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Spirit salary charts coming soon
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at The Boeing Company. See www.speea.org – the drop-down menu for ‘Member Tools.’
Changes coming to health-risk
By Jason Collette
SPEEA Contract Administrator
and Benefits Coordinator
In years past, when employees and spouses chose to participate in the biometric screen- ing and health-risk assessment, the employee
and/or the spouse would receive a $50 gift card
as an incentive.
Boeing encourages participation as a means for
individuals to become more aware of their health-risk factors. Addressing health-risk factors early is
a way to potentially lower the health-care costs of
the company. In addition to raising awareness of
potential illnesses and impacting members’ quality of life, the lowered health-care costs directly
affect the company’s bottom line because the
majority of medical plans are self-funded.
Instead of a gift card, as identified in Article
16.2(b)( 5) of the SPEEA Professional and
Technical contracts, employees and spouses
covered by a Boeing medical plan must take a
health-risk assessment this fall in order to avoid
an additional premium contribution.
Dependent children are exempt from this
requirement. The contract also references health
screenings, but Boeing opted to waive this
requirement. Members can still receive screen-
ings from the on-site nurses, but no penalty
applies for noncompliance.
The health-risk assessment can be accessed
through TotalAccess from Sept. 11 to Nov. 28.
SPEEA-represented individuals, including the
SPEEA Pilot / Instructors Unit, and covered
spouses who choose not to submit the health
assessment will be assessed a monthly penalty
of $20 each.
As called out in the collective bargaining agreements, the health-assessment data shall be collected by a third party, and such data shall remain
subject to the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy laws at all
times. Additionally, individual employee assessment
results shall not be disclosed to Boeing employees.
Trade Act Assistance available
for laid-off Boeing workers
Workers laid off by The Boeing Company in Washington state through August 9, 2019,areeligible
to apply for training, income support, and other
benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment
Assistance program (TAA or "Trade Act").
The eligibility dates were recently extended additional two years as a result of a petition to the
U.S. Department of Labor by the International
Association of Machinists (IAM), District 751
in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001.
Laid-off workers will receive a letter detailing the
steps to apply for assistance.
Since Washington state extended the aerospace
tax preferences (tax breaks) in November
2013 to Boeing and the aerospace industry
with the agreed intent to “maintain and grow
Washington’s aerospace workforce,” more than
3,500 SPEEA-represented employees have been
laid off by the company. The most recent figures
from July show Boeing has shed 15,828 jobs
from its Washington state workforce since the
tax breaks were extended.
Additional information to help members
facing layoff is available on the SPEEA website
at www.speea.org, under Member Tools:
• Trade Act benefits overview
• Layoff information
• Job Search tools