Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of the Meeting of October 25, 2006


            The meeting was called to order at 6 PM by President Chapman. The flag salute and reading of meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved with the following corrections: Patty Goins was not representing AFSCME 113, but was representing AFSCME 1811CA. Tim Gerraghty, AFSCME 1811JPD noted that his statement supporting Lorrie Towers was not on behalf of the local, but as an individual. His local has taken no position.




  • IFPTE 17: Geofrey Crofoot
  • SEIU 925: Donna Chrisman
  • Teamsters 174: Troy Armes, Troy Forsel
  • WFSE 948: Michele Stelovich


            M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. Geofrey Crofoot, Donna Chrisman and Michele Stelovick were present and sworn in.




            From the Free Stehekin, an underground newspaper in the Cascade High School area, spoke on the reasons they were publishing underground. The school district has been exercising greater censorship over school newspapers recently. They will be doing an issue on the Everett Massacre, and having an event at the Everett Public Library on November 6th to commemorate the event that happened 90 years ago. The newspaper is also selling ad space. He thanked SPEEA for help with the printing of posters for the November 6th event.




            Secretary-Treasurer Sells noted that due to illness and union meetings there was a lack of a quorum for the October Executive Board meeting. He noted the focus this month had been election activity, and referred delegates to a Housing Consortium flyer showing what it costs to buy a house in this county.




            The following motions from the previous meeting were brought forward for action and passed:


            M/S/C to endorse Kathy Vaughn for PUD Commissioner.


            M/S/C to have a dual endorsement of Tam Bui and Lorrie Towers for Everett District Court Judge.


            Bob James, NALC 791, has been released to work on the Labor/Neighbor program for the rest of the campaign, and made presentation asking for volunteers for this Saturday, October 28th, in the 44th District.




            Community Services—no report


            Organizing Committee—No report from the committee. Patti Goins, AFSCME 1811CA related that a relative had applied for a job at Wal Mart. During the process she was shown anti-union videos, and told she couldn’t talk to union representatives.




            Organizing Reports—SPEEA/IFPTE 2001, Mark Moshay, reported on the reaction of the Puget Sound Blood Bank management to union information that had been given to employees. The blood bank was closed down for the day, and employees were hauled to captive audience, anti-union meetings.


            Contracts Negotiations—OPEIU 8: a non-delegate spokesperson for the local reported that they are currently in negotiations with Providence Hospital, and are working with UFCW 21 and USNU 141 to get a new contract. The local has taken a neutral position on Providence’s certificate of need filing.

            IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot reported that the Washington State Nurses Association is currently bargaining for a new contract. Health care concerns are paramount.

            SEIU 1199NW: Curt Williams discussed their concerns with Providence Hospital’s expansion and cost containment. He outlined difficulties with organizing Providence Hospitals in this state since the late 90’s. They promote anti-union activity, have fired those supporting unions. He asked, ”How do we get this employer to respect workers and fair election guidelines.” He noted he would be holding off on a resolution regarding the Providence certificate of need and cost containment to give the process time to work on the issue.

            UFCW 21, non delegate, Charles Primm reported that they represent the techs at Providence where they are in negotiations. It has been a tumultuous relationship with the hospital. They can’t get grievances resolved and have had to sue them under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He reported that new hires are often indoctrinated against the union. The local is currently neutral on Providence’s certificate of need.

            UBC 562, Ed Triezenberg spoke on the relationship they have built with Providence. As a result, the new construction is being built union

            LIUNA 292, Jim Smith discussed the importance of mutual support among unions.




            Puget Sound Labor Agency—Suzanne Moreau, Snohomish County Director thanked the Machinists for the parking lot banner to be used to help raise funds from parking lot fees for the PSLA. She reported on the Labor Partnership/United Way meetings, recent fundraising efforts, and the upcoming Holiday raffle.


            Lorrie Towers, candidate for District Court Judge, thanked the Council for its endorsement.


            Geoffrey Crofoot, IFPTE 17, spoke on the bicycles repair program to provide bicycles for less advantaged children sponsored by Sharing Wheels. They are looking for folks to volunteer their time to help work on bicycles for various charities including Christmas House. Contact time and information can be found at


Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer, EEA/UTE 772 reminded delegates of the next meeting being on December 6th and the different schedule we would have the next two months. He encouraged delegates to join him this Saturday for Labor/Neighbor. He noted that the last two Saturdays have gone well in the 44th Legislative District.


            Travis Patterson reported on family health care issues and the return of cancer to his son and the need to give blood.


            Chris Glenn, SPEEA/IFPTE 2001, discussed the value of the Labor/Neighbor program and thanked the Machinists and Laborers for their participation.


            Jim Smith, LIUNA 292, plugged the KSER Radio Labor Journal on 90.7 FM




  • 10/20/06 Charles Mulcahy, Business Manager, Sheet Metal 66, stating support for expansion and construction at Providence Medical Center in Everett.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM


Respectfully submitted,



Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer








AFSCME 1811:


AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker



AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty



AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz, Robin Windhausen

AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman

AFSCME 1355:

AFSCME 2753:

AFSCME 2964:

AFT 772: Kim Mead, Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells

AFT 1873:

AFT 4254:

APWU 484:

ATU 883:

ATU 1576:

GCIU 767M:

IAFF 46:

IAFF 1984:

IAFF 2694:

IAM 130:

IAM 751A: Bob Neumann, Jason Redrup, Don Shove

IAM 751C: Dave Brueher, Gregory Powell

IAM 751E: Ron Bradley, Guerdon Ellis

IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok, Garth Luark, Duanne Roope


IBEW 46:

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman, John Cunningham, Jackie Rae, Tim Wiese

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Mike Heins, Travis Patterson, Jeff Seibert

IBT 38: Steven Chandler, Barry Lund, Rick Olson

IBT 174:

IBT 763:


IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot

ILWU 32:

IUOE 302:

IUPAT DC 5: Doug Wagner

IW 86:

LIUNA 292: Jim Smith, Rodolfo Zavala

NALC 791: Bob James


OPEIU 277:

Pac NW Newspaper Guild:


SEIU 925: Toni Bohan, Donna Chrisman

SEIU 1199NW: Susan Greeley, Steve Moll, Curt Williams

SMIU 66: Joel Merriam

SPEEA: Chris Glenn, Mark Moshay, Bob Rommel

UA 26:

UBC 562: John Noble, Don Sorenson, Ed Triezenberg, Bob Zappone

UFCW 44:


UFCW 21: Nancy Holland-Young



Excused Delegates

AFSCME 1811CA: David Ott

IAM 751C: Mark Blondin, Hank Getchman

IAM 751F: Jonathan Holden, Judy Neumann

IBT 38: Tami Brady, Janine Dibble, Samantha Kantak, Leonard Kelley

LIUNA 292: Dan O’Connor

OPEIU 277: Kat Overman



Jon Baylor, ILWU 32

Chris Bridges, ATU 1576

Laurel Coalwell, OPEIU 8

Tom Grayer, SEIU 1199NW

Audrey Gunderson, OPEIU 8

Jack Hanson, SEIU 1199NW

Jerry Hardin, UFCW 21

Jon Hoekendorf, ILWU 32

Paul Larson, ILWU 32

Bob Marshall, SEIU 1199NW

Mary Maloy, OPEIU 8

Brad Owens, IBEW 191

Charles Primm, UFCW 21

Mark Riker, SMIU 66

Shay Sorenson, Guest of Delegate Don Sorenson

Todd Taylor, N.W. Washington Building Trades

Lorrie Towers, Candidate Everett District Court