m glad SPEEA is encouraging people to see
this movie,” said Sophia Danenberg, prior to the
movie showing in Tukwila. “It’s an important story
to see these trailblazers that no one knew about.”
SPEEA Diversity Committee
Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. (PST) and 6 p.m. (CST)
Meets second Wednesday of each month
Still time to
If you know members who go the extra mile for SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001 and their community, nominate them for one of the
following SPEEA awards.
Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People
Excel (HOPE) award
This award is named for a strong union advocate
who was also actively supporting his community.
To nominate a member from any bargaining unit
(and state), email email@example.com - include
Nominations due Feb. 6
Northwest activist awards
The four categories are 1) new activist, 2) outstanding activist, 3) Outstanding leader and 4)
To nominate a Northwest member, see the award
nomination form at www.speea.org (drop-down
menu for Councils/Forms and Petitions). Awards
will be presented at the Northwest Recognition
Banquet in March.
Nominations due Feb. 10
SPEEA members Sophia Danenberg, left, and Luci Hood
enjoyed the movie. Hood, a Seattle (Plant II) Council Rep,
volunteered to help the SPEEA Diversity Committee with
sign in at the Tukwila movie showing.
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.
• Skill captains/line managers complete
retention meetings by Feb. 24
• Employee notices distributed from
reopen on March 17
• Effective date – March 29
For more information about retention ratings
and SPEEA’s appeal request process, go to
www.speea.org (click on drop-down menu -
Member Tools/Career Information/Retention).