Seeking Prof representative
on the Joint Policy Board
If you’re a SPEEA member in the Professional (engineering) Unit in Puget Sound and would like to support the Ed Wells Partnership,
apply for a vacancy on the Joint Policy Board
(JPB). The three-year term begins in April. The
deadline to apply is Friday, March 23.
The Joint Policy Board includes both SPEEA
and Boeing leaders and a member from each
SPEEA bargaining unit. They provide overall
governance and approve funding for Ed Wells
programs and services.
According to Rebekah Hewitt, the representative whose term is ending, being a member of
the Ed Wells Joint Policy Board for the last two
years has been inspiring and enlightening.
“I’ve been a champion for the Ed Wells
joining SPEEA in 2004.
My time as a member
of the Joint Policy
Board allowed me to
continue to advocate
for this important
directly with Boeing
leadership. It has been
a great opportunity
to help maintain the
Partnership’s status as a
valued resource for our
members,” she said.
over the years, particularly in the shift from on-hours to off-hours class offerings. Despite the
challenges associated with these changes, the
Joint Policy Board has remained effective in staying focused on its mission to provide outstanding
technical and professional training and development opportunities,” she said.
Hewitt, a SPEEA Everett Council Rep, added:
“If you are passionate about maintaining a relevant and highly skilled workforce, the Joint
Policy Board is an opportunity to have a voice
and make an impact.”
The Ed Wells Partnership is a negotiated contract benefit focused on technical training and
professional development for SPEEA represented
employees at Boeing.
Joint Policy Board responsibilities
• Represent the skill and career development needs of the Professional Unit
• Attend the quarterly JPB meetings and
other meetings as requested (a charge line
• Attend training or overview sessions provided by Ed Wells to become even more
familiar with the products and services.
• SPEEA Puget Sound member in good
standing in the Professional Unit (engineers)
• Familiarity with the mission, products
and services of the Ed
• Experience promoting
and working together
between SPEEA and
• Available to participate
in meetings as sched-
• Experience with Ed
Wells programs as
a student, instruc-
tor, facilitator and/or
judge at state
BREMERTON, Wash. – Want to make an impact in a few hours? Consider joining the judging team for the Washingon State
Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) March
Since hundreds of students in grades 1-12 take
part, WSSEF has a critical need for judges at the
fair held at Bremerton High School. Training
The younger students are judged based on their
grade. Judges for the high school students can
indicate preferred project categories when they
High school project categories include:
• Materials science
• Robotics/intelligent machines
• Engineering mechanics
Training and complimentary meals/refreshments
are provided for the judges. Lower grades ( 1 -
6) are judged on Friday, March 23, and upper
grades (7-12) are judged on Saturday, March 24.
Learn more and sign up to be a judge
With retention-rating notices distrib- uted by managers this month, some may have questions related to their
SPEEA-Boeing contracts (Article 8. 4 in both
Prof and Tech contracts).
Retention ratings are assigned by management to
determine the order of layoff if needed. Both
the ranking and rating are done within the
same major organization, job family and Skill
Management Code (SMC) and level if in the
To request an appeal
If you want to request a retention-rating appeal,
take a closer look at the steps and documents
needed at www.speea.org (drop-down menu for
Deadline: Complete the appeal request form
and submit it to SPEEA within 30 days of receiving the notice.
• Professional - Indicate how you
meet the qualifications.
• Provide a description of what you
would like to accomplish through
involvement on this Board.
• Email both to firstname.lastname@example.org
by close of business, Friday, March
For questions, contact Maria Nelson (EWP
SPEEA co-director) at maria.b.nelson@
boeing.com or call (425) 965-4316.
Museum of Flight
For those who love airplanes and cameras, consider submitting related photos to the Museum of Flight “Spirit of Flight” photo
contest. The Seattle museum hosts a juried show
in June with photos from all over the world.
Museum staff and volunteers select the photos
for the show.
For details, go to www.museumofflight.org/
entries are due by April 13. SPEEA members’
work appeared in previous “Spirit of Flight”