New Midwest office is a hit with members
WICHITA – The new SPEEA Wichita office received high marks from leaders and members who got their first look at the new Midwest union hall during an open house Oct. 20.
“This is a good investment for our members,” said Midwest Chair Mark Gayer. “We are
Located at the corner of East 47th Street South and South Oliver Street, the former Quik Trip
building was remodeled to meet the needs of SPEEA members. The new configuration
includes large and small meeting rooms, staff offices, storage and a break room. The grounds
have ample parking to accommodate large member meetings.
“It’s been work, but it all worked out great,” said Midwest Regional Vice President Keith
SPEEA President Ryan Rule was also pleased. “This is a much better location,” Rule said.
IFPTE President Greg Junemann, along with Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon, commended SPEEA on the new office.
“This is a far cry from that
small little office we started
with at Parklane (Shopping
Center),” said Shearon.
Among the attendees were
many former union leaders,
including former Midwest Council Chairs Debbie Logsdon and Steve Smith. Bill
Hartig and Joe Newberry, former members of the SPEEA Executive Board, also stopped
by for a tour.
“This is fantastic,” Hartig said. “The location
and facilities are great.”
Hoyt Hillman, a key member of the successful organizing of the Wichita Technical and
Professional Unit (WTPU) in 2000 thought
the open house was the right event to break
out his own memorabilia – the same shirt he
wore the night the National Labor Relations
Board (NLRB) votes were counted to organize
“I’ve been saving it for a special occasion,”
Hillman said. “It’s pretty special that SPEEA
now has its own building in Wichita, so I broke
Hoyt Hillman, left, in the same shirt he wore when he was part of
the successful organizing effort for the Wichita Technical and
Professional Unit (WTPU) in 2000, along with IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon and IFPTE President Greg Junemann.
Former Executive Board member Joe Newberry is shown here with
Steve Smith, Debbie Logsdon, former Council officers, along with
Council Reps Rick Nelson and Joe Abbott.
Council Reps Ben Blankley and
Midwest Regional Vice President Keith Covert, Midwest and SPEEA Council
Treasurer Matthew Joyce, former Executive Board member Bill Hartig and
SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis.
Council Reps Ponolar Washington and Pat
Clough. SPEEA President Ryan Rule, left, and
Midwest Council Chair Mark Gayer
were pleased with the crowd at the event.