Local 2001, AFL-CIO, CLC
OF PROFESSIONAL AND
Leadership changes in the year ahead
Upcoming elections will bring new leader- ship opportunities for members. This month, members can submit peti-tions/statements for SPEEA president, treasurer
or secretary. In July, the delegates to the IFPTE
Triennial Convention will elect a new president
SPEEA President Ryan Rule is not running
again because of the two-term limit, and IFPTE
President Greg Junemann retires in June after
serving a total of 25 years as an IFPTE officer
(including serving as secretary-treasurer).
SPEEA members have the opportunity to run for
delegate seats to the IFPTE Convention - which
this year celebrates IFPTE’s 100th anniversary. The
convention, June 25-28, is in Atlantic City, N.J.
If the number of SPEEA candidates exceeds the
number of delegates, SPEEA conducts a member-wide election. Look for details this spring.
In addition, members can run for IFPTE SPEEA-Area vice president seats (two Northwest and one
Midwest) on the IFPTE Executive Council. SPEEA
will conduct a member-wide election if contested.
In the Midwest, members of the Wichita
Engineering Unit (WEU) bargaining unit are
running for the SPEEA-WEU Negotiation Team.
Applications are due Jan. 12 (see www.speea.org
for details). The WEU Bargaining Unit Council
elects the team.
Team members receive extensive training and
work with SPEEA staff to identify and prioritize
changes based on member surveys, case histories
and market analysis.
After contract talks with Spirit AeroSystem’s
leaders, an offer is ‘lifted’ for a vote. SPEEA
provides highlights along with proposed contract
changes and sends ballots to WEU members.
The current contract expires Dec. 1.
Other ways to step up
SPEEA offers a number of ways to become
involved and show support for your union.
•;Join a committee - Members are always
welcome to the monthly meetings. Several
committees plan events and take action
in the workplace or at the state/federal
capitols. See a list of committees and their
meeting schedules on page 6.
•;Help count election ballots - Run for a
seat on the Tellers Committee, which oversees union elections. Training is provided.
You can also volunteer to count ballots
when SPEEA conducts member-wide
•;Become an Area Rep - This is a great way
to learn more about how SPEEA operates
and build a connection to co-workers.
Talk to your Council Rep to learn more.
Not sure who your Council Rep is? Go to
www.speea.org - drop-down menu: Member
Tools/Find Your Council Rep.
College scholarships for labor
union members and their families
The one-time cash awards of $500 to $4,000 are
given for study beginning in the fall. Applicants
are evaluated on a number of factors, including
two essays (which count for up to half of your
score). Learn more at www.unionplus.org.
Applications are due before noon (Eastern Time)
Jan. 31. This is a nationwide scholarship program for all unions participating in the Union
Plus program, which includes IFPTE. Current
and retired members, their spouses and their
dependent children are eligible.
IFPTE - Dominick D. Critelli, Jr.
Scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded
to three high school seniors from IFPTE's public,
private, and federal sectors (one per sector). This
scholarship is for high school seniors who are
children or grandchildren of SPEEA, IFPTE
Local 2001 members.
Along with the application and transcripts, three
letters of recommendation are required along
with an essay on “What Being a Member of a
Union Family Means to Me.” See more at www.
ifpte.org (drop-down menu: Join Us/IFPTE
Benefits). Due by March 15.
In 2017, Anna Johnson (SPEEA member David
M. Johnson) won the IFPTE private sector
To be eligible, high school seniors must be part of
a union family (parent or guardian) and the student must be active in the community in Pierce
County, Wash. An essay and letter of recommendation are part of the application process
for those entering in a college, trade or technical
school in the fall. Apply by March 15. Learn
more at www.pclaborcares.org.
SPEEA has been a major sponsor of the scholarship fundraiser bowling tournament.
In 2016, Rebecca Vonwahlde (SPEEA member Ronald Vonwahlde) won a Beckendorf
Community Services scholarship.
SPEEA recognizes and honors members’ efforts on behalf of their union and their community with special awards.
SPEEA Pezzini HOPE award
The Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People
Excel (HOPE) award is given to a member who
goes above and beyond for SPEEA and his/her
community. The award honors the memory of
a Council Rep who was a strong union advocate
who was also active in supporting his community. He died of cancer at the age of 36.
To nominate someone you know (in any bargaining unit), email email@example.com by Feb. 16.
Include specific examples of how the member
contributes to SPEEA and the community.
At the March Recognition Banquet, the
Northwest Council recognizes members in the
following categories who were nominated by
• New activist
• Outstanding activist
• Outstanding leader
• Lifetime achievement
To nominate a Northwest member, see the award
nomination form online (available under Councils/
Forms and Petitions). Deadline: Feb. 16.
Professional and support staff at
SPEEA, IFP TE Local 2001................................................ 4-5
Discount tickets to two hockey games.............................. 6
Join a committee to focus on issues
important to you.............................................................. 6
Bringing workplace perspective to
technical colleges............................................................. 7
Member earns SWE Emerging Leader award ................... 7
Performance Management training in Wichita ................ 8
Union firefighters climb for Henry.................................... 8