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CR lessons learned
brings better awareness
Communication skills and a greater aware- ness of SPEEA benefits are some of the highlights of serving in the Council Rep
(CR) role, as noted by three former CRs.
“When I was not a CR, I didn’t
pay attention to some of the
details about SPEEA,” said
Kathy Low, a loads/dynam-
ics engineer on the P8A pro-
gram in Boeing Defense at
the Developmental Center
in Seattle. “Now, I am a lot
more aware of other important
things that SPEEA actually
does for the membership. It’s more than con-
tract negotiations or enforcement,” she said. “I’ve
heard testimony of what other Council Reps
have done for their community.”
How did it affect her work? “It exposed me to
other managers and Human Resources. It gave
me a bigger perspective,” she said. “We all want
the same thing for ourselves and the company
– we all want to do what’s best. That’s driven by
being a CR.”
Chris McMuldroch, an avionics engineer in
Network Systems at Boeing Everett, served about
eight years in the role. From
that experience, he renewed
his appreciation for communication skills. “Whether it’s
written or said, it’s important.
I have a more intense awareness
of the importance of clear, frequent communications.”
Council Reps take the lead for keeping bargaining unit members informed on contract negotiations, for example. He’s also worked with
represented employees in performance and discipline meetings. “It has helped me understand
how communication between managers and
employees is really important.”
McMuldroch recognized the expertise of staff
who help members with workplace issues, answer
questions about benefits and present lunchtime
meetings on topics such as retirement and performance management, for example. “Their
experience is so huge – I lean on them really
Carol Brock enjoyed serving as a Council Rep,
because she knew she was doing something to
make a difference. In her previous career as a
school bus driver, she rose to the helm as president of her union.
“I don’t think professional people understand how
important representation is for them,” she said.
“The advantage is they are not on their own.”
‘ The value is knowledge’
Acknowledging the questions from members
who ask what they get for their union dues, she
points to the contracts, the staff and the backing
of 20,000 others in the Prof and Tech bargaining
units at Boeing for example.
“The value is knowledge –
what the rules are – what’s
acceptable or not.”
Brock also appreciates the rec-
ognition in the workplace for
her work as Council Rep. “It’s
by both sides – by members
and management. They know
you have taken that step.”
All three mentioned the next generation of
SPEEA leaders as one of the reasons they wanted
to step down so they could mentor, for example,
those who are new to the role.
Low noted having a number of conversations
with younger co-workers in her SPEEA outreach
efforts. “They are so bright, and there is so much
potential. They know they are the future.”
SPEEA has vacancies in 13 districts. If you have
a minimum of one year of membership, work
primarily in one of the following districts and
want to serve as your co-workers’ SPEEA liaison,
see the details below.
• Developmental Center – D- 4
• Everett – E- 3, E- 10, E- 13, E-25, E-28
• Kent – K- 2 and K- 3
• Plant II – P- 2
• Renton – R- 1
• Second shift: DS- 10, ES- 10 and RS- 10
Some districts have more than one Council seat.
Eligible members must complete a petition and
submit a statement (150 words max) by June 7. For
the petition and district delineation, go to www.
speea.org (drop-down menu – Councils/Forms
and Petitions). Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area Rep sign up
Every two years, newly seated Council Reps ask their workplace co-workers to sign up or re-commit to the role of Area Rep.
SPEEA Area Reps are recruited, not elected, to
help share SPEEA news and serve as a liaison to
the Council Rep for finding answers to questions.
Area Reps’ roles/responsibilities include:
• Referring represented employees’ workplace
concerns to the Council Rep.
• Becoming familiar with contractual rights
and SPEEA’s democratic structure.
• Reporting workplace activities to the
Council Rep or staff if you see a potential
conflict with the contract.
• Communicating with members in your
small group – by having face-to-face conversations and distributing SPEEA news
emails and the newsletter.
• Attending SPEEA lunchtime meetings,
including CR/AR meetings (typically held
monthly or quarterly) and member information meetings, such as contract benefits or
To sign up or re-endorse for another two-year
term, talk to your Council Rep. Not sure who your
Council Rep is? Go to www.speea.org (drop-down
menu: Councils/Find Your Council Rep). Learn
more about the role at www.speea.org (drop-down
menu: Member Tools/Area Reps).
New Council officers
for NW and MW
Congratulations to the newly elected Council officers in the Northwest and Midwest. They are responsible for running the Council meetings eight times a year and
participate in monthly meetings to plan Council
agendas, oversee Council budgets and keep a
record of the meetings.
• Chair – Tony Hickerson
• Treasurer – James Raskob
• Secretary – Doug Brazeal
• Chair – Matthew Joyce
• Treasurer – Chris Streckfus
• Secretary – Emily Forest
At the June 9 SPEEA Council Convention,
Northwest and Midwest Council Reps will
nominate and vote on candidates for SPEEA
Council chair, treasurer and secretary.