Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of the Meeting of May 28, 2008


  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by Vice President Boschok. She noted that President Chapman was on vacation. The meeting purpose was read, followed by the Flag salute. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as typed and handed out. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231 was appointed to the Vice Presidentıs chair.





  M (Sells) S (Kelley) to seat the delegate who was present. Ray Egelhoff, IBEW 89 was sworn in as a delegate.


Executive Board/COPE


  Secretary Treasurer Sells reported that the Board recommended sending Jason Redrup to the State Labor Council Convention as an SCLC delegate. M/S (Board) C to concur.

   The Board recommended that the Labor Council rate three candidates: George Appel, Jim Johanson and Joe Wilson as well qualified to be Superior Court, Position 6 Judge.

M/S (Board) C to concur. (Required a 2/3 majority vote.)

    Gabe Hargrove, SCLC Political Director, gave an update on Labor/Neighbor activity, and solicited volunteers for walking and phone banking. June 21st will be the next Labor/Neighbor walk.


Reports of Committees

– Leonard Kelley, IBT 231 gave an update on the Arlington Airport education event, and solicited help for the days we will be leafleting at 4 sites.


Reports of Unions

– Matt Carroll, IBEW 89, reported on the Comcast organizing in the areas. Comcast is not only the largest cable company, they are now the fourth largest phone company in the country. IBEW is organizing at Comcast in 7 major markets, and is working on community support for the effort. Delegates were encouraged to take support signs. He noted that workers at Comcast make substantially less than union represented workers.

Contract Negotiations - Chris Sorenseon, PASS, reported on a letter from Federal legislators to the FAA administration to honor a court ruling on staffing. Air safety inspectors are severely understaffed.

Chris Brydges, ATU 1576, reported that they are in mediation with Community Transit. It is moving slowly.

Other Local Activities - Jason Redrup, IAM 751A, gave an update on the tanker situation. They have been to Washington, DC to lobby Congress on it.


Good of the Order


  Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency noted that the Letter Carriers Food Drive netted 373,000 lbs of food for the food banks. She thanked Teamsters Local 38 for getting Hoglunds Transport for an in-kind donation to haul away and deliver food. She also reported on the recent 1st Amendment scholarship award presentation, and read a letter from the daughter of person who had been helped by Operation Shortfall. A Turkey Fry fundraised with Sheriff John Lovick is scheduled for July 23rd before the next meeting, and she solicited Spirit of Labor Award nominations.

  Secretary-Treasurer Sells thanked Chris Kelly and Bob James, NALC 791 for their hard work on the food drive. He noted, in particular, the work Chris had done with the donation bag handling and getting them out.

  Toni Bohan, SEIU 925, encouraged delegates to watch the movie Recount, if they need motivation to participate in Labor/Neighbor this year.

   Christian Sorensen, PASS, reported on the Paine Field Aviation Day, and felt it was a good event for getting their message out.




  Congressman Rick Larsen spoke to the delegates on a number of issues. He noted that in the next session they hoped to get the Employee Free Choice Act passed, and to overturn the Kentucky River decision being used against workers. He discussed needed changes in the NLRB, as well as Congress passing bargaining rights for public employees in non-bargaining states. Congress will also be trying for Unemployment Benefit extensions and push to force OSHA to implement refinery safety standards. He spoke about the tanker decision and efforts in Appropriations to not fund the decision. He also covered reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Act, and noted that there is always a struggle over Davis Bacon standards with construction issues.


Respectfully submitted,



Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer






AFSCME 109S: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811CA: Gloria Parker, Terry VanWyck


AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate

AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty

AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate

AFSCME 881: No Delegate

AFSCME 948: Laura Akers, Randy Kurtz

AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman

AFSCME 1355: No Delegate

AFSCME 2753: No Delegate

AFSCME 2964: No Delegate

AFT 772: Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells

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, Don Shove

IAM 751C:

IAM 751E: Ron Bradley

IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok


IBEW 46:

IBEW 77:

IBEW 89: Matt Carroll, Ray Egelhoff

IBEW 191:

IBT 38: Steve Chandler, Janine Dibble, Rick Olson

IBT 174:

IBT 231: Leonard Kelley

IBT 763:

IBU/ ILWU: Robin Ramsey, David McKenzie

IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot

ILWU 32:

IUOE 302: No Delegate

IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate

IW 86:

LIUNA 292:

NALC 791: Bob James, Chris Kelly


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: 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

AFT 772: Kim Mead

IAM 751C: Hank Getchman

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman

IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman

LIUNA 292: Doug Scott, Rudy Zavala

SEIU 1199NW: Steve Moll

SPEEA: Sandy Hastings

UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg



Chris Glenn, SPEEA

Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd Congressional District

Jill McKinnie, Congressman Rick Larsen Staff

Suzanne Moreau, PSLA