Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of the Meeting of March 26, 2008


   The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman. The Flag salute and the reading of the meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as corrected: Under SPEEA report, the membership number should be 20,000 for Washington and 4,000 in Wichita. Under attendance for IBU add Robin Ramsey and redact David McKenzie.





  The new delegates were not present, and no seating action was taken.




  Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that the Board had set the COPE Screening schedule, and would be opening the screening committee to locals who do not have a member on the Executive Board. Names need to be in by March 28th. He also noted that the Board would be meeting to discuss the future relationship with the PSLA, and the request to be involved with a First Amendment Scholarship program.




  Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, reported that the committee was working on an education program for the Arlington industrial complex for June. There are 110 businesses within a 3 mile radius of the Arlington airport. He will have volunteer sign-up sheets to help in upcoming meetings




Organizing Reports


IAM 751F—Jackie Boschok reported on an election at a Lockheed Martin contractor that come out 438 for the union and 438 against with 9 challenged ballots. District 751 did win an election for a small unit in Spokane, and are working on elections in the Snohomish County and Fife area.


IBEW 191—Darrell Chapman reported on the interest in the Comcast organizing that the IBEW is currently pursuing.


Contract Negotiations


IBU—Robin Ramsey gave an update on talks with the Washington State Ferry management.


ATU 1576—Chris Brydges noted the local was in mediation with Community Transit


SPEEA—Larry Marrell reported they had their first formal meeting regarding the upcoming Boeing contract.


IFPTE 17—Geoffrey Crofoot reported on the health care improvements in their new contract for employees at the Snohomish County Health District


IBT 38—Steve Chandler noted that members had ratified a contract at Canteen Vending. At Carlson Trucking members will be voting on a last and best offer. The Everett Fuel & Lumber contract comes up at the end of April, and there is a vote for the Puget Sound Truck line contract on March 27th.


LIUNA 292—Doug Scott thanked the Council for its recent support on the Unfair Labor Practice picket line against Cornerstone. They were back to the table within two days.


Other Local Information


IBT 38—Steve Chandler noted that the local gives out two $1,000 scholarships to members or family of members each year. The international also had $10,000 scholarship available. He encouraged delegates who have Teamster family members to check into it.




  State Representative Mike Sells, 38th District, Pos. 2 reported on the recent legislative session in Olympia. He noted that the $400 million dollar short fall in the revenue forecast did not make for a pleasant session because of the budget cutting. Labor did make progress, however, in a number of areas. It was disappointing that we were not able to finalize a college branch campus site, and attributed part of it to attacks on the Everett site by hired consultants, as well as attacks on the process for selection. He noted that at points it got a little nasty.


  PSLA Snohomish County Director Suzanne Moreau reported on the upcoming May 10th Letter Carriers Food Drive, and the need for volunteers to help unload the food boxes. She also mentioned the Center for Battered Women event on Friday March 28th, the Shop for a Cause event, which is being changed, partnering with Labor/Neighbor radio, and the Boeing Employee Community Fund activity.


  Mark Hintz, Snohomish County Democrats Chair reported that they were seeking help with the upcoming, April 13th County Convention. They are expecting between 4,000 and 6,000 people at Comcast Arena, and are selling advertising in the convention booklet to help offset the cost.


Joe Wilson, Candidate for Superior Court, Position 6, introduced himself to the delegates and gave some background for his candidacy. He is currently an attorney in the area.


Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, gave background information on the Skagit Community Alliance, which is proposing expansion into Snohomish County. The alliance is a group of like minded groups interested in a progressive agenda.


Jackie Boschok, IAM 751F reported on the recent Tanker rally in Everett with Senator Patty Murray. We need to continue to educate the public and keep the issue alive through the General Accounting Office review.


Jason Redrup, IAM 751A, reported that the tanker contract, while affecting 800 line employees, will have far reaching impacts on jobs throughout the area, unless the decision is overturned.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM


Respectfully submitted,



Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer




AFSCME 109: Roger Moller


AFSCME 109S: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker


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 1355: No Delegate

AFSCME 2753: No Delegate

AFSCME 2964: No Delegate

AFT 772: Jackie Minchew

AFT 1873:

AFT 4254:

APWU 484: No Delegate

ATU 883:

ATU 1576: Christine Brydges

AWPPW 644: No Delegate

GCIU 767M:

IAFF 46:

IAFF 1984: No Delegate

IAFF 2694: No Delegate

IAM 130:

IAM 751A: Jason Redrup

IAM 751C:

IAM 751E: Guerdon Ellis

IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok


IBEW 46:

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong, Darrell Chapman

IBT 38: Tami Brady, Steve Chandler, Janine Dibble, Rick Olson

IBT 174:

IBT 231: Leonard Kelley

IBT 763:

IBU/ ILWU: David McKenzie, Robin Ramsey

IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot

ILWU 32:

IUOE 302: No Delegate

IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate

IW 86:

LIUNA 292: Doug Scott , Rudolfo Zavala

NALC 791:


OPEIU 277: No Delegate

Pac NW Newspaper Guild:

PASS: Christian Sorensen

Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:


SEIU 925: Toni Bohan, Donna Chrisman

SEIU 1199NW:

SMIU 66:

SPEEA: Sharon Marrell, Larry Marrell, Bob Rommel

UBC 562:

UFCW 44: No Delegate

UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate

UFCW 21:

UniteHere: No Delegate

Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade



Excused Absences

LIUNA 292: Jim Smith

NALC: Bob James

SPEEA: Chris Glenn, Mark Moshay

UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg

Wash Tech: Curt Eidem



Fran Christie, OPEIU 277

Suzanne Moreau, PSLA

Michelle Pin, SCDCC

Laura Wentworth, SPEEA

Joe Wilson, Candidate for Superior Court, Pos. 6