Knowledge sharing prepares
new Council Rep for role
EVERETT – Newly seated Everett Council Rep Nikolas Geiselman knows he’s one of the lucky ones. That’s because he learned
a lot from his former Council Rep, Gail Evert,
who recently retired.
Evert liked to call the process more a collaboration than a mentorship. The two would talk,
text, instant message or meet as much as once a
week for six months prior to her departure. She
didn’t consider herself a coach calling the plays
so much as someone who was planting seeds.
Geiselman didn’t start at Boeing with a passion
to become a Council Rep. He came with a lot
of pent-up frustration how his former aerospace
employer treated workers – without a union.
“They would take anything they wanted – every year
during open enrollment,” he said about the benefits
that would get cut more and more each year.
Having heightened interested in his new SPEEA
contract, he took part in labor training as a SPEEA
representative and learned more about just cause
in case of discipline and/or termination.
“At my old company, they could just show up at
your desk and you’re gone,” he said, because they
were employed “at will” – as in the company had
the right to do whatever it wanted.
Working with Evert to help answer member
questions, Geiselman, an Area Rep at the time,
kept exploring more and more about SPEEA.
“This guy is so inspirational,” Evert said. “Every
time I go to an event (related to SPEEA), he’s
there – chomping at the bit
to see where SPEEA can
make a difference. People
see him (as SPEEA) in the
workplace. It’s refreshing to
find someone so motivated
Geiselman points out how
Evert went out of her way to
answer questions and share
related experience. “She’s
been sharing 20 years of
information,” he said.
Evert recalls why she stepped
up so many years ago
because Council Reps Roger
Pullman and Sharon Moats
(who has since retired)
recruited her. Now she pays it forward. “Any time
I see someone who is interested, I reach out and
say ‘have you thought about,’” she said, adding
the ‘fill in the blank’ at the end of her statement.
Soon after becoming a member, Geiselman
started as an Area Rep and joined the Action
and Communication Taskforce (ACT). In that
committee, he signed up as ACT site focal to
help with communication in his area on behalf
of SPEEA. He also signed on as Evert’s designated alternate who attended Council meetings
in her absence.
She initially invited him to the Northwest
Council Guest Night. Soon after getting more
involved, he started debriefing with her after each
monthly meeting, whether he attended or not.
Council meetings can generate lengthy debates
over motions but that didn’t deter Geiselman.
“I like how everyone is given the opportunity
to express their opinion.”
Evert’s frequent check-ins with Geiselman paved
the way for his interest in becoming a Council
Rep, but he wasn’t sure he could represent someone in a meeting where discipline could take
place. Attending labor conferences and talking
to other Council Reps addressed those concerns.
He learned how much support he has on his side
to help navigate contractual rights and just cause.
Just days before retiring, Evert felt good about
the transition. “Nikolas is a breath of fresh air.”
SPEEA-Spirit salary charts online at www.speea.org
SPEEA-Spirit salary at www.speea.org WICHITA - Salary charts reflecting 2016 raises for the SPEEA-represented employees in the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU)
and Wichita Technical and Professional Unit
(WTPU) at Spirit AeroSystems are now online
SPEEA posts related charts online as a tool for
SPEEA members to see how their careers are
progressing and to help them in their conversations with their managers.
• WEU – The WEU straight average increase
for 2016 was 3.0%. The Spirit WEU
average salary increased from $97,255 to
$100,177, for an average increase of $2,922
for the 861 eligible employees.
• WTPU – The WTPU straight aver-
age raise for 2016 was 2.6%. The Spirit
WTPU average salary increased from
$77,457 to $79,472, for an average increase
of $2,015 for the 1,584 eligible employees.
All employees eligible for the salary exercise are
grouped by job family. No charts are printed for
employee groups having fewer than 10 employees. This is done to give a measure of confidentiality on individual salaries.
For groups with 10 or more employees, four
charts are prepared. For groups with 20 or more
employees, two additional charts (a total of six)
Other details about the charts include:
• Compa-Ratio – The compa-ratio is
defined as salary divided by the salary
reference table (SRT) middle value for the
job family and level.
• Upgrades/OOS - The SPEEA salary charts
online include the number and average
amount of upgrades and out-of-sequence
(OOS) increases on charts E and F.
• Access – Access is for SPEEA members
only. You will need your employee identification number to access the charts.
Go to www.speea.org and click on the drop-down menu for Member Tools/Salary Charts.
Charts are also available for the Prof and Tech
bargaining units at The Boeing Company.
Retired Council Rep Gail Evert is shown here at the SPEEA Everett hall with Nikolas
Geiselman. At the time, he was her Area Rep. Geiselman was recently seated as a
Council Rep after winning an election. All new Council Reps receive extensive training,
but Geiselman took the initiative to learn about SPEEA from Evert before she left.