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Tue, Jan 29, 2013

SPEEA, Boeing Agree To Pension Survivor Benefits For Same-Sex Married Members

Alters Contract Language Which Had Denied Such Benefits In the Past

The Boeing Company and SPEEA have tentatively agreed on contract language that grants same-sex couples the same pension survivor benefits that have been available to heterosexual married couples. The agreement comes after SPEEA Benefits Director Matt Kempf recognized, and made an issue of, a loophole in contract language that allowed Boeing to deny pension survivor benefits to same-sex couples. The contract is still under negotiation.

“I started looking at this several years ago when a dying, gay member came in to ask about passing on his earned pension benefit to his partner of 30 years,” Kempf said. “We couldn’t help them and it just seemed so very wrong.”

When Washington state voters approved marriage equality in November, SPEEA negotiators again brought up the issue of same-sex survivor pension benefits during contract talks with Boeing. Hearing the company was still denying same-sex couples this earned benefit, SPEEA Diversity Committee member Ken Aphibal started a petition on the progressive website Change.org. The petition flooded Boeing CEO Jim McNerney with more than 79,000 emails and drew support from other unions, community groups and members of the Washington state Congressional leaders.

“I’ve always advocated for these benefits and this win feels really good,” said Aphibal, who is engaged to marry his partner Bennett. “I have years before retiring, but for anyone close, this will change their life. They will be able to look at their loved one and know they will be taken care of. Boeing is now a leader for granting these benefits to gay and lesbian couples. All the hard work on this issue by my union shows how important organized labor is today and another reason why I work for Boeing. ”

With Boeing agreeing to grant same-sex pension survivor benefits to SPEEA- represented engineers and technical workers, Aphibal said he is hopeful the company will now extend the same benefit to its other 150,000 employees.

FMI: www.speea.org, www.boeing.com

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