John Williams signs a
union authorization card.
Boeing Seal Beach professionals
launch campaign to join SPEEA
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By Bill Dugovich
SPEEA Communications Director
SEAL BEACH, Calif. – The CREATE-SPEEA effort continues to gain support and momentum as signed union authorization cards are steadily
Collecting signed union authorization cards is the next
step by employees at Seal Beach in their efforts to gain
a stronger voice at work by becoming a new bargaining unit of SPEEA. The employees, which named their
group CREATE, for California Region Engineers and
Technical Employees – launched the authorization card
effort in April.
“We all want Boeing to be successful in the long term,”
said Seal Beach employee John Williams. “We’re the
people who make up Boeing and forming our union will
ensure the successful collaboration and healthy future
for the company and us.”
Workers at the meetings talked about bad morale, a
chaotic work environment and the company’s ongoing
cost-shifting of medical benefits that have pushed more
than $5,000 onto some employees in recent years.
Employees also heard preliminary results from a recent
CREATE survey that indicates more than 50% of respondents say morale at Seal Beach is bad or awful. The survey
showed requirements to work four hours for free before
earning pay for working more than the standard work
week is another major factor that has employees seeking
a union to gain a strong, united voice at work.
Leaders from SPEEA and IFP TE attended the meetings
to show the wide support for CREATE and offered support and encouragement for the campaign.
“The most important thing I can let you know is SPEEA
is 100% behind your work to gain a union,” said SPEEA
President Joel Funfar. “Our Northwest Council passed
a motion unanimously to support this effort and our
Executive Board is unanimous in our total support.”
With the launch of the campaign, Boeing is actively distributing literature and hanging large banners around
the workplace saying the company is 100% against the
union. Management is also holding dozens of anti-union
meetings in the workplace to discourage support.