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and autos. SPEEA members qualify for savings
through IFPTE, affiliated with AFL-CIO.
Did you know, for example, that you can save
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Other discounts and savings are available for a
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and pet supplies, car rentals, Goodyear tires,
legal services, and savings on college test prep.
For college-bound students, UnionPlus has
a scholarship program that last year gave out
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In addition to the UnionPlus Mortgage
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See how you can save with your union membership – go to www.unionplus.org. Remember to
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Tax Incentive Accountability
SPEEA members testify
at hearing in Olympia
OLYMPIA, Wash. – At a hearing last month in the state capitol, current and
former members of SPEEA, the
Machinists, and other concerned
citizens testified in favor of the latest aerospace tax incentive accountability legislation.
Labor and a growing number of
citizens concerned specifically with
education funding questioned lawmakers on the intent of the original tax incentive package versus the
actual effect – with nearly 13,000
fewer Boeing jobs in Washington
state since the $8.7 billion tax
incentive package passed in special
session in November of 2013.
SPEEA Council Rep Mark Friesen, a manufacturing engineer on the 737 program, noted the
change in culture he’s seen over the last dozen
years. “The visionary culture at Boeing has been
replaced by a cost-cutting culture. It doesn't take
a rocket scientist to see that Google, Elon Musk,
Jeff Bezos, and others will beat us at getting new
innovative aerospace products to market.”
The House Finance Committee held the hearing on House Bill (HB) 2145, introduced by
Rep. Noel Frame
(D-Seattle) and HB
2146, introduced by
Rep. Richard DeBolt
call for accountability by redirecting
aerospace tax incentives if the number of
Boeing aerospace jobs
continues to decline.
engineer and SPEEA
Council Rep, John
Dimas, expanded on
“The Boeing Company’s greatest asset has always
been and always will be its people. The spirit of the
state’s incentives was to preserve and/or increase
employment in aerospace. My concern is for
the future, what happens when the next crisis
occurs? Will there be enough skilled workers in
Washington state to solve that challenge?”
Brent McFarlane, a former SPEEA leader who
recently took a voluntary layoff, also testified what
he heard at a meeting with a high-level engineering
manager. McFarlane asked the manager: ‘What is
the workforce population they are aiming for in
the Northwest?’ The answer: ‘Whatever it takes
to reach our targeted profit margins.’ McFarlane,
in his testimony, called this “no answer.”
Also at the hearing, Brian Metz, another laid-off
Boeing worker (and SPEEA Communications
intern) addressed the committee. “When I lost
my job, it was one of over 3,000 to go between
2013 and 2015. Two years later, that number is
over 12,000. My question to you, as stewards of the
public trust, is what have we gotten in return? What
percentage of jobs leaving the state is acceptable?”
The voice of frus-
trated parents at
the hearing came
through loud and
clear in support of
legislation that redi-
rects tax breaks to
education funding if
jobs go below a mini-
One of the parents
Lehmann, a mother
with two children in
West Seattle schools,
described the need
to hold fundraisers for fundamentals, including
the library which had no money in its budget to
purchase new books. Seeing billions go to profitable corporations while public education is legally
in default left Lehmann asking for a convincing
answer on how well the tax breaks are working.
The panel listened to nearly an hour of testimony, which also included a Boeing lobbyist and
business associations opposing the legislation.
The only question from the legislators was the
name of Lehmann’s daughter (Ariel, age 8) who
sat with her mother during testimony. When
asked whether she had anything to say, Ariel
declined to comment.
“Working at Boeing, I learned firsthand that
cost-cutting is not the path to successful
programs. And, successful programs are something we all want,” Mathis said.
Deacon commented that cuts to training programs, recreational facilities and uneven application of benefits like parental leave are making
Boeing a less attractive career path.
“Cost-cutting is definitely taking a toll on our
engineers and technical workers’ ability to be
optimally productive,” Deacon said. “No one
can do their best work while constantly worrying
about being laid off, or having their work moved
across the country.”
Muilenburg acknowledged all of the comments
from the podium and thanked SPEEA for
attending the meeting. He noted the company
has a long-term vision that factors in the items
SPEEA leaders mentioned.
SPEEA is on
Enough with the cuts,
SPEEA tells Boeing
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SPEEA members and Machinists testified before the Washington State House
Finance Committee on proposed tax incentive accountability bills. Rep. Noel
Frame, center, sponsored one of the bills.
Council Rep Mark Friesen is shown here during his testimony.
The full hearing is available on TVW, the state’s public affairs
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