Jimmie Mathis Treasurer
Joel Funfar Secretary
Brent Mc Farlane N W Regional VP
Shannon (Moriarty) Deacon N W Regional VP
Nikki Wagener N W Regional VP
Keith Covert M W Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
Theryl Johnson Chair
Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Sandra Hastings Secretary
Midwest Regional Council Officers
Mark Gayer Chair
Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Emily Forest Secretary
Northwest Regional Council Officers
Tony Hickerson Chair
Orlando De Los Santos Treasurer
James Raskob Secretary
Bill Dugovich Communications Director
Lori Dupuis Graphic Designer/Web Developer
Karen McLean Publications Editor
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Taking initiative on workplace issues
SPEEA staff meets regularly with their company counterparts. Shown here in Wichita are SPEEA Midwest Director BJ Moore,
left, Earl Carter, Midwest contract administrator, and Jack Black, labor relations senior manager at Spirit AeroSystems
in a recent meeting prior to the office move. The ongoing Wichita meetings help keep the lines of communication open, said
Moore. “We’re trying to be proactive on behalf of the bargaining units,” he added.
Spokane members approve contract
SPOKANE – SPEEA members from Triumph Composite Systems voted 78% to approve a four-year contract on Sept. 28.
The SPEEA Negotiations Team recommended
a “yes” vote on the offer that guaranteed wage
increases, locked in medical plan costs and
included a bonus each year of the four-year
contract. The new contract also included layoff
The new SPEEA-Triumph contract expires Sept.
The SPEEA Negotiations Team conducted
member surveys and informational meetings to
determine issues and priorities. The four members
worked with SPEEA staff to prepare for Main
Table talks with Triumph, which started Sept. 19.
Members voted at an offsite location where the
negotiations team, including staff, answered
members’ questions about the offer.
For more details (both a summary and red-line
comparison of the previous and new contracts),
www.speea.org – see drop-down menu for
Bargaining Units/Current Negotiations.
The SPEEA Negotiations Team members included Council Rep Tim Conley, Alan Adams,
Paul Jones and Paul Zvonar, as well as SPEEA
staff, including Contract Administrator Steve
Spyridis, Director of Strategic Development
Rich Plunkett and Benefits Director Matt
Contract Administrator appointed to
statewide diversity committee
The Washington State Bar Assoc- iation (WSBA)
to serve on its statewide
The 11-member com-
mittee works to sup-
port minority attorneys
in both recruiting and
resources, networking opportunities and men-
torships, for example. The committee is work-
ing to implement objectives identified in the
WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
“I am honored to be a part of this important
work,” said Blackwood. “Justice in the legal
system can only be obtained when all people
have an equal voice in the legal power structure.
This is not only a moral requirement, but also
allows us to include many differing perspectives
so that we have the best legal outcomes for all
of our communities.”