Minutes of the Meeting of the Snohomish County Labor Council

March 28, 2007

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman. Ed Triezenberg, UBC 562 was appointed to serve in the Vice Presidentís Chair. The Flag salute and reading of the meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as typed and handed out.


AFSCME 948: Rhonda NicholsILWU 32: Jon HoekendorfSheet Medal Workers 66: Eric Martinson, Mark RiderTeamsters 174: Troy Armes, Troy ForselWash Tech/CWA: Curt Eidem

M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. Curt Eidem, CWA/WashTech was sworn in.


Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that the Board had met before the regular meeting and discussed a We Do Not Patronize request from IATSE 15 against the Everett Events Center. Delegates were given a copy of a resolution supporting the request, and asked to take it back to their locals to indicate what they were willing to do to support it. He was concerned with the embedding of a non-union company with Global Spectrum, the management of the Events Center.

Bill Wickline, IATSE 15 outlined the issues and concerns that his local has had with the Everett Events Center. A copy of the resolution is below:

Resolution to the Snohomish Labor Council

Regarding the Everett Events Center

Whereas, The Everett Events Center Management (Everett Public Facilities District, Global Spectrum) have refused to inform, or even discuss, the reasons why the I.A.T.S.E. National Agreement was found to be wrong for the Everett Events Center operation; and

Whereas, Local 15 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the Snohomish County Labor Council leadership have tried on several occasions to get answers as to why the Union Agreement is not acceptable; and

Whereas, the Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum has let a non-Union stagehand labor company set up an office in the Everett Events Center; and

Whereas, the non-Union stage labor company (Rhino Staging) receives an unfair advantage over the Union stagehands.

Therefore, be it Resolved, that the Snohomish County Labor Council place the Everett Events Center on itís ëDo Not Patronizeí list, and send a letter to all Local Unions, stating that the Everett Events Center is not worthy of Organized Laborís support.

The Secretary-Treasurer outlined the COPE process, noting that interviews for candidates would be held on May 3rd.


Community Services Chris Glenn, SPEEA, noted there was no meeting, and therefore no report.

Organizing Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, noted that he had moved locals and the committee had been on hiatus for awhile.


Organizing Leonard Kelley, IBT 231 reported gaining an agreement with Yellow Frieght for an expedited election. They won the election on 2 to 1 vote. Part of the agreement was a no captive audience meetings agreement.

Other Local Activity Phedra Quincy, WFSE 948 discussed the attempted outsourcing at Employment Security in the Everett area. President Chapman added that the company being discussed, Arbor, had done employment security work in the Vancouver area. It would mean a substantial cut in salaries and benefits for employees. Ed Triezenberg, UBC 562 noted that the WDC had tried it a couple years ago, also. Randy Kurtz, WFSE 1020 discussed the excellent job being done by State Employees with getting welfare recipients to work despite taking numerous cuts in the department. He noted that a for profit handling of unemployment meant less dollars for helping people.

Ed Triezenberg, UBC 562, invited delegates to an April 22nd rally at the Tacoma Dome to kick off their preparations for negotiations. It starts at 12 PM. Bill Wickline, IATSE 15, thanked the Carpenters for using union set up staff.


M/S to endorse Mike Cooper for Snohomish County Council, Position 3. The motion was open for discussion, and goes to the next meeting for action.


Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, reported on the Opolooza fundraising event at the SPEEA office. She noted that Labor offices had increased their giving by 92% to United Way. The Letter Carriers Food Drive is coming up in May. Snohomish County traditionally is the top for its size in food collections.

David Simpson thanked the Council for its support of his past campaigns and announced he would be running for Everett City Council, Position 7. He wants to run because of quality of life issues. He has served on the Everett City Council, and in the Washington State Legislature in 2004, as well as the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. He is a member of SPEEA. He also announced his kick off.

Ron Ledford introduced himself to the delegates and will be a candidate for Snohomish County Clerk. He has been the Deputy Clerk for 7 years, and a Court Manager for 27 years. He gave his family background and his support for organized labor.

Jackie Minchew will be running for Everett City Council. He has a kick off event on April 15th. He is currently looking at the open seat, no. 7, and will be seeking a Labor endorsement. He is the chair of the 44th District Democrats and a delegate to the Labor Council from the Everett Education Association.

Bob Dantini, Snohomish County Treasurer, stated that he will be running for Snohomish County Clerk. He has been the Treasurer for 12 years and has had a strong working relationship with labor being endorsed for that office every time her ran for it. He has been in public service for 25 years, and he stated that he felt he was leaving the Treasurerís office one of the most modern in the state.

Mike Cooper, Candidate for County Council #3, gave his background in Labor and as a State Legislator supporting labor issues. He was active in the IAFF and President of his local for 25 years.

Jerry Lindsey, Candidate for Snohomish County Treasurer has worked as a manager in for 5 years in Snohomish County, followed by 3 years in the County Auditorís office. He also worked as an Auditor for the State. He wants to continue the tradition of positive changes. He is currently an AFSCME member.

Curt Eidem, Snohomish County Democrats, invited labor to help with the Democratic booth at the Evergreen State Fair this year. He noted that Chris Glenn has run the Labor Day forum in the past. They need someone from Labor to handle Labor Day. He can be contacted at curt124@juno.com

Jim Smith, LIUNA 292 promoted the KSER Labor Radio Journal that plays the fourth Monday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

The meeting was adjourned at 7:21 PM

Respectfully submitted,


Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer







AFSCME 1811:


AFSCME 1811CA: Gloria Parker






AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz,Ý Robin Windhausen

AFSCME 1020: Phedra Quincey

AFSCME 1355:

AFSCME 2753:

AFSCME 2964:

AFT 772: Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells

AFT 1873:

AFT 4254:

APWU 484:

ATU 883:

ATU 1576: Christine Brydges

AWPPW 644:

GCIU 767M:

IAFF 46:

IAFF 1984:

IAFF 2694:

IAM 130:

IAM 751A:

IAM 751C:

IAM 751E: Guerdon Ellis

IAM 751F:Ý

IATSE 15: John Lammon, Bill Wickline

IBEW 46:

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong, Darrell Chapman

IBT 38:Ý Mike Campbell

IBT 174:

IBT 231: Leonard Kelley

IBT 763:

IBU/ ILWU: David McKenzie

IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot

ILWU 32:

IUOE 302:


IW 86:

LIUNA 292:Ý Jim Smith

NALC 791: Bob James,


OPEIU 277:

Pac NW Newspaper Guild:


SEIU 925: Donna Chrisman

SEIU 1199NW:

SMIU 66:

SPEEA: Chris Glenn, Bob Rommel, David Simpson

UA 26:

UBC 562: Fred Buhl, John Noble, , Ed Triezenberg, Bob Zappone

UFCW 44:


UFCW 21:


Wash Tech / CWA: Curt Eidem


Excused Delegates

AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, David Ott

AFT 772: Kim Mead

IAM 751A: Don Shove

IAM 751C: Hank Getchman

IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok, Judy Neumann

IBT 38: Rick Olson

UFCW 21: Nancy Holland-Young



Mike Cooper, Candidate for Snohomish County Council, Pos. 3

Bob Dantini, Candidate for Snohomish County Clerk

Mark Hintz, Chair of the Snohomish County Democrats

Ron Ledford, Candidate for Snohomish County Clerk

Jerry Lindsey, Candidate for Snohomish County Treasurer