Area Rep Gordon Wong (left) became an Area Rep after he signed a petition for Byron Henderson (above) to
become a Council Rep for his district in Everett. Henderson recruited Wong, a facilities engineer, to become
an Area Rep to help with member outreach in District E-50.
Former intern’s involvement in SPEEA
‘a lot easier than I thought’
EVERETT - Gordon Wong, a facilities engineer, went from being an intern with no exposure to unions to an Area Rep
who is now an advocate for SPEEA.
“I was surprised. It’s a lot easier than I thought
it was going to be,” he said about the Area Rep
Wong worked as an intern for Boeing facilities in 2015. When he graduated in 2016 with
a degree in mechanical engineering from the
University of Washington, he took a job with
the same group.
He didn’t know much about unions or SPEEA
until he heard from co-workers. “Engineers
working at other places said the conditions
there (outside of Boeing) were a lot harder.”
The mandatory overtime without pay was one
of their issues outside of Boeing. The SPEEA
contract covers overtime pay.
Council Rep Byron Henderson recruited
Wong to be an Area Rep and help with SPEEA
communication for a small group of co-workers
in his area.
“One of the parts I really like is being in the loop
on news,” Wong said. For example, last month he
received an email notice about SPEEA posting salary charts online, and he helped spread the news.
When Wong first heard about SPEEA, he wasn’t
sure. “I didn’t get the full picture. I didn’t under-
stand at the time all of things that SPEEA does
Now he has a better idea about the benefits. “I
have a standard work week - 40 hours a week
and eight hours a day. And I am not required to
do holiday weekend overtime. That’s the biggest
benefit to me.”
• Meet people - “You have a lot of opportunity
to network and learn about the company.
Take advantage of the time (as an intern) and
ask to meet people to talk about their work.”
• Talk to SPEEA - “Figure out who is your
Area Rep and Council Rep. There’s a lot
that SPEEA does, and you can learn from
them. You don’t have to get involved but
at least be aware and maybe help the next
As a SPEEA member, you have:
• A contract that guarantees wages, benefits
and regular salary increases
• Opportunities to be involved in work-
• Political influence at the state and
national level on issues affecting your job
• Representation and assistance if needed
for workplace issues (ex. disciplinary
meeting or retention rating appeal)
• Help with benefit questions
Good time to join a
If you have been looking for a way to learn more about SPEEA, consider joining a com- mittee that matches your interests.
SPEEA committees re-organize at the first
meeting following the June 1 SPEEA Council
meeting. When committees re-organize, membership is automatic. Also at this meeting, members elect officers.
Members are welcome to attend committee
meetings throughout the year but would then
need to attend two consecutive committee
meetings to gain voting rights.
Many of the committees meet monthly but
some meet every other month or quarterly.
Check the online calendar at
for the committees’ meeting dates/times.
SPEEA Committees (Northwest and Midwest)
• Diversity - Chartered to foster diversity
within SPEEA and provide an avenue for
addressing the problems and issues associated with a lack of understanding diversity that may lead to discrimination and
• Governing Documents - Develops
changes it deems necessary, based on its
own review of the SPEEA Governing
Documents and/or request of the SPEEA
Council or other governing body.
• Leadership Development & Training -
Responsible for generating pathways for
SPEEA leadership development and training, and creating a well-informed, motivated, respected, and highly-skilled group
of member activists to fill leadership positions throughout our organization
• Legislative & Public Affairs - Analyzes
pending federal legislation, and politicians
and political candidates’ positions as they
relate to SPEEA goals and objectives.
• Organizational Planning - Develops,
plans and investigates mergers, associations and organizational campaign with
other aerospace employees and unions.
• Veterans - Provides an avenue for addressing the problems and issues associated
with SPEEA's military employees, veterans and their families.
See more at
menu: Councils/Council Committees/SPEEA
The committees meet at SPEEA Everett,
Tukwila and Wichita (via televideo and/or
phone). Dinner is often provided. Remember
to RSVP and include where you plan to attend.