Labor training offers
Want to better understand the broader struggle for workplace rights and liv- ing wages? Want to see how SPEEA
compares to other unions? Want to find where
you fit in to your union?
Make time for a one-day training, Labor Notes,
Saturday, Sept. 12 in Seattle. SPEEA will cover
the cost of your registration.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Evan Wipf,
a Bellevue Council Rep,
prior to attending a
Labor Notes training in
Chicago. “But it was a
great way to get a much
broader perspective of
the labor movement.
Seeing the kinds of fights
other people go through
– it opens your eyes to
what’s going on.”
Council Rep Carrie
Rule also attended past
Labor Notes training and
strongly recommends it
for others, regardless of their union involvement.
“It’s good for anybody to attend, even if you’re not
very involved,” she said. “Something like this might
change your outlook.”
The timing is especially relevant for Profs and
Techs as they gear up for contract negotiations.
“They have tactics you can use,” said Wipf, “with
a focus on one-on-one conversations you can have
with people that get them to see how they fit into
the big picture, as in ‘we’re all in this together.’”
Rule is glad she had the opportunity to attend, at
first as a newer member, and later as an elected
leader. “It’s a very positive atmosphere. There is
a lot of camaraderie and energy,” she said. “It’s
just truly an amazing experience.”
The Labor Notes training in Seattle is a condensed version of the national conference.
SPEEA is planning to cover the $20 registration
for a number of members to attend.
Workshop topics include:
• Skills of a Successful Organizer
• Contract Campaigns that Win
• Beating Apathy
• Beyond Grievances: Action on the Job
• Strong Labor-Community Alliances
The Puget Sound Labor Notes training supporting
organizations include: SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001,
Washington State Labor Council, Washington State
Labor Education and Research Center, Washington
Young Emerging Labor Leaders, the International
Association of Machinists (IAM) District Lodge
751 and many other union locals.
For more than 35 years, Labor Notes has worked
to empower union members through workshops,
conferences and a national magazine, “Labor
Notes,” covering workplace issues from the
New leader of
Nicole Grant is the new secretary-treasur- er for the Martin Luther King County Central Labor Council (MLKCLC).
She is the first woman to lead the county’s largest labor organization, which has more than
150 affiliated unions (including SPEEA, IFPTE
Local 2001). She fills the interim vacancy left by
Dave Freiboth who went to work at the Port
Grant served as executive director of the Certified
Electrical Workers of Washington since 2009.
She led their political programs in support of
pro-working family legislation. She also served
as vice president of the Washington State Labor
Council (WSLC), noted an article in WSLC’s
The Stand website.
In 2011, she was honored with the WSLC Elsie
Schrader award for outstanding advocacy.
Grant joined her first labor union while still
in high school in Seattle. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington
in politics, economy and law, she successfully
completed the apprenticeship program with the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) Local 46. She worked for several years
on commercial, industrial and residential electrical installations.
Next steps on
WICHITA – A Fairness Hearing was held in federal court Aug. 19 in Wichita for the early retiree/pension
‘bridge benefit’ proposed settlement.
The next step is for the judge to issue an order
accepting or denying the settlement on the lawsuit, initially filed by SPEEA.
The proposed settlement affects about 1,800
people represented by SPEEA and two other
unions when Boeing sold its Wichita commercial
facility in 2005. All of those eligible received a
letter explaining the settlement.
SPEEA filed the initial lawsuit because employees were denied the contract benefit of ‘
bridging’ to early retirement benefits offered in their
SPEEA contract. This applies to those who were
age 49 to 55 at the time of the divestiture.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include
a short note stating why you want to
Labor Notes Training
Saturday, Sept. 12
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Washington Labor Education and
6737 Corson Ave. S., Seattle
Learn more about the training at
SPEEA will cover registration for a
limited number – email apply@speea.
org with a short note stating why you
want to attend.
Carrie Rule, seated above, is shown here at a Labor Notes training in 2014. She’s next to SPEEA members Roy Garcia
and Daniel Peters.