SPEEA is on
Speaker: ‘We’ll win if we stick together’
By Bill Dugovich
SPEEA Communications Director
At the IFPTE convention, SPEEA del- egates heard a message that hit close to home – tax incentive accountability.
That came from nationally recognized labor
leader – Lee Saunders, president of the
American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and IFPTE
He singled out the tax breaks provided to The
Boeing Company by Washington and other
states as an example of government-sanctioned
transfer of power and wealth from working families to corporations and the wealthy.
“Boeing is breaking every
promise they made,”
Saunders said. “They are
pitting state against state
and working families
against working families.
We are fighting back, and
we will win if we stick
SPEEA delegates joined
more than 150 delegates
from across the U.S. and
Canada for the convention July 27 to 30 in
Las Vegas. The theme
of the triennial conference, “Every Member is a
Leader,” provided a foundation for the delegates to help set the agenda
and focus of IFPTE until the next convention
in three years.
IFPTE President Greg Junemann called on delegates to reinvigorate themselves and stand up
for members and fellow workers.
“Silence is compliance,” Junemann said. “We
must step forward and set an example for members. It’s our duty to lead.”
The IFPTE delegates voted to approve resolutions supporting union organizing, the Ex-Im
bank, Paycheck Fairness and Black Lives Matter
as well as other motions. They also voted to elect
officers, including SPEEA-Area vice presidents.
In addition, they took part in training provided
by leaders from the international office and local
unions, including SPEEA.
SPEEA members attending include: Joel
Funfar (also SPEEA
NW regional VP),
Donna Lehane (Wichita
Council Rep) and Ryan
Rule (SPEEA president)
who were elected to serve
as SPEEA-Area vice
presidents on the IFPTE
Executive Council and
delegates: Roger Aisaka,
Mike Arrington, Sandy
Khan, Judy Mogan,
Dan Nowlin, Daniel
Peters, Carrie Rule,
Nikki Wagener and
Bob Wilkerson. Jimmie
Mathis, (SPEEA secretary, former SPEEA-Area VP and member of the IFPTE Finance
Committee) also attended. Staff were Bill
Dugovich, Ray Goforth, Chelsea Orvella,
April Rebollo and Stan Sorscher (who was a
Highlights of the convention
• Election of officers. IFPTE regional vice
presidents were officially elected to serve
their three-year terms of office, including
SPEEA-Area Vice Presidents Joel Funfar
(also SPEEA NW regional VP), Donna
Lehane (Wichita Council Rep) and
Ryan Rule (SPEEA president). President
Greg Junemann was re-elected as well as
Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon.
• Passage of the Atomic Energy Resolution.
SPEEA member Alex Sonnabend
participated in a subcommittee that addressed
concerns and drafted the resolution.
•Formation of the Young Members
Committee to recruit young members into
leadership and build organizations that are
more welcoming to newcomers.
•Formation of the IFPTE Veterans
Committee to promote the interests of
veterans who are IFPTE members as well
as active-duty personnel who may one day
be in an IFPTE local in Canada or the U.S.
• Workshop on organizing led by SPEEA and
IFPTE staff as well as other IFPTE local
staff. Through case studies based on IFPTE
campaigns, the workshop emphasized the
value of one-on-one communication.
Joel Funfar, Chelsea Orvella and Sandy
Hastings are shown here at the IFPTE convention.
Shown here are SPEEA delegates and officers who participated in the IFPTE triennial convention July 27-30 in Las Vegas. Front row: Nikki Wagener, Judy Mogan, Dan Nowlin,
Sandy Hastings, Carrie Rule, Ryan Rule, and Mohammed Khan. Back row: Jimmie Mathis, Daniel Peters, Roger Aisaka, Mike Arrington, Dave Baine, Joel Funfar, Bob
Wilkerson, Donna Lehane and Stan Sorscher.