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SPEEA Pilot/Instructors approve contract
Members of the SPEEA Pilot/Instructors Un i t ( S PI U ) ov e r w h e l m i n g l y approved a ne w 3-year agreement
with The Boeing Company. Voting in person
and by email ballot, 76% of those who voted
approved the contract.
SPEEA and Boeing both recommended approval. The agreement extends to March 6, 2020.
“We worked cooperatively with Boeing, and the
members overwhelmingly approved the negoti-
ated agreement,” said SPEEA President Ryan
Rule. “The result is a good agreement that har-
monized many of the differences between the
sub-groups in the bargaining unit.”
Negotiations started with an initial session on
Dec. 13 and then continued with Main Table
talks Jan. 23. SPEEA and Boeing characterized
discussions as cordial, data rich and focused on
meeting the interests of pilots and Boeing. An
offer was lifted Feb. 8.
See more at www.speea.org.
Remember to VOTE!
NW members electing
three regional vice presidents
By Joel Funfar
Only a few days remain for members in the Northwest region to cast their votes in the election to seat three members of
the SPEEA Executive Board.
Seven candidates are on the ballots mailed
last month to the homes of members in the
Northwest region. Midwest
Vice President Keith Covert is
the only candidate for the single
Midwest vice president position
so he will be seated in March for
a second term.
If you haven’t voted, I urge you
to take time to find your voting
package, read the candidates’
statements and cast a vote. It’s important for
every member to vote.
SPEEA, like the United States, is based on
democracy. Yet, each person who doesn’t take
time to vote chips a small piece out of that
democracy. The word itself means “
government by the people.” When all the people do not
vote, it becomes “government by the people who
vote.” That’s not democracy, as Thomas Jefferson
said when talking about American democracy.
This also applies to SPEEA democracy.
“We in America do not have
government by majority. We
have government by the
majority who participate.”
- Thomas Jefferson
Voter turnout on a contract is always good. It’s
easy to understand why. Contracts have a direct
impact on the lives of members. They establish
the legally binding agreement that locks in the
wages, benefits and working conditions we live
with for the duration of the contract. The fel-
low members you elect to union offices, whether
it’s your district Council Representative, SPEEA
Every one of the seven candidates vying for one
of the three Northwest regional positions on your
Executive Board has been active in our union for
years, some for decades. Each seeks election to
the SPEEA governing body that decides how
dues are spent, what major efforts are pursued
and how policies are implemented. At times,
Taking the time to cast your vote for the can-
didates of your choice is the best way to ensure
your Executive Board is doing the job you want
done. Your vote is important, and I do hope
every member will vote.
Cheryl Galvins and Michael C. Merrifield were named Technical Principals for 2016. Galvins’ name was misspelled and
Merrifield’s name was omitted in the December
Spotlite article announcing the recipients.