Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of May 27, 2009
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman. The Flag salute and reading of the meeting purpose followed. A moment of silence was observed in recognition of the passing of Dan O’Connor, LIUNA 292 and Jerry Newman, IBEW 77, both former SCLC delegates and union officers. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as handed out.
It was M/S/C to seat the delegate present. Anna Bloomquist, Wash Tech was sworn in.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that the Executive Board met on May 14th. COPE processes and questionnaires were finalized. He reminded delegates that anyone asking for an endorsement interview must have a letter of request from two affiliates. As of this date, we have the following members of the COPE Screening Committee: Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191; Jackie Boschok, IAM 751F; Janine Dibble, IBT 38; Toni Bohan, SEIU 925; Jason Redrup, IAM 751A; David McKenzie and Robin Ramsey, IBU; Leonard Kelley, IBT 231.
The creation of a new labor PAC called DIME PAC was noted in a letter from the State Labor Council
Delegates were encouraged to attend the May 30th Mothers March for Healthcare in Seattle. There are bus connections for those in the Everett area wishing to go.
The Board recommended sending Secretary-Treasurer Sells and Trustee Leonard Kelley as delegates to the Washington State Labor Council Convention. It was M/S/C to concur.
A short report of the recent disappointing legislative session was given by the Secretary-Treasurer and State Representative. Along with the dismal budget, a lot of progressive legislation died. In particular, he cited the concerns with recent legislation redefining basic education without providing any funding to carry out what the legislation called for.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing Reports—Dan Christofferson, LIUNA 292, reported on the signing of a new agreement with Granite Construction, and the resulting growth of 85 new members.
Contract Negotiations—No updates
Other Local Activity—Bob Rommel, SPEEA, reported on their March for Hunger food drive held in the month of March. They were able to garner 12,000 lbs of food, double what their goal was.
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
Eric Wiseman, AFSCME 1020, reported on a recent injured workers death in the Skagit County area. Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 reported on the good turnout for the Workers Memorial on April 28th. She thanked Guy Johnson and the Carpenters for cleaning the statue. Eric Greve, SEIU 1199NW organizer introduced himself. Don Shove, IAM 751 reported on the upcoming Hogs for Hunger, June 11th to June 26th, Route 66 ride led by Ron McGaha. They will be taking donations for food along the way.
Puget Sound Labor Agency—Suzanne Moreau reported that the Letter Carriers Food Drive garnered 374,206 lbs of food, which was 4,000 lbs over last year. She thanked Chris Kelly, NALC 791, for her co-ordination of this years collection, and Chris’ mother Ruby Roberts for her help. She also thanked the Teamsters and Hoglunds for providing the trucks to haul the food to the Volunteers of America. Requests for assistance have doubled recently. The PSLA has also given out its First Amendment Scholarship to a Cascade High School graduate. She gave out information from the Unemployment Rights Alliance that locals can use to help members.
Guests—Mike Cooper, Snohomish County Council noted that he had stopped by to simply say ”Hello.” He discussed Firefighter concerns with some upcoming annexation issues in South County, and spoke to a fire sprinkler ordinance.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Terry VanWyck
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty
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
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751E: Ron Bradley
IATSE 15: John Lammon
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Robert Ellsworth
IBT 38: Rick Olson
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IBU/ ILWU: David McKenzie
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5:
LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson, Doug Scott
NALC 791: Bob James
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan, Donna Chrisman
SPEEA: Chris Glenn, Bob Rommel
UBC 562: Guy Johnson, Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Anna Bloomquist, Rennie Sawade
AFT 772: Kim Mead
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok, Garth Luark
Mike Cooper, Snohomish County Councilman
Eric Greve, SEIU 1199NW
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA