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What’s happening on issues important to SPEEA?
By Chelsea Orvella
SPEEA Legislative Director
State legislatures and the U.S. Congress are grappling with major public policies impact- ing the aerospace industry and workers.
Here are brief updates on some of the key legislative issues where SPEEA is heavily engaged.
Tax savings, but jobs cut
The Boeing Company recently disclosed saving
$242 million in 2016 by leveraging Washington
state tax breaks. Companies are now required to
report annual tax savings to the state Department
Meanwhile, as of May, Boeing’s Washington
workforce was down 14,610 jobs since the tax
incentives were extended in November 2013.
Boeing continues to pay roughly half the business
tax rate of other non-aerospace manufacturers in
Washington state despite massive and escalating
job cuts. Many of these jobs were moved to other
states and abroad.
While the Washington legislature is still in ses-
Paid family and medical leave deal
sion, measures to tie Boeing’s tax savings to a job
requirement can still move forward for a vote by
the House Finance Committee. Accountability
bills HB 2145 and 2146 were introduced by
Representatives Noel Frame (D-36th district)
and Richard DeBolt (R-20th district). At a hear-
ing May 2, SPEEA and Machinists members
and education, community and policy groups
testified in support of these efforts.
On June 16, Washington state lawmakers
announced a bipartisan deal on a paid family
and medical leave bill. The just-released framework marks a milestone in a decade-long effort
to enact a state-wide paid leave program. At the
time, lawmakers and their staff were finalizing
the details. For up-to-date information, visit
New manufacturing research center
The Oregon State Legislature continues to
look at additional state funding for the Oregon
Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC), slated to open in phases this year and next. Modeled
after the University of Sheffield Advanced
Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in
Sheffield, England, the OMIC brings together
industry, labor, higher education, and government to develop cutting edge technologies and
workforce training to grow Oregon’s advanced
SPEEA sent a letter of support to the Oregon Joint
House and Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee
considering the funding at a hearing May 19.
Citing SPEEA’s support (a recent Northwest
Council motion vote was nearly unanimous)
because of the “unique opportunity to leverage
public and private resources to grow high-skill,
high-wage manufacturing jobs in Oregon,” the
letter encouraged additional state funding to
ensure the center is a success for workers and
Boeing is a founding partner of the AMRC and
Weighing in on ‘modernizing’ NAFTA
Congress received formal notice on May 18
regarding the administration’s intent to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA). The U.S. Trade Representative
(USTR) requested public comment related
to the “modernization of NAFTA” in order
to inform U.S. negotiating positions. SPEEA
joined a number of other organizations in submitting comments.
Enacted in 1994, NAFTA establishes trade rules
and tariff schedules between the U.S., Canada
and Mexico. “At the time, critics of the NAFTA
approach predicted a distortion of power relationships favoring multinational corporations at the
expense of workers, communities and environment,” said SPEEA President Ryan Rule in comments submitted June 12 to the USTR. “Over
time, the critics’ predictions were validated.”
SPEEA urges the USTR to adhere to specific principles that ensure NAFTA reform supports continued trade while balancing the interests of the public
with those of global companies and investors.
SPEEA hosts summer fun in the Northwest and Midwest
Join fellow SPEEA members, family and friends in adventures that are either free or at a discount.
• SPEEA new hire/intern hike – Want to
see an alpine lake with other newer/younger
SPEEA members? Join the Northwest New
Hire Committee hike to Annette Lake on
Saturday, July 29, at 8 a.m. This is a 7. 5
mile (round-trip) hike, with an elevation
gain of 1,800 feet. To sign up, email speea@
speea.org with your contact information.
Carpooling logistics to be determined.
• Northwest Golf Tournament – This
year’s Northwest Membership Activities
Committee (MAC) Golf Tournament will be
held at Redmond Ridge, Saturday, July 15, at
8 a.m. This is a fundraiser for SPEEA Cares,
which helps laid-off members facing financial emergencies. The $75 registration covers
18 holes, a cart and refreshments. Prizes
awarded. See the link to online registration at
www.speea.org (SPEEA events page).
• Seattle Storm discount tickets – See
Seattle’s professional women’s basket-
ball team, the Storm, take on the Dallas
Wings, Friday, July 28, with discount tick-
ets. Regular price - $19 – SPEEA MAC
discount - $10 each for a limited number
of tickets. The link to purchase is online at
www.speea.org (SPEEA events page).
• All Star Adventures discount tickets – The
Midwest Membership Activities Committee
(MAC) arranged for discount tickets ($8
each) to have some fun with miniature golf,
go-karts, bumper cars, rookie go-karts and
bumper boats. The discount tickets include
20 tokens for amusement rides, arcade and
redemption games, driving range and batting cages. Buy your tickets (cash only) at
the SPEEA Wichita office. Discount tickets
(wristbands for one three-hour time slot)
can be used between now and Aug. 31.
• Mosley Street Melodrama discount tickets
– Half-price tickets are only $15 for dinner
and a show for members and their guests
on Saturday, Aug. 5. The MAC arranged
for the discount for “School House Don’t
Rock/Brownback vs. Bored of Education.”
Tickets are on sale at the SPEEA Wichita
office – cash only – prior to July 27.
• Race for Freedom – The Midwest Council
supports the annual Race for Freedom,
which raises money for ICT-S.O.S., to end
human trafficking. This is a 5k for runners
and walkers, Saturday, Sept. 9, in Wichita.
SPEEA will have an information booth at
the event and is looking for a team of runners, walkers and volunteers or sign up to
run ‘virtually’ for this fundraiser. To sign
up, email email@example.com. Questions?
Area Reps help SPEEA ‘act in the members’ interest’............................ 4
SPEEA Council Convention/Leadership
Conference – ‘Empowering Future Activists’ ....................................... 5
Almeida: Embrace and encourage ideas of younger workers............... 6
Advice from a former intern ................................................................ 7
Passion for promoting STEM prompted engineering career................. 8
Why public banking is the right choice for states ................................ 9
Airplane contest soars in Wichita......................................................... 9
A closer look at the H-1B visa program for foreign workers ............... 10
Ed Wells Partnership offers Dale Carnegie
course – grads tout benefits ............................................................. 11