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Ryan Rule Secretary
Vacant N W Regional VP
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Keith Covert M W Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
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Ben Blankley Secretary
Midwest Regional Council Officers
Matthew Joyce Chair
Chris Streckfus Treasurer
Emily Forest Secretary
Northwest Regional Council Officers
Tony Hickerson Chair
James Raskob Treasurer
Doug Brazeal Secretary
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Celebrating 100 years, convention
to focus ‘an eye toward the future’
At the 59th triennial IFP TE convention later this month, SPEEA delegates vote on resolutions, elect officers for president
and secretary-treasurer and
vote for vice presidents to
serve new three-year terms
on the Executive Council.
SPEEA President Joel
Funfar and SPEEA
Secretary Ryan Rule are
the top vote getters for two
SPEEA-Area vice presidents
from the Northwest. The
IFP TE convention delegates
will formally nominate and
elect them at the convention.
SPEEA delegates will also nominate Donna
Lehane, SPEEA Midwest
Council Rep, who ran
unopposed for another term
for Midwest SPEEA-Area
IFPTE vice president.
The vice presidents serve
three-year terms on the
IFPTE Executive Council,
which oversees IFP TE governance between conventions.
A total of 14 delegates from
the Northwest and three
delegates from the Midwest
take part in the convention,
including attending labor
and leadership workshops.
The convention, in Atlantic
City, N.J., June 25-28,
features guest speakers
such as Frank Gilliam,
the mayor of Atlantic City
and congressional members
representing New Jersey and an executive from
Since IFPTE includes locals from Canada,
invited guest speakers include Hassan Yusseff,
president of the Canadian Labour Congress,
and John Cartwright, the president of the
Toronto/ York Labour Council.
Other speakers include Terry Melvin, president
of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and
Paul Almeida, president of the Department for
Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.
This is the 100th anniversary of IFPTE, which
started with a group of 10 unions representing
engineers and draftsmen at several U.S. shipyards in 1918.
The theme of this year’s conference is “A
Century of Service: An Eye Toward the Future.”
Negotiation teams continue contract
talks for Wichita engineers
WICHITA, Kan. - Negotiation teams for SPEEA-represented engineers and Spirit AeroSystems are in talks
for a new contract for engineers in the Wichita
Engineering Unit ( WEU). The current contract
expires Dec. 1.
At the kick off May 2, negotiators from SPEEA
and Spirit met to discuss the process and agree to
times and dates for initial subcommittee meetings.
Negotiations continued in subcommittee meetings
focused on areas of the contract. Recent discussions
included members’ concerns and issues involving
performance management and benefits.
These in-depth discussions about the current
performance management process resulted in
a deep-dive about Spirit’s performance evaluation methodologies. Both Spirit management
and SPEEA recognized concerns and agreed to
continue these discussions.
The benefits subcommittee also began reviewing existing Spirit plans and goals for the different plans. The discussion was open with both
sides sharing their concerns.
Joint communications are issued on a regular
basis to the bargaining unit.
To prepare for the contract talks, SPEEA WEU
Negotiation Team members conducted an online
survey of the bargaining unit and followed up
with meetings in the workplace with members.
The WEU team includes five SPEEA engineers
and staff, including SPEEA Midwest Director
B.J. Moore. Northwest staff are also also supporting the negotiations with research and analysis.
In preparation for the contract negotiations,
SPEEA members engaged in a recruitment campaign to build membership. Kansas is a right-to-work state where bargaining unit employees
can benefit from the contract without paying
their fair share. Since the campaign push, the
number of members has more than doubled.
SPEEA represents about 980 engineers at Spirit
AeroSystems. In addition to the engineers in the
WEU, SPEEA represents approximately 1,650
technical and professional workers at Spirit in the
Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (W TPU).