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Jimmie Mathis Secretary
Joel Funfar N W Regional VP
Michael E. Hochberg N W Regional VP
Brent McFarlane N W Regional VP
Keith Covert MW Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
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Gordon Yip Treasurer
Theryl Johnson Secretary
Midwest Regional Council Officers
Mark Gayer Chair
Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Jo Miklos Secretary
Northwest Regional Council Officers
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Carrie Rule Treasurer
Rebekah Hewitt Secretary
Bill Dugovich Communications Director
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SPEEA Executive Board
Petitions due for regional
The petition is due between Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 if you’re an eligible member inter- ested in running for regional vice president on the SPEEA Executive Board.
SPEEA has three openings for Northwest vice
presidents and one opening for Midwest vice
To be eligible, candidates must have been a
regular member in good standing for at least
the preceding 24 months.
Election information, including a petition
form and candidate questions, can be found at
www.speea.org (drop-down menu for SPEEA
Councils/Forms and Petitions).
To run for office, candidates submit a petition
and written statements. The valid candidates’
statements and answers are included with a ballot
sent to SPEEA members by Feb. 25. The seven-member board typically meets twice a month to
direct SPEEA activities through the executive
director, serves as the interim negotiations team
as needed and monitors expenses.
Federal law requires labor organizations to comply with all reasonable requests of any candidate
to distribute campaign literature, at the candi-date's expense, to members in good standing of
the labor organization.
For member mailings, candidates work with a
bonded mailing house. Addresses are never provided directly to a candidate.
Federal law also prohibits candidates for union
office from utilizing union or company resources
in the conduct of their election campaigns.
It is inappropriate to campaign on company
time or use employer (or union) resources such
as paper, copy machines, fax machines, mail
or email. Campaign literature should not be
posted on union or company bulletin boards.
This applies to both the candidates and their
An article in the December Spotlite was not clear on how a level upgrade started for a member. The upgrade was started by
the manger. SPEEA followed up with a formal
appeal, which in this case served as a backup for
to honor members
The Northwest Council hosts a recognition banquet in March to celebrate the efforts of Council Reps and activists who step up for
SPEEA. In addition, SPEEA recognizes select individuals who go above and beyond for their union.
If you would like to nominate someone you know
who fits in one of the following categories, submit
a nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb.
25. The form is online at www.speea.org.
• New activist
• Outstanding activist
• Special leader
• Lifetime achievement
A selection committee makes a recommendation which goes to the Council officers for a
Do you know someone who is not only active
in their union but also in their community?
Someone who is seemingly tireless when it
comes to giving back to those in need? Nomi-
nate him/her for the Stephen Pezzini Helping
Other People Excel (HOPE) award recognizing
the outstanding volunteer/activist of the year.
This award goes to a member who enthusiastically supports both SPEEA and their community. To be eligible, they must be a member in a
SPEEA bargaining unit in California, Florida,
Kansas, Oregon, Utah or Washington.
Stephen Pezzini was an Everett Council Rep who
set a high bar for helping others. His efforts on
behalf of members drew widespread praise and he
also gave back to his community. He died of cancer
at the age of 36 in 1995. Since 1997, SPEEA has
honored someone who exemplifies Pezzini’s values.
To nominate a member for the Pezzini award,
send an e-mail with the person’s name and why
you are nominating him or her (with specific
examples) to email@example.com by Feb. 25.