More respond to survey, priorities shift
More than 25% of the Prof and Tech bar- gaining units responded to SPEEA’s ini- tial online survey on negotiation issues.
Of more than 5,700 who took the survey, about
60% were from the Prof unit compared to the
Techs, which nearly mirrors the ratio of Profs to
Techs represented by the SPEEA/Boeing contracts.
Top issues were similar to the top three areas of
concern in 2011 (during a similar initial contract
negotiations survey). However, the priorities
shifted from health care (number one issue in
2011) to retirement (number one issue in 2015).
Top issues - 2015
• Retirement (VIP, pension and early retiree
• Health care (medical/dental/vision insurance and long/short-term disability)
• Salary (fund size, minimums, overtime)
• Job security (contractors, layoff benefits,
Health care came in second and salaries came
in third in this year’s survey initiated by the
Negotiation Prep Committee. Job security (
contractors, layoff benefits, outsourcing) came in
next followed by the other options including
career advancement and paid time off.
Most of the survey participants noted their years
of experience at Boeing. Responses were nearly
evenly split between those with 15 years experience or less (48%) to those with more than 15
years experience (52%).
More than 2,300 responded to the question:
“What ideas do you have to help build membership solidarity and prepare for a positive outcome
for 2016 negotiations?” More than 1,600 provided additional comments regarding the 2016
Of those who responded to the question: “Is
Boeing's decision to move work out of Washington
impacting your work?,” almost half said yes.
Prof and Tech members are encouraged to apply
for their bargaining unit negotiation team.
Application available - The SPEEA Negotiation
Team Nominating Committee will make team
applications available at www.speea.org on Nov. 6.
Candidate orientation – Applicants must attend
one of these sessions (two already occurred last
month) to gain a better understanding of the
roles/responsibilities and time commitment for
serving on the negotiations teams.
• SPEEA Everett - Monday, Nov. 23 - 4:30 p.m.
RSVP to reserve your seat: justinl@speea.
org. (Dinner provided)
• SPEEA Tukwila – Monday, Nov. 30 - 5 p.m.
RSVP to reserve your seat: sheilam@speea.
org. (Dinner provided)
Deadline to apply - Interested members will
have until Dec. 6 to submit their completed
Teams elected - Each Bargaining Unit Council
will vote at a meeting in February to select the
members who will represent their bargaining
unit at the negotiation table.
Contracts expire – The SPEEA-Boeing Prof and
Tech contracts expire Oct. 6, 2016.
The Negotiation Team Nominating Committee
will conduct interviews with the candidates and
make recommendations to the Professional and
Technical Bargaining Unit Councils in February.
Each Council will then vote to select the members who will represent their bargaining unit at
the negotiation table.
Additional training beyond the candidate orientation sessions will be provided before formal
negotiations with Boeing begin mid-2016.
While the Professional and Technical units each
negotiate separate contracts, the teams work
together throughout the process. They work closely with SPEEA staff, including contract administrators, legal counsel and communications.
Get ready for BUNS kick
off to support teams
The Bargaining Unit Negotiations Support
(BUNS) committee launches Wednesday, Dec. 2,
to help build engagement among members for
All members of the Prof and Tech bargaining
units are welcome to join BUNS.
BUNS Kick Off - Wednesday, Dec. 2 - 4:30 p.m.
SPEEA Everett – RSVP: email@example.com
SPEEA Tukwila – RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Helping to raise awareness among their
colleagues about negotiations
• Supporting the negotiation teams by
spreading the word about lunchtime meet-
ings and other activities
• Sharing feedback they hear from members
to the negotiation teams and staff focals
Join fellow members to help shape the next
Negotiation Prep Committee plans next steps
Members in Tukwila and Everett are shown above and below discussing survey results and next steps for the Negotiation
Preparation Committee, including upcoming surveys on targeted issues. This committee is charged with reviewing
negotiation history, survey results and contract issues. They also focus on raising awareness among members about the
negotiation process through lunchtime meetings hosted by Council Reps, for example.