Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of the Meeting of July 24, 2008


  Vice President Boschok read the meeting purpose, and then called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. She announced that President Chapman was in Texas visiting with family. Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 was appointed to sit in the Vice Presidentıs chair. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved with the following corrections: Under the Reports of Unions, the name Patty Goins should be included as the reporter for AFSCME 1811CA. Under Excused absences, the names of Rick Olson, IBT 38 and Rennie Sawade, CWA/WashTech should be added.





M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. Chris Glenn and David Simpson were sworn in.




   Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that there was no quorum present for the July 19th meeting. The Board members present did interview David Personius, a candidate in the 39th Legislative District, but took no action due to a lack of quorum.

    Lori Province, WSLC and Neil Safrim, ATU 587 were introduced. They discussed the upcoming Labor/Neighbor walk in the 10th District on July 26th and encouraged participation.




Organizing—IAM 751F, Jackie Boschok gave an update on organizing at the City of Woodinville.


Contract NegotiationsWash Tech/CWA Curt Eidem reported on negotiations at the national level with AT&T mobile and Qwest. Their medical benefits have increased 500% since the last contract was negotiated. The companyıs proposal on paying for the benefits would take as much as 1/3 of the salary of lower paid employees. Bargaining has gone from mediation to an arbitration process. Qwest locals are also bargaining at this time.  IBEW 191, David Armstrong noted they have an agreement with contractorsı representatives. After much discussion both parties came to an agreement to be finalized Friday, July 25th 2008.The tentative agreement offers $9.75 over 2 years 9 months for the west side and $10.80 over 2 years 9 months for the eastside. There will be a ratification vote on Monday, July 28th at 7 pm at both the Everett and Wenatchee halls. See the attached document below for how the money is to be allocated. ATU 1576, Chris Brydges noted that the opening of negotiations with Community Transit had been delayed. AFSCME 1811CA, Patty Goins reported that negotiations with the County had been delayed because the Executive has not renewed a contract with a negotiator.

Other local issues
IFPTE 17, Geoffrey Crofoot reported concerns with possible budgetary issues at the local health district. It appears they will be $4 million short in the next contract. They are concerned there will be further cuts. IAM 751A, Jason Redrup reported on the recent strike sanction meeting for the Boeing workers they represent. It was an overwhelming yes vote. He noted that Boeing has made over $228 billion in profits recently, and it is the time share with their employees.




County Councilman Mike Cooper, 3rd Council District thanked the Council for their help in his election last year. He discussed the revenue picture in the county noting that sales tax revenue has dropped 10%. The Executive will be presenting a budget to the County Council on September 5th. He expects it to be a tight budget with cuts probably necessary. He responded to questions from delegates around the upcoming negotiations and staffing. Jim Smith, LIUNA 292, reported that this would be his last meeting as a delegate to the Council from his local as he is retiring. He mentioned how thrilled he had been the last several years working with the Labor Radio Journal and meeting and talking with community leaders on the behalf of Labor. Delegates gave him a standing ovation for his work. Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, reported that the afternoon Turkey Fry event with John Lovick came within inches of raising a $1,000. She thanked delegates for their support. She also thanked the following unions and individuals for their donations: Teamsters 38, SPEEA, Carpenters 562, Machinists and Bob James and Chris Kelly, Letters Carriers 791. The PSLA will be doing a raffle at Solidarity Night on August 6th. Jim Hutchins, Puget Sound Labor Agency, discussed the co-ordination of the wheel chair ramp program, and the upcoming golf tournament at the State Convention. He noted the recent ramp built for Hank Getchman, IAM member, who passed away recently. Vice President Boschok noted the availability of August 6th Solidarity Day tickets.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:21 PM


Respectfully submitted,



Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer















AFSCME 109S: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker


AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate

AFSCME 881: No Delegate

AFSCME 948: Laura Akers, Randy Kurtz

AFSCME 1020:

AFSCME 1355: No Delegate

AFSCME 2753: No Delegate

AFSCME 2964: No Delegate

AFT 772: 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, Tina Wilson


IBEW 46:

IBEW 77:

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong

IBT 38: Mike Campbell, Rick Olson

IBT 174:

IBT 231:

IBT 763:


IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot

ILWU 32:

IUOE 302: No Delegate

IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate

IW 86:

LIUNA 292:

NALC 791: Chris Kelly


OPEIU 277: No Delegate

Pac NW Newspaper Guild:


Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:


SEIU 925: Toni Bohan

SEIU 1199NW:

SMIU 66:

SPEEA: Chris Glenn, David Simpson

UBC 562:

UFCW 44: No Delegate

UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate

UFCW 21:

UniteHere: No Delegate

Wash Tech / CWA: Curt Eidem,  Rennie Sawade


Excused Absences

AFSCME 1811CA: Terry VanWyck

AFT 772: Kim Mead

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman

IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman

IBT 231: Leonard Kelley

LIUNA 292: Rudy Zavala

NALC 791: Bob James

SEIU 925: Donna Chrisman

UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg



Mike Cooper, Snohomish County Councilman, IAFF 1760

Jim Hutchins, PSLA

Suzanne Moreau, PSLA

Lori Province, WSLC

Neal Safrin, ATU 587, Solidarity Grant Coordinator