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.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
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
GOOD OF THE ORDER
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
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
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
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 883: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Rick Jurkovic
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1828: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Mark Clark, Lester Mullen, Jason Redrup
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok
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 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
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