Minutes of SCLC Delegate’s Meeting 9/26/2018
The Meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM by President Jason Redrup. The President’s Message was read and the Flag Salute was held.
A motion to accept the minutes from the August 22 meeting was made and the motion carried.
Nikolas Geiselman, IPTE SPEEA 2001 was sworn in as a delegate.
Larry Brown, IAM 751 Legislative & Political Director: Larry introduced himself and explained why he was running for President of the WSLC. Larry wants to fix the fractures that he sees starting to happen in our movement. He said that even though he is for social and racial justice; and environmental and climate change; we need to be focused on jobs, the economy, work force training, transportation infrastructure and the building the Labor Movement. Currently only 10% of the workforce is Union and we are losing our middle class. Larry says we need to concentrate on jobs and making sure we compete with the greatest trained, highly productive, highest quality workers possible and not lowering our standard of living. He supported ST3, which brings work to many union workers. He also said that we need our union members to know that we stand with them in this post Janus time. Larry asked for the support of the Snohomish County Labor Council in his election.
Amanda Gomez, United Way Labor Liaison: Amanda came to share about Homeward House Collaborative and the need for volunteers for the Day of Caring, Friday September 28th, 2018. Projects range from helping build a fence, to painting inside, etc. Homeward House is a place that works to keep mothers and babies together when there is opioid addiction is involved. They want to be up by the end of October.
Sid Logan, PUD Commissioner: Sid stopped in to introduce himself and ask for the council’s endorsement for re-election. He said that he has worked both side of the table with Labor and he had been on the bargaining team for PSE at one time. Sid said he is very supportive of collaborative efforts with unions. He was impressed with IBEW 77 and how new leadership has been able to work together for the benefit of both groups.
Billy Wallace asked about the PSE Sale to a Canadian Company and if Sid would be willing to come back and talk about that a bit more in the near future.
Meghan Dunn, Spokesperson for Proposition 1 & 2a: Spoke about Everett Districts Now Proposition 1 and 2. Seattle, Yakima, and other cities have gone to this model. If passed, they would break the city up into 5 districts and 2 at large positions, in order to have communities represented equally. These Propositions have been endorsed by the Firefighters and Carpenters. Asked for Labor Neighbor help, and announced that there is a fundraiser at Café Zippy’s on October 4th. This will be on the November ballot. Meghan asked for the council’s our endorsement of both of these Propositions.
Question was asked about if there is language defining residency. Meghan said Yes; you have to live somewhere for 1 year to be a qualified resident according to state law.
A short break was taken to allow the guest to leave.
Secretary -Treasurer’s Report
Charlotte Murry, Office Manager, speaking on behalf of Leonard Kelley: Charlotte reported that over 400 people attended the Labor Day March and Block Party. She also reported that the AFL-CIO had agreed to allow us to incorporate Island County into our council as of October 1stand that we will be changing our name down the line and we will also be allowed to go to a bi-annual budget and audit cycle.
Labor Neighbor dates were announced: Sept 29, 10 -2pm, Oct 13th, 10-2pm, Oct 20th, 10-2pm, and Oct 21st, 12-4pm – Focusing on the 44th and 39th Legislative Districts. There is a sign-up sheet in the back.
Trade Up at Cascade High School on October 3rd. Still need a few volunteers to lead the student groups. If interested let Charlotte know.
Doug Scott, LIUNA 292: made a motion to endorse brother, Larry Brown for President of the WSLC. It was seconded, voted and approved by the delegation.
Tyler Verda, AFSCME 1811CA: Made a motion to endorse Proposition 1 and Proposition 2a. It was seconded. It will be voted on next meeting in October.
The Delegation voted on endorsing Sid Logan for PUD Commissioner. (This item was motioned and seconded last meeting.) The 2/3 of the body approved endorsing Sid Logan.
The Delegation voted on endorsing Liz Vogeli for Everett City Council. (This item was motioned and seconded last meeting.)
There was some discussion on the floor:
Jake Morgan, IBEW 77: asked what the delegation thought about Ms. Vogeli? He mentioned she spoke out against something the IBEW was for at a recent meeting. It surprised him because it directly went against some that his union group was for. He did say that she expressed that she was against the action due to lack of transparency on a process that had been in place for some time.
Mike Llewellyn, LIUNA 292: Responded to Jake’s request for information saying she is really solid when it comes to union issues. Her husband works at Boeing and comes from a union household. She wants her district to have representation and she is new to the scene.
Jake Morgan, IBEW 77: Do you think she will be good for Labor?
