SPEEA Miodwest Director Bob Brewer (left) and SPEEA Benefits Director Matt Kempf worked extensively with lawyers
on behalf of SPEEA-represented employees in the Wichita class-action lawsuit. Above they are holding a web post of the
related Wichita Eagle article. SPEEA filed the initial lawsuit over the loss of contract benefits to ‘bridge’ to early retirement
due to divestiture in 2005.
Thanks to SPEEA for not giving up
Iwould like to thank Bob Brewer (SPEEA Midwest director), the rest of the staff and the union for your efforts with the (early retirement) bridge benefits lawsuit. I know it has been a long and hard-fought effort.
With all honesty, I do wish my part of the settlement was bigger but I didn’t even know that I
was entitled to these benefits until the union started the lawsuit. So my payout is much larger
than what the company was willing to give me.
I appreciate all of the efforts the staff does on my behalf on what we have in our contract. This
token will pay off a lot of our bills, and there will even be a little left for a nice vacation we have
planned. Again thank you and the union.
Member since 1998
A federal judge recently approved a class-action
settlement related to SPEEA contracts when the
Wichita commercial division was sold in 2005.
SPEEA filed the initial lawsuit on behalf of represented employees who were denied their contract
benefit of ‘bridging’ to early retirement benefits if they were 49 to 55 at the time of the divestiture.
Wichita bridge benefits
Judge Belot approves
Local 2001, AFL-CIO, CLC
OF PROFESSIONAL AND
USA Today honors NASA
past and future of
By Bill Dugovich
Watch your email for delivery of a
honoring the U.S.
Published by USA Today, this ‘Special Edition
NASA’ commemorates the men and women
who have played a part in our nation’s space
program. The digital version is available to members thanks to SPEEA placing a display advertisement in the publication to remind readers that
the members of IFPTE Local 2001 played and
continue to have a significant role in our country’s space program and the aerospace industry.
Launched in conjunction with ‘World Space
Week,’ Oct. 4 to 10, the full-color publication
includes a historical look at NASA accomplishments and upcoming programs. SPEEA and
other IFPTE members have played significant
parts in many of the programs. Among them
are the Lunar Rover which was developed in
Kent and key parts of the International Space
Station which marks its fifteenth year of service
and manned occupation on Nov. 2.
Careers in aerospace are examined in the editorial content, along with a list of top colleges
and universities that offer aerospace, astronomy
and STEM (science, technology, engineering and
In addition to the print version being available on
newsstands nationwide, the digital version of the
publication will be distributed to more than 1 million space enthusiasts and students. Representing
SPEEA in our advertisement are President Ryan
Rule and member Alex Sonnabend, who served
as the SPEEA representative on the IFPTE atomic
Area Reps vital to SPEEA network ..................... 4-5
Spirit salary data reflects raises ............................... 5
Through family history, member connects
with farm workers’ struggle ...................................... 6
Helping SPEEA-represented employees
with layoff notices........................................................ 7
Members ‘race for freedom’ in Wichita.................. 7