Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of June 25, 2008
The meeting was called to order at 6:03 PM by President Chapman. The flag salute and reading of the meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted.
M/S/C to seat the delegates who were present. Sue Martinez, AFSCME 948 and Tara Jo Heinecke, IATSE 15 worn sworn in.
EXECUTIVE BOARD/COPE COMMITTEE
Secretary-Treasurer Sells noted that the Executive Board had met on June 17th. He noted that the Board recommended rating Judge Eric Z. Lucas well qualified to retain the Snohomish County Superior Court, Position 6 seat. Judge Lucas spoke to the delegates giving his background, and noting that they could check the internet for his record in judging court cases. Candidates and guests were asked to leave the room. The Executive Board recommendation came to the body with a motion and a second. Delegates voted to concur in the recommendation.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells also referred to the letter sent regarding recent disputes between the SEIU and the CAN. A copy was in the Executive Board minutes.
Allyn Triezenberg gave delegates the information on the Solidarity Night at the AquaSox on August 6th. Locals interested in tables can contact the office. Tickets are slightly different this year.
Gabe Hargrove, SCLC Political Director, presented the AFL/CIO Turn Around America DVD and program which explained the need for getting involved in the election. He also asked people to sign up for the Labor/Neighbor program, and reported on the activity in the 44th District on June 24th. The next Labor/Neighbor door knocking will be on July 12th and July 26th. Evaluation forms for the Turn Around America program were given out, and delegates and guests were asked to fill them out and return them.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Organizing/Education—Allyn Triezenberg gave an update on the June 10th activities at the Arlington Airport. She noted it was the coldest and wettest June day on record. Despite that, they did get a number of acknowledgments from drivers.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing—IATSE 15, Tara Jo Heinecke noted they only needed a few more cards to have the stage hands at the Village Theatre organized. IBEW 89, Ray Egelhoff reported that as soon as a Comcast worker signed a card, they were quite often moved on by the company in one on one meetings. He noted how the Employee Free Choice Act would help the organizing. IAM 751F, Jackie Boschok reported on the organizing of some workers by the IAM in the City of Woodinville. IBEW 191, Darrell Chapman reported that they cannot sign up members fast enough. The bad housing market has caused lay-offs in an area that is largely non-union.
Contract Negotiations—IATSE 15, Tara Jo Heinecke stated that she felt they were getting close to an agreement at Comcast Arena for the conference center employees. The issue holding up settlement seems to be a union security clause. IBEW 89, Ray Egelhoff reported that the IBEW had opened up negotiations nationwide with Verizon. He also noted that the local would be responsible for 7 contracts coming up in the Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Northern Idaho area. In a lot of cases, companies want members to pay their medical and dental. AFSCME 1811CA reported they will be starting negotiations with the county in early August. IBT38, Steve Chandler reported on the ratification of three contracts—Puget Sound Truck Lines, Everett Fuel (Fir Island Trucking and Carlson Trucking (Flour Hall Division). ATU 1576, Chris Brydges reported that they had ratified a contract with Community Transit. IAM 751F, Jackie Boschok stated that the IAM had begun bargaining early with Boeing. The company has forced all non-union employees into a 401K plan, and want new employees coming into the company in such a plan as opposed to a defined benefit plan. IAM 751A, Jason Redrup noted that the Machinist unit was one of the last sites with a defined benefit plan.
Other Local Activities—IAM 751A, Jason Redrup spoke on the successful challenges to the Air Force╣s granting of a tanker building program to Air Bus. He noted that Boeing is back on the playing field. SEIU 1199NW, Steve Moll thanked the Executive Board for its recent letter regarding the SEIU/CNA dispute. He also mentioned other raiding issues going on around the country.
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
State Representative Liz Loomis, 44th District encouraged delegates to participate in Labor/Neighbor and other campaign support. She introduced her campaign manager and the campaign manager for Hans Dunshee. She has doorbelled 7700 voters at this point, and can always use help in her doorbelling efforts.
Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency promoted the United Way campaign and the Turkey Fry before the next Labor Council meeting.
Jason Redrup, IAM 751A spoke about the Saturday ramp building for former SCLC delegate Hank Getchman. They will be meeting Saturday morning at 10 AM at the Everett Machinists hall. He noted that $400.00 is needed to help pay for materials. Checks can be sent to the Puget Sound Labor Agency.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells mentioned that he would have information out soon regarding a Marysville Firefighter who needed a heart transplant. Funds are being raised for that, also.
Jim Smith, Laborers 292, reported on the Radio Labor Journal at KSER FM and encouraged locals to contact the SCLC office if they have programs they would like to have on.
Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191, reported on the local raising funds for an apprentice who is a world champion off road racer. They are also featuring her as a woman in the trades to draw in other women.
Gabe Hargrove, SCLC Member Education Director, asked delegates to let him know if they need DVD╣s of the Turn Around America presentation.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
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: Laura Akers, Randy Kurtz, Sue Martinez
AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman
AFSCME 1355: No Delegate
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
AFT 772: Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok
IATSE 15: Tara Heinecke, John Lammon
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman
IBEW 89: Ray Egelhoff
IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong, Darrell Chapman, Neil Sidhu
IBT 38: Tami Brady, Steve Chandler, Janine Dibble
IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Jim Smith
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan, Donna Chrisman
SEIU 1199NW: Steve Moll
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA:
AFT 772: Kim Mead
IAM 751C: Hank Getchman
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
SPEEA: Sandy Hastings, Bob Rommel
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
WashTech: Curt Eidem
Brooke Brod, WA State Democrats
Liz Elwart, Friends of Liz Loomis
Chris Glenn, SPEEA
Dan Joyner, WA State Democrats
Judge Eric Lucas, Re-elect Judge Eric Lucas Campaign
Representative Liz Loomis, House 44th District
Justin McMahon, WA State Democrats
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA
Trevor Nieslanik, Friends of Hans Dunshee