Voluntary contributions adding up
By Chelsea Orvella
SPEEA Legislative Director
A growing number of SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001 members are
choosing to do more than
cast their vote to elect worker
advocates to public office.
Many at Boeing are volunteering to donate through paycheck withdrawal to IFPTE’s
Legislative Education Action
Program (LEAP) Political
Action Committee (PAC).
Soon SPEEA members at
Spirit AeroSystems will have
the same opportunity.
Since SPEEA worked with Boeing to set up payroll deduction earlier this year, the number of
SPEEA members giving to the IFPTE LEAP-PAC
has tripled. The annual value of SPEEA member
contributions has grown eightfold since 2014.
To get a sense of SPEEA's impact on the national
LEAP-PAC, new contributions from SPEEA
members have already increased the LEAP-PAC’s
annual receipts by at least 18%.
At lunchtime meetings, members are hearing
more about the program and stepping up to contribute by completing a short payroll deduction
form. More information and deduction forms are
also online at
www.speea.org - see drop-down
menu for Member Tools/IFPTE LEAP-PAC.
Members often ask how the money is allocated.
Contributions from the IFPTE LEAP-PAC are
given to political candidates who are strong on
issues directly impacting IFPTE members. The
PAC gives to Democrats, Republicans and
Independents who show leadership on issues
regarding job security, tax incentive account-
ability, and workplace rights and benefits, among
others. The LEAP-PAC does not give to presi-
dential candidates or political parties.
The IFPTE Executive Council oversees all
LEAP-PAC contributions, with valuable input
from IFPTE Locals and IFPTE Legislative
Director Matt Biggs. The Executive Council
includes 13 regional and area vice presidents,
including three SPEEA-area vice presidents.
They are SPEEA President Ryan Rule, SPEEA
Secretary Joel Funfar and Midwest Council Rep
Donna Lehane, who is also an IFPTE Central
States Committee officer.
All PAC contributions are reported to the
Federal Elections Commission and publicly
available for review.
Washington State Rep. June Robinson (D-38th) –
Rep. Robinson leads the bipartisan effort to add
stronger job requirements to the
Washington state aerospace tax
incentives. Her call for greater
accountability sheds light on
the 8,895 Boeing jobs cut from
Washington since November
2013, when the state legislature
approved extending $8.7 bil-
lion in aerospace tax incentives
in exchange for jobs. With her
leadership, hundreds of SPEEA
members have shared their sto-
ries of job loss with state legisla-
tors and the community.
U.S. Representative Frank
LoBiondo (R-NJ) – Rep.
LoBiondo is a leading
Republican lawmaker in
LoBiondo earlier this year to talk about Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization,
which he helped negotiate in Congress.
IFPTE represents more than 80,000 workers
in professional, technical, administrative and
associated occupations in the United States
and Canada from the public and private sectors. Members are employed by, among others:
several federal agencies; state and city governments in New Jersey, Rhode Island, California
and Connecticut; non-profit research organizations; public and private energy producers and
manufacturing companies. For more information, visit
Council Reps discuss workplace issues with HRGs
EVERETT – About 50 Everett Council Reps and Boeing Human Resources Generalists (HRG) took part in an Ed
Wells Partnership CR/HRG forum to build connections and discuss workplace issues.
At the forum Oct. 20, Council Rep Dan
Nowlin (E-32) and HRG Aria Perbohner led
a discussion on the roles and responsibilities of
CRs and HRGs, which share similarities such as
problem solver and employee advocate.
Contract Administrator Carrie Blackwood
and Boeing Employee Relations representa-tive Debi Sternberg discussed how they work
together to address contract issues that cannot
be resolved by the employee with their manager
and Council Rep.
At a similar forum in Renton Oct. 4, Council
Reps met with HRGs to discuss areas of overlap,
how to resolve issues and strengthen partner-
ships. Helping to facilitate at this forum were
Council Rep Orlando De Los Santos (R-50) and
Contract Administrator Frank Guglielmo.
Through the Ed Wells Partnership, SPEEA has a
number of site specific Partnership forums, includ-
ing the Everett Roundtable, SPEEA Facilities
Engineering and Technical Partnership, Renton
Partnership Forum, SPEEA/Auburn Leadership
Team, and Seattle Corridor Partnership.
In this archive photo (April 2016), Dany Richard, Executive Vice-President, Association of Canadian
Financial Officers, joined Donna Lehane, Wichita Council Rep, Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA legislative
director, Carol Brock, Portland, Ore., Council Rep, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ- 2), Republican, Chair
of the Subcommittee on Aviation (of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) and SPEEA
President Ryan Rule in a meeting during the IFPTE Legislative Conference.
Council Reps and Human Resources Generalists are shown above in Everett Oct. 20.