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STEM grant success for Science Olympiad
Congratulations to the Northshore Middle School Science Olympiad team for making it to the national competition. The
Northwest Council grant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) received credit on the team’s website as
one of its sponsors. The team ranked 22 out of 60 at the national competition held in May after winning at the regional and
state levels. The NW Council approved this year’s grants Sept. 14. See more at www.speea.org (drop-down menu: SPEEA
Councils/Approved Council Motions).
Right to representation
‘Fact Finding Pilot’ doesn’t
circumvent union rights
Boeing Commercial Airplane (BCA) Group has adopted a new BCA Fact Finding Pilot project that is meant to replace the
more traditional process for many corrective
Management states the standard processes
remain for investigations of a more serious nature
including time theft, internet usage, EEO, etc.
Instead of the standard investigation using a
face-to-face meeting with the Human Resources
Generalist (HRG), manager and employee, the
new Fact Finding process relies heavily on email
and is conducted virtually by a dedicated HRG
group outside the employee’s organization. The
company’s goal is reduce the time needed and
the cost of investigations. Instead of 300 HRGs
capable of investigations, the new virtual group
will rely on 18 investigators.
SPEEA reminds members that their Weingarten
Rights apply to all investigations. Whether face-to-face, by telephone or email, if you are asked
questions of an investigatory nature immediately
request a SPEEA Council Representative be present before answering any questions.
A good response for any request is:
“I am respectfully invoking my Weingarten
Rights and request to have my Council
Representative present prior to answering any
of your questions. Please let me know how you
want to proceed.”
If management refuses an employee’s request for
a union representative or punishes the employee
making such a request, it is a clear violation of
the law and will result in action by SPEEA. At
this point, the employee has no obligation to
answer further questions.
Representation during investigations is a benefit of being a union-represented employee.
Non-union employees have no such right and
are left to go it alone.
In addition, as a SPEEA-represented employee, the company must meet the standards of
“Just Cause” to issue discipline.
1. Was the employee aware of the rule and
the consequences of violating that rule?
2. Was the employer’s rule or order reasonably
related to efficient and safe operations?
3. Did management investigate before administering discipline?
4. Was the investigation fair and objective?
5. Did the investigation produce substantial
evidence of proof of guilt?
6. Were the rules, orders, and penalties
applied evenhandedly and without discrimination?
7. Was the penalty reasonably related to the seriousness of the offense and the past record?
The company’s new Fact Finding Pilot is another
example of The Boeing Company putting profits
before people. It is also a good example of the
value of SPEEA, your union contract and your
right to seek and receive help if management
starts an investigatory interview.