Local 2001, AFL-CIO, CLC
OF PROFESSIONAL AND
By Ryan Rule, SPEEA President
Recognizing our bond with
Machinists and other unions
With the majority of our members shar- ing Boeing as our employer, SPEEA and Machinists District Lodge 751
members have always shared the bond of being
co-workers, as well as union brothers and sisters.
Working jointly this past year to bring accountability to Washington State’s Aerospace Tax
Preferences resulted in almost daily communications between our staffs and leaders. That work
has ebbed somewhat with the legislature out of
session, but with our two bills and the need still
alive, the joint work continues.
The renewed certification of Trade Adjustment
Assistance (TAA) for laid off Boeing workers is
another example of SPEEA and the Machinists
working together on an important issue to
help our members and other Boeing employees
who were victims of layoff. District Lodge 751
President Jon Holden has my personal thanks
for taking the lead to prepare and file for this
important benefit. This help from the IAM is
even more significant when we take into account
that more SPEEA members than Machinists
were laid off during the past year.
To recognize and formalize our two unions’ com-
mitment to work together, the SPEEA Executive
Board and Machinists District Lodge 751 recent-
ly approved a joint statement of support. While
it is sometimes easy to forge agreements and
then let them fade into the background, this
statement is different – our unions are already
cooperating, collaborating and working together.
The statement is actually our commitment to
Of course the Machinists are not the only union
at Boeing SPEEA regularly works with. As a
member of the Coalition of Labor Unions at
Boeing (CLUB), we work issues and cooperate
whenever possible with all the unions at Boeing.
CLUB unions recently sent a letter inviting new
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to meet, and
we are hopeful that this may take place in the
SPEEA also works with many other unions
individually and as members of labor councils
in Washington, Kansas, Oregon and California.
Members working at Spirit AeroSystems and
Triumph Composite Systems extend our expertise
beyond Boeing into the supplier network. It is also
a regular practice for members and staff to visit
labor councils and offices while on union travel.
Recognizing our common issues and work
with fellow union members is appropriate with
Labor Day, Sept. 7, almost here. First proposed
in 1882, the idea to establish a federal holiday
recognizing the contribution of workers finally
became a reality in 1894. Frequently, Labor Day
is seen primarily as the end of summer; however,
it is much more than that as it honors our work
as engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists, fire fighters, truck drivers, security guards
and every American worker. It’s our day to enjoy!
Area Reps help with outreach
Manizheh Sedghinasab, a technical ana- lyst, does not shy away from a prob- lem. She wanted to know more about
SPEEA, so she asked a lot of questions.
Now she’s a Council Rep who wants to get more
Area Reps to help her share information from
and to SPEEA – particularly with negotiations
on the horizon.
“I wanted to learn,” she said about her decision to
fill a Council Rep vacancy. “The best way for me
to learn was to help people. With contract negotiations coming up, I wanted to be a part of it.”
She also reached out right away to recruit more
Area Reps for the Tech district E- 8 in Everett.
Laura Bair is one of the
people who responded
to the request for more
members to sign up as
“I chose to sign up to
become an Area Rep to
learn more about SPEEA,”
Bair said, “so I can then
turn around and share
that knowledge with my
Bair has another good reason to get
involved in SPEEA – she wants to help
with communication regarding nego-
tiations. “That’s the biggest reason –
because I hope to make a difference
next time,” said Bair, who works in 787
Sedghinasab is thrilled to have the help
with member outreach and communication. Already, she said people are coming to
her with questions related to SPEEA.
“To meet more than 200 people (average district size) on a one-by-one basis is not easy,” said
Sedghinasab, who works in Knowledge Based
Engineering. “But if something comes up to the
Area Rep, they can refer them to me.”
Area Reps such as Bair will go a long way toward
helping with that goal.
Interested in working with your district’s Council
Rep to share information and help answer questions? Talk to your Council Rep, who can provide visibility tools and training to help.
Joint statement of support
SPEEA – IAM Lodge 751
Recognizing the inherent bond among the
manufacturing and engineering workforce at
The Boeing Company, IAM District Lodge
751 and SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, agree
to cooperate, collaborate and work together
when possible on issues that impact our represented employees.
Approved Aug. 6, 2015
Manizheh Sedghinasab, center, is shown here at a
Northwest Council meeting next to Council Rep Jim Lee.
SPEEA Treasurer Bob Wilkerson is seated behind her.
Trade Act a lifeline, but sign of deeper problems ........................ 4
State legislators deserve more credit ......................................... 5
A closer look at SPEEA’s newly elected Council officers............ 6-7
Good times with SPEEA ............................................................. 7
IFPTE convention: ' We’ll win if we stick together’....................... 8
Labor training offers ‘eye-opening’ perspective .......................... 9
Next steps on ‘bridge’ benefits lawsuit ....................................... 9
Pilot offers navigation tips for ATF application ......................... 10
‘Breakthrough Leadership training........................................... 11