Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2008
The meeting was called to order by Secretary-Treasurer Sells at 6:00 PM followed by the Flag salute. The meeting purpose was read, and minutes from the previous meeting were approved as handed out. The gavel then passed to Vice President Boschok, who chaired the rest of the meeting.
No new delegates were present to be sworn in.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that the Board would be looking at new type of schedule for 2009 that would include action meetings on issues interspersed between regular business meetings. The Board was unable to meet on November 18th due to a lack of a quorum.
He also discussed activities and education that needs to take place around the Employee Free Choice Act that will be before Congress. He encouraged delegates to begin the education process with members.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
IBT 38, Steve Chandler gave an update on current organizing activity at Durham Transportation in Everett. SEIU 925, Toni Bohan reported on organizing in Yakima. IBT 231, Leonard Kelley reported on a close election that was lost at Sumas with a Canadian company.
IBT 38, Steve Chandler reported they were in negotiations with Lynnwood Disposal that has been currently bought out by another company. The last negotiations, it went to mediation.
IAM 751F, Jackie Boschok thanked Suzanne Moreau, PSLA, for here work in helping members in need during the recent IAM strike. She reported that at one point the Boeing Company had brought families from across the country to work in the plant. She also thanked the local unions that gave them support. She noted that they had made improvements in every area of the contract, including job security.
SPEEA/IFPTE 2001, Bob Rommel reported on the tentative agreement with Boeing. He thanked the IAM for paving the way. He felt they had improved outsourcing language. They will receive a 5% per year pay increase along with a bonus payment. The ratification vote is December 1st.
ATU 1576, Chris Brydges reported on upcoming informational picketing, Dec. 2nd through the 4th. They have not had a contract settlement over a year at Community Transit. They have filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge for bad faith bargaining. CT has walked away from the table during attempts to mediate the contract and refuses to negotiate. They have been negotiating a contract with CT since October 2007.
Nominations for 2009-2010 Executive Board positions were opened, and the following nominations were made:
Nominations will be open at the next business meeting.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Susan Embry, Machinists 130 noted that Community Transit has still not settled a contract with the supervisorís local they represent. It has been over a year and a half without a contract.
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA, reported that they were ahead 21% on Operation Shortfall payouts this year, and 73 people had been helped. She stated that union membership had been using it more than ever. She also noted the record use of the VOA food banks this year with 360 people on a holding wait list. She thanked the Teamsters for their help with United Way, and Doug Scott for the ground breaking campaign at the Brightwater site. (Doug noted that Hoffman Construction would match worker donations.) She also thanked Don Shove for his work in getting a Tulalip Resort Casino stay package for the Holiday raffle, and she thanked Kate Dunham at Creative Printing for donating the tickets for the raffle.
Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, noted the strike at Oak Harbor Freight in Skagit County. Strikers are in need of firewood, and he thanked the IAM for its donation of firewood. They have gotten the Gap to cease doing business with Oak Harbor Freight and are working on J.C. Penneys. The company has imported out of state, scab drivers. If you have donations, Leonard can be contacted at 425-263-4854.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells gave an election debriefing on county results.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:14 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz
AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
AFT 772: Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges, Rick Jurkovic
AWPPW 183: No Delegate
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 130: David Volkmann
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok
IATSE 15: Tara Heinecke
IBT 38: Steven Chandler, Rick Olson
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5:
LIUNA 292: Doug Scott
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan
SPEEA: Chris Glenn, Bob Rommel
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Curt Eidem
IBEW 89: Ray Egelhoff
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman
Suzy Embree, IAM 130
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA