Members and guests of the Northwest Action and Communication Taskforce (ACT) are shown here in Everett. ACT members help facilitate communication between Council Reps, Area
Reps and members. ACT site focals are needed to help connect SPEEA outreach in buildings and locations.
About the role of ACT site focal
The role of a site focal is to facilitate communications with members, while supporting the site’s Council Reps for all districts
at the site.
Any Northwest SPEEA member can serve as
site focal, including those who are not currently involved in the Northwest Action and
Communication Taskforce (ACT).
A site focal receives coaching and mentoring
Responsibilities may include:
• maintaining email, phone and physical
location rosters of other SPEEA activists
• engaging site CRs and ARs on a regular
• planning and promoting member events
such as lunchtime meetings
• helping recruit and develop local activists
• promoting SPEEA visibility items
To find out more and step up to help,
email ACT Chair Richard Mochow,
email@example.com, or Bill
Razeto, SPEEA staff, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renton Council Rep Dan Sergent (center) is shown here at a Northwest Action and
Communication Taskforce (ACT) meeting in Tukwila (connected via televideo to Everett).
Sergent helps inform Renton Council Reps and Area Reps of SPEEA news and events.
Action and Communication Taskforce (ACT)
Site focal rallies other CRs to listen and engage
RENTON - When the R e n t o n
site focal for the
Renton Council Rep
Dan Sergent stepped
Sergent, a Project
for the 737 Max in
regularity administration, already
had a handle on the
work of ACT. He’s a
former Area Rep and
member of the previous two Bargaining Unit Negotiations Support
(BUNS) committees which he describes as ACT
on steroids. He also served on ACT for several
The purpose of ACT and the site focals is
primarily around communication, which he
believes Renton Council and Area Reps already
do well. “I saw the role as trying to rally other
CRs in the area,” he said. “To that end, I’ve been
trying to foster those relationships with other
CRs and ARs at the Renton site.”
For example, he works with Renton Council Rep
Joseph Pham to host quarterly Renton Council
Rep/Area Rep meetings. That included a meeting in December with Ray Goforth, SPEEA
executive director, as the featured speaker.
Sergent approaches the quarterly meetings in a
similar way he approaches the Council Rep role -
to listen and engage members about their union.
“What takes about 90% of the Council Rep’s
time is talking to people, listening and answering
questions,” he said.
Prior to starting at Boeing 20 years ago, Sergent
served in the U.S. Navy. He has aeronautical and
mechanical engineering degrees. This is his first
union, but he remembers his father’s experience
Growing up, his dad worked in upper management at Texaco in southern Oregon. When
workers went on strike at an oil refinery, his
dad, an engineer, would be assigned to work
the refinery. He would always bring food for
the striking workers when he crossed the picket
line. “He knew the strike was borne by guys who
couldn’t afford it,” Sergent said. The money his
dad earned in overtime offset the steak and lobster he would bring to workers on the picket line.
When Sergent found out he would be in a
SPEEA bargaining unit, he didn’t hesitate to
sign up. “At new hire orientation, the SPEEA
rep stated we are a union, here are the dues, and
we will represent you regardless. I was not going
to profit on the backs of others,” Sergent said.
“If I get the benefit of union membership, I am
going to belong.”