Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of Meeting of March 27, 2013


The meeting was called to order by President Chapman at 6:00 PM. The flag salute and reading of meeting purpose following. M/S/C to accept the minutes of the previous meeting as posted.




Š      IBT 117: Terry Hutchins, Darrin Norton

Š      OPEIU 8: John O’Keefe

  No new delegates were present to be sworn in




Paul Roberts, Candidate for Everett City Council is seeking Labor Council support for his re-election. He currently has the support of the IBEW and Carpenters. He talked about problems with sequestration and how it affects the City of Everett at a time when we are trying to build more jobs in the community. Real estate and sales taxes are also shrinking. However, the city budget overall is in good shape because of the management of finances.


Lark Kesterke, United Way Financial Stability Program Director discussed their tax preparation services for low income people. It is volunteer led that also helps with financial services and education. She also discussed the United Way’s  money management and  match savings programs.


Jim Smith, Radio Labor Journal, KSER 90.7 FM noted he was in his 17th year of the program. It is on the 3rd Monday of each month. He invited local union participation.


Bob Downey, SEIU 1199NW spoke about the Valley General Hospital levy which is on the ballot. The hospital in Monroe has been struggling financially the last few years. There are 250 union members out there belonging to SEIU, UFCW and WSNA. They have the lowest levy in the state. The levy would increase taxes by $74.00 a year on a $200,000 home. The service area covers Monroe, Snohomish, Gold Bar, Index and eastern Mill Creek. Ballots go out on April 5th and are due back by April 23rd. The Labor Council Executive Board has endorsed the levy. He invited delegates to help with the phone banks.


At 6:35 PM the meeting was suspended for guests to leave the room.






Sec. Treas. Sells reported on legislative activity with regards to workers comp, prevailing wage, teacher transfer, and the negative working families’ bills coming out of the Senate. He also noted that a hearing would be held in May regarding the current grievance of Sheet Metal 66.


WSLC President Jeff Johnson reported on legislation and thanked the Governor for getting his budget priorities out. It will be a difficult ending to the session around budget issues. He also noted that the Council would be looking to recruiting and developing candidates for upcoming elections. Delegates were invited to participate in a new video program being developed by the Labor Council.






Organizing—No new reports


Contract Negotiations--Rebekah Hewitt, SPEEA, reported that the Tech unit had voted to accept a Boeing contract. Originally, it had not, while the engineering unit had. There is no pension for new hires in it. They are being moved to a defined contribution (401k) type plan. Teresa Randall, IBEW89, reported on Frontier negotiations and efforts by the company to push a defined contribution pension. Bob Rommel, SPEEA, updated the delegates on the Aerospace Manufacturing Pilots Association negotiations. Boeing is threatening to move the work to Miami. This will cause an unfair labor practices filing with the NLRB. Greg Flatmo, IUPAT,   reported on negotiations for glaziers. Leonard Kelley, IBT 38, reported that negotiations with UPS are currently under way.


Other Local Activities—No new reports




Ann Seabott, Wash Tech, United Way Community Services, talked about the upcoming Letter Carriers Food Drive. You can volunteer by going to the VOA web site. Help is always needed unloading food. Jason Redrup, IAM751A, reported on the help needed for the food drive and the starting up of the ramp program. Guy Johnson, Carpenters 70, reported that the annual Injured Workers Memorial will be on April 24 at the Workers Memorial sculpture, corner of Wetmore and Pacific at 5 PM. He asked for volunteers to go up before hand to help clean the statue.


M/S/C to extend the meeting beyond 7:30 PM


Rebekah Hewitt,SPEEA, reported on the Summer Institute for Union Women at Seattle CC being put on by the Labor Institute.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:32 PM


Respectfully submitted,


Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer






AFSCME 109S: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811:



AFSCME 1811JPD: No Delegate

AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate

AFSCME 435: No Delegate

AFSCME 881: No Delegate


AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman

AFSCME 2753: No Delegate

AFSCME 2964: No Delegate

AFT 772: Mike Sells

AFT 1873:

APWU 484: No Delegate

ATU 883: No Delegate

ATU 1576: Rick Jurkovic

GCIU 767M: No Delegate

IAFF 46:

IAFF 1828: No Delegate

IAFF 1984:

IAFF 2694: No Delegate

IAM 130:

IAM 751A: Mark Clark, Lester Mullen, Jason Redrup

IAM 751C:

IAM 751E:

IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok


IBEW 46:

IBEW 77: Jackie Rae

IBEW 89: Teresa Johnson

IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Devyn Johanson, Darrel McLaughlin

IBT 38: Leonard Kelley

IBT 117: Doug Beatty, Brad Waddell

IBT 174: No Delegate

IBT 231:

IBT 763: No Delegate


IUOE 302: Rick Cunningham

IUPAT DC 5: Greg Flatmo

IW 86: No Delegate

LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson, Chris Glenn, Doug Scott

NALC 791: Bob James

OPEIU 8: Janice Herrera

Pac NW Newspaper Guild: No Delegate

Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate

PTE 17: Kathy Pierson

SEIU 6: No Delegate

SEIU 925: No Delegate

SEIU 1199NW: No Delegate

SMIU 66: Mark Riker

SPEEA: Lynn Burow, Rebekah Hewitt, Bob Rommel, Kurt Schuetz,

UBC 70: Guy Johnson, Ed Triezenberg

UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate

UniteHere: No Delegate

Wash Tech / CWA: Ann Seabott


Excused Absences

AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz

IAM 130: Ron Harrell

SPEEA: James Gillan, David Simpson



Joan Bethel, SEIU Retired

Bob Downing, SEIU 1199NW

Jeff Johnson, WSLC

Lark Kesterke, United Way of Snohomish County

Yuri Kosmin, SMIU 66

Paul Roberts, Everett City Council

Jim Smith, Radio Labor Journal