Help from SPEEA Cares inspires member to donate
By Karen McLean
SPEEA publications editor
EVERET T – John Canfield, a SPEEA member and tooling engineer, believes in supporting good causes. He never expected to be on the receiving end.
He found out about SPEEA Cares, a fund for
members with financial emergencies, because he
was having trouble paying bills following a short-term leave of absence.
“When I heard about SPEEA Cares, I sent in two
of my bills to get some help. When I heard they
were going to take care of those bills for us, that
made mine and my family’s day. Even though we
are still way behind, knowing you guys were there
to help as much as you could meant the world to
my wife and me.”
Now that he’s back at work at a new job (and his
health is significantly improved), he’s switching
his deduction for Employee Contribution Fund
(ECF) to designate SPEEA Cares.
“When I found out about the union fund helping brothers and sisters, I thought what better
way to keep it going,” said Canfield, who is also
an Area Rep.
Canfield comes from a family of union members.
His father still works at Boeing and belongs to the
Machinists’ union (going on 36 years), his mother
was a Machinist for 20 years at Boeing before going
into management and his uncle, also a Machinist,
retired after about 38 years in the union.
When Canfield had trouble at work, Council Rep
Amanda Correll provided assistance, including
meeting with him and his second-level manager.
“She helped me through everything,” he said.
He likes being a SPEEA member because he
knows help is avail-
able when needed.
through hard times
sometimes,” he said,
adding, “I will help
you guys (SPEEA
Cares) out any way
SPEEA Cares fund
assistance for mem-
bers and their fami-
lies. For approved
requests, the fund
can help with bills
related to housing
or utilities (one time
only for a maximum of
$500). In some cases,
SPEEA Cares also pro-
vides a gas or grocery
SPEEA staff forward eligible requests to the Puget
Sound Labor Agency (PSLA). This tax-exempt
501c( 3) non-profit organization arranges for
direct payment of the bill to the appropriate
creditor or utility. With no administrative fees,
100% of donated funds go to eligible individuals.
The fund is supported solely through members’
To donate: You can designate SPEEA Cares in
your contribution to the Employee Community
Fund (ECF), or send a check to SPEEA Cares
Fund, care of PSLA, at 2800 First Ave., Rm. 126,
Seattle, WA 98121.
Make a request: Send an e-mail with your
contact information, a brief explanation of your
emergency and the bill(s) you need help paying
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The fund does not cover
credit card bills.
The fund started during the SPEEA 40-day
strike of 2000, thanks to the generosity of
SPEEA members from all of our bargaining
units, as well as other labor unions contributing
to a strike-relief fund for members’ emergencies.
The money left over after the strike provided the
foundation for the SPEEA Cares fund.
John Canfield, Area Rep, is shown here with Everett Council Rep Amanda Correll,
who helped him with workplace issues. After receiving help from SPEEA Cares due to
a short-term disability, he now donates to the fund that helps members facing financial
emergencies in any bargaining unit.
new Technical Principals
The following SPEEA members in the Tech Bargaining Unit at Boeing were recently named Technical Principals for 2015.
They were selected as experts in their fields after
completing a rigorous application process.
The Technical Principal Program is available in
the Northwest Region (SPEEA/Boeing Technical
Unit Contract Letter of Understanding (LOU)
19). This is part of Boeing’s effort to recognize
technical experts for their contributions, achievements, and potential to meet future technol-ogy, process, and service needs.
The TP program is separate from the enterprise-wide Technical Fellowship program for Associate
Technical Fellows, Technical Fellows and Senior
Technical Fellows. (Also noted in LOU 19 in the
• Ronald Burke, Technical Designer
• April Cole, Systems Engineering Tech
• David Eckley, Tool Designer
• Gregory Hooker, Manufacturing Planner
• John Lockleer, Manufacturing Planner
• Jennifer MacKay, Manufacturing Planner
• Jeffrey Schwindt, Tool Designer
• Tracy Whisonant, EE Technical Designer
• Michael Evens, Materials, Process and
Physics Technical Analyst
Join SPEEA for holiday cheer! See Midwest
events on page 12.
Photos with Santa - The NW Membership
Activities Committee (MAC) is involved in
hosting Santa for free photos. Members, their
families and their pets are invited to drop by
the SPEEA halls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (pets
welcome from noon to 2 p.m. only). You can
bring your own camera, but SPEEA will have
someone on hand to take photos that will be
emailed to you.
Saturday, Dec. 5 - SPEEA Everett
Saturday, Dec. 12 - SPEEA Tukwila
Food bank donations accepted at both halls –
refreshments provided, too!