Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of February 27, 2008
The meeting was called to order a 6:00 PM by President Chapman, followed by the flag salute and the reading of the meeting purpose. It was M (Kurtz, WFSE948) S (Glenn, SPEEA) and C to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Leonard Kelley, Teamsters 231 was appointed to fill the Secretary-Treasurer Chair as Secretary –Treasurer Mike Sells was serving in the Washington Legislature, and Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 was appointed to fill the Vice-Presidents Chair as the Vice-President Jackie Boschok, IAM 751F was on an organizing drive.
The new delegates were not present, and no seating action was taken.
EXECUTIVE BOARD/COPE SCREENING COMMITTEE REPORT
Administrative Assistant Allyn Triezenberg gave a brief recap of recent Executive Board meetings and the discussion concerning upcoming COPE Interviews.
There was no unfinished business.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing Reports—Matt Carroll, IBEW 191, reported on the ongoing organizing effort with Comcast. They have a long history of anti-union tactics. They are the largest cable provider in the nation with 90,000 workers. To illustrate how they operate - Local 21 in Chicago worked for 2 years to get an agreement and now the union workers make less than the non-union. This will be a nationwide ongoing effort and Matt will keep the labor council updated.
Leonard Kelley, Teamsters 231, reported on the ongoing campaign with FedEx. There are tax violations that are being investigated by the IRS for a variety of problems, one reason being that they call their employees ³independent contractors². He asked the body to carry the message back to their locals not to use FedEx but union DHL or UPS.
Leonard Kelley also reported on the Organizing/Education Committee. The committee is looking at 2 possible sites to set up the Labor Education Project – one Merrell Creek and the other the Arlington Airport business park. He recapped last yearıs effort in Monroe and said that the committee will be setting up a revisit sometime mid year. Then next year the same would be done with whatever site was picked for this yearıs effort.
Contract Negotiations— . ATU 1576, Chris Brydges reported that the contract was now in mediation. She also introduced their new Vice-President Rick Jurkovic who was in attendance.
Robin Ramsey, IBU, reported that their contract negotiations were beginning with the Washington State Ferry system. The first meeting ended after an hour and a half with IBU walking out. If nothing can be settled, the next step would be binding arbitration. He will keep the body updated.
Bob Rommel, SPEEA, they are in the early stages on their contract negotiations with the Boeing Company in Washington which covers 20,000 people. The contract in Wichita was reopened – it covers 4,000 people.
Curt Eidem, CWA/WASHTECH, reported on AT&T wireless negotiations on the national front.
Randy Kurtz, AFSCME 948, letters have gone out opening bargaining with the state. They are hoping to have the contract ratified before the next legislative session.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA, updated the body on the Letter Carriers Food Drive to be held May 10th of this year. Volunteers are needed to help unload the trucks. She thanked the unions who had donated dollars and would have their logos on the bags. Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191, asked if IBEW 191 had been contacted about contributing. Suzanne said she would look into it. Bob Rommel, SPEEA, said that he had worked out the donation and for the number of bags printed and given out it worked out to be 3/10ths of 1 cent. Suzanne also asked the delegates to donate money in a pass the hatı to the 1st Amendment Scholarship being co-sponsored by the PSLA.
Chris Sorenson, PASS, reported on the Washington Aviation Association event held at Paine Field. It was very successful event and PASS used it to introduce the aviation community to their union.
Sally Hintz, Field Representative for Senator Maria Cantwell, presented an American Flag that had flown above the capital to IBEW 191. The flag had been a raffle gift won by SPEEA at the Holiday Open House PSLA raffle. Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191 received it on behalf of his local.
Scott Olson, Candidate for 39th District House, addressed the body about his candidacy.
Bob Rommel, SPEEA, introduced Sally Hastings, SPEEA Vice President who is intending to become a delegate.
Jim Smith, Laborers 292, reminded the body to listen to Radio Labor Journal and contact him through the SCLC office if they have broadcast ideas.
Chris Glenn, SPEEA, reported that the Community Services committee would be ³selling parking² at the two lots of the Labor Temple and asked for volunteers. As of now they donıt know dates and times but will contact volunteers with that information when they get it.-
Ed Triezenberg, UBC 562, reported that the Carpenters had been successful working with L&I to get back wages in the amount of $400,000 for carpenters working for Artistic Drywall. These carpenters had been underpaid on prevailing wage jobs.
Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191, announced that for those who did not know it already, Diane McDaniel, longtime WSLC Political Director, was leaving the WSLC.
M (Kurtz, WFSE948) S (Glenn, SPEEA) to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 PM
Leonard Kelley, Trustee
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: Gloria Parker
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz
AFSCME 1355: No Delegate
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 130: David Volkman
IAM 751E: Ron Bradley
IAM 751F: Grace Holland
IATSE 15: John Lammon
IBEW 89: Matt Carroll
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IBU/ ILWU: Robin Ramsey
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Jim Smith, Rodolfo Zavala
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
PASS: Christian Sorensen
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:
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, Rennie Sawade
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins
AFT 772: Kim Mead, Mike Sells
IAM 751A: Don Shove
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman
IBT 38: Tami Brady, Mike Campbell, Steve Chandler, Janine Dibble, Samantha Kantak, Barry Lund, Rick Olson
IBU/ ILWU:David McKenzie
LIUNA 292: Doug Scott
SEIU 925: Donna Chrisman
Sally Hintz, Senator Cantwell
Sally Hastings, SPEEA
Rick Jurkovic, ATU 1576
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA
Scott Olson, Candidate 39th District House