ause: ‘We are SPEEA’
IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon
Council Reps: We are all organizers!
By Bill Dugovich
Two days of training, discussions and
advice from experts at the SPEEA
Convention and Leadership Conference
was capped by some simple advice from
IFP TE Secretary- Treasurer Paul Shearon
during his closing remarks.
“Treat people how they want to be treated,” said Shearon. “In order to do that,
you have to figure out what they want.
You have to develop a relationship, talk
to them, get their story and help them
develop solutions to their problems.
“If you can do that, we can organize
them,” said the former SPEEA Director
of Organizing and Council officer.
Shearon speaks from experience, having
played a major role at the IFPTE in successful campaigns to organize professionals
at the Government Accountability Office
(GAO), NASA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and administrative law judges at the Office
of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in D.C.
While at SPEEA, Shearon directed efforts to
organize the Wichita Technical and Professional
Unit ( WTPU) and facilities engineers at Boeing.
With The Boeing Company constantly
maneuvering work around the country and
Spirit AeroSystems and Triumph Composite
Systems in flux, it’s essential for SPEEA to stay
on top of work movements. Shearon called
on Council Reps to pay added attention to
work movements and report them to SPEEA
“This is the right thing to do,” Shearon said.
“It’s our responsibility to follow the work.
SPEEA is an organizing union. It’s exciting.”
With Puget Sound bargaining unit negotia-
tions in 2016 fast approaching, Shearon called
on Council Reps to bolster the internal work-
place network by filling Council vacancies,
recruiting Area Representatives and working
to convert Agency Fee payers to full members.
“I venture that most Agency Fee payers have
never been asked to join the union,” Shearon
said. “It makes no sense why someone would
pay the Agency Fee – which is the same as
dues – and not want to vote on contracts or
in union elections. It’s our responsibility to ask
them to join.”
Congratulating members of the Leadership
Development and Training Committee for
pulling together an outstanding event, Shearon
also praised SPEEA’s elected officers and staff.
“We have a lot of issues ahead, and we have
to be ready,” the secretary-treasurer said. “But,
if everyone does a little bit, we’re going to get
somewhere. We’re going to win.”
“It’s important to speak from our hearts, not just our
heads. It’s deeper than a discussion of ideas.”
Mark McDermott, keynote speaker
“We can’t just email, we have to
get to know them – so
our leadership knows what
our membership wants.”
Everett Council Rep
“This is why we’ll always have a strong labor movement –
because of people like you.” Greg Junemann, IFPTE
president, at the Council convention
yl Johnson, chair,
ary. They were elected at
SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth gave
opening remarks at the conference June 13.
IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon gave closing remarks.
He’s shown here with Renton Council Rep Orlando De Los
Santos, who is also chair of the Leadership Development and
Wichita Council Reps are shown
here from left (both mentors/men-tees) Carla Stroot, Ponolar
Washington, Donna Lehane,
Nancy Frazier and Jo Miklos.
Alex Sonnabend, SPEEA
member, gave a report on the
IFPTE Energy Committee related to a
Council motion and vote for support.