Mike Llewellyn, LIUNA 292: Yes, I believe she will be there for us when we need her.
Michael Boe, IBT 117: Also stated she is a good candidate and very solidly behind us.
Dan Verde, IBEW 191: Said they had sent her a questionnaire and she is firmly behind the union movement and very much against Right to Work. Strong Union supporter, IBEW 191, plans to endorse her as well.
*Movement was made to vote and the endorsement of Liz Vogeli by the SCLC was approved.
Good of the Order
Rick Cunningham, IUOE 302: reported they were out on strike for 17 days, the end of August through the first part of September. They managed to come away with 3 tentative agreements that will be voted on in the next few days. 18% increase over 3 years approx. Rick wanted to thank everyone for their support during the strike.
John Sainz, ATU 1576: They have been in arbitration with First Transit for over a year without any movement. After some discussion that came back and ratified with a 93 to 3 vote. Community Transit on the other hand is 27.5 months in negation, they maybe off to arbitration after not being able to work through issues with mediation. There is a lot of support from their membership, even the new ones to fight.
Eric Wiseman, AFSCME 1020: They have been in negotiations. There has been a win for safety for employees in the field. They have been fighting for a while now to get satellite phones for these workers because cell phones are inadequate. They fought hard and it was part of their new contract that was ratified. Eric expressed wanting to hear more about what our unions are doing for the safety of their members, because it is just as important as fair wages and equality.
Mike Llewellyn, LIUNA 292: Wanted to remind everyone about the rally at the Freedom Foundation event on Friday night in Bellevue, 430 to 630pm at the Hilton.
Larry Brown, IAM 751: Want to just say, “Thank you,” for your support. And he appreciates it very much.
Jake Morgan, IBEW 77: Wanted to say “Thank you,” for endorsing Sid Logan. He has been instrumental to the relationship between the union and PUD. He has brought safety to the forefront of their jobs. Before Sid, safety was an afterthought.
Jason Redrup, IAM 751A: They have started an organizing blitz on Tech Aerospace, about 200 employees. They have currently horrible healthcare benefits.
Michael Boe, IBT 117: Wanted to Thank Eric Wiseman for all his help with DOC, and secondly we have 17,000 members and they voted down their contract by 98%. They are in arbitration right now and hope to hear something more later this week.
John Sainz, ATU 1576: Local 569 lost a member who was stabbed 15 times this morning on his transit in Edmonton, Alberta. Keep the family in your prayers.
Bill Wallace, jr, LIUNA 292: He asked that we all seriously look closely at Initiative 1631. Billy says that there is a better way to go about this and that this is not the way to go at this time.
The Meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.
Gary Kanter, AFM 76-493 (EXCUSED)
Polagaya McLaughlin, AFSCME 109
Angela Guadamuz, AFSCME 1811CA (EXCUSED)
Terry Van Wyck, AFSCME 1811CA (EXCUSED)
Steve Nelson, AFSCME 1020
Eric Wiseman, AFSCME 1020
Troy Stansel-Garner, AFSCME 1020
Tyler Verda, AFSCME 1811CA
Dan Murphy, AFSCME 1020 (EXCUSED)
John Sainz, ATU 1576
Jason Redrup, IAM 751A
Joel Hetland, IAM 751A (EXCUSED)
Paul Schubert, IAM 751A (EXCUSED)
Denise Strike, IAM 751F (EXCUSED)
Shane Van Pelt, IAM 751F
Tom McConnell, IATSE 15
Mike Black, IBEW 77
Jacob Morgan, IBEW 77
Nichole Reedy, IBEW 77
Christine Reid, IBEW 77 (EXCUSED)
Teresa Johnson, IBEW 89
Karen Tegard, IBEW 89 (EXCUSED)
Damien Fisher, IBEW 191
Dan Verda, IBEW 191
Gary Kemp, IBEW 191
Christian Eaglehead, IBEW 191 (EXCUSED)
Debbie Gath, IBT 38 (EXCUSED)
Leonard Kelley, IBT 38 (EXCUSED)
Wendy Garrett-Drake, IBT 38 (EXCUSED)
Michael Boe, IBT 117
Debi Humann, IBT 763
Bill Albin, IUOE 302
Rick Cunningham, IUOE 302
Chris Glenn, LIUNA 292
Doug Scott, LIUNA 292
Mike Llewellyn, LIUNA 292
Larry Montgomery, LIUNA 292
Billy Wallace, jr, LIUNA 292
Bob James, NALC 791
Nallely Flores, OPEIU 8
Susanne Murphy, SPEEA 2001 (EXCUSED)