Unilateral change to job code triggers grievance
The Boeing Company recently announced a change to a SPEEA-represented job family for technical design without giving
SPEEA the opportunity to collect and provide
affected members’ input.
In response, SPEEA filed a grievance Oct. 15
citing a violation of the SPEEA/Boeing contract (Article 22) which provides SPEEA the right to see
proposed changes and raise
questions or concerns prior
to a vote by the Salaried Job
Classification (SJC) team.
SPEEA is a voting member
of the team per the contract.
The changes, which
would impact more than
850 represented employees, splits the existing
6G5E-636 Skills Management Code (SMC)
– Mechanical and Structural Design – into
four new and separate SMCs:
• Technical Design – Interiors
• Technical Design – Liaison
• Technical Design – Systems
• Technical Design – Structures
Council Reps and staff orga-
nized several meetings in
multiple worksites as well as
at SPEEA. At these meetings,
staff focals are giving a sum-
mary of the process, the con-
tract history related to SMCs,
and discussing members’
concerns/questions. Look for
more details on the technical
design meeting schedule at
SPEEA representatives meet with the Boeing
SJC team on a monthly basis to discuss potential
changes. Other SMCs under discussion include:
• New SMC: 6HXX-XXX* - Tool and
• New SMC: 6HXX-XXX* - Tool and
Equipment Technical Support
• New SMC: 6B1F-XXX* - Electronic and
Electrical Technical Design – Electro-Physics
*Job family code and SMC to be determined
These changes are still under consideration and
have not been unilaterally implemented like the
technical design SMC 6G5E-636. For more
details, including the potential impact, go to
www.speea.org (see the link on the home page
with a related article).
Watch your SMC
Changes to job family or Skills
Management Code (SMC) could
happen to any job classification
in the SPEEA Prof and Tech unit.
SPEEA is providing information
about other potential changes.
See www.speea.org for details.
What matters about the TPP trade deal
By Stan Sorscher
SPEEA labor representative
Twelve countries recently finished negotia- tions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a huge trade deal built on the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
model. TPP will set the rules for globalization
for the next generation or two.
SPEEA members are 100% in favor of trade. We
make products the rest of the world wants to buy.
Our jobs depend on trade. We take pride when
producers in the U.S. export apples, software,
and airplanes, for example.
A good trade policy sets rules that raise living
standards, build stronger communities and help
our manufacturing base grow.
From an engineering problem-solving perspective, we would think about the trading system
as a whole, balancing interests between investors, workers and the environment and tracking
outcomes to make sure we are getting the results
we were promised.
To the contrary, in 20 years since NAFTA started,
we have seen glowing promises broken, 60,000
manufacturing facilities closed in the U.S., and
millions of manufacturing jobs moved from
here to countries with low labor costs and weak
protections for workers and the environment.
The simplest test of trade policy is our balance of
trade. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits increased
from less than $100 billion to more than $500
billion per year – about $9 trillion in total.
When we run chronic deficits, we lose jobs.
When China, Japan, Germany, Korea, Mexico
and other trading partners run large surpluses,
they gain jobs.
Our $500 billion annual deficit represents products we consumed but did not produce. If U.S.
producers received orders tomorrow amounting
to an additional $500 billion, those producers
would immediately hire 5 million workers.
In the meantime, Congress will vote on TPP
most likely in February or shortly after.
This past summer, Congress narrowly passed
“Fast Track,” also known as Trade Promotion
Authority (TPA). This procedural legislation is
designed to slip TPP through Congress with the
least oversight and least access to public debate.
Candidates for president are also speaking
out on TPP. Donald Trump called TPP a
terrible deal. Mike Huckabee said TPP is a
punch in the gut for workers. Among the
other Republic candidates, Jeb Bush and
Marco Rubio are in favor, and most of the rest
opposed or are skeptical. Bernie Sanders says
TPP is disastrous. All the other Democratic
candidates are opposed.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said we
would all support a trade deal that did as much
for workers as it does for global companies.
Instead, TPP gives too much to corporations
and too little to workers and communities.
Her advice is to vote down TPP, include more
voices from labor and the environment and come
up with a better balance between corporate inter-
ests and worker interests.
SPEEA also advocates against the failed NAFTA
model in Congress and locally in coalitions with
labor and community groups. SPEEA members
can ask their Council Representatives to invite
SPEEA staff to the workplace for lunchtime
meetings where we can talk about TPP and what
a better trade policy could look like.
Members are also encouraged to join the
SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs (L&PA)
Committee. They meet the third Monday of the
month at all three SPEEA offices. See the online
calendars at www.speea.org for details or email