Snohomish County Labor Council, AFL/CIO

Minutes of the Meeting of January 28, 2004


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Chuck Jewell, Teamsters 38 was appointed to sit in the Vice President’s chair, as Vice President Wentworth was absent on union business. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as amended. 




M/S/C to seat the delegates who were present. The following were sworn in: AFSCME 109E: Dave Campbell, Scott White; AFSCME 1811CA: Jay Crockett, Jay Fraser, Patty Goins; Teamsters 38: Barry Lund, Steven Chandler; UFCW 1105, Nancy Holland Young; Joel Merriam, SMIU 66




            Secretary Treasurer Sells gave out information on the budget and per capita. Delegates were asked to take the information back to their locals for input so that action may be taken in February or March.

            He reported that the Executive Board had passed a resolution on expanding Paine Field to bring before the full council for a vote.


M/S/C to pass the following resolution



Supporting the Expanded Utilization of Paine Field to include Commercial Air Service


Whereas; Paine Field Airport, established in 1938, is a significant asset in Snohomish County and throughout the years has served as a major role in a broad range of national, regional, and Snohomish County activities; and


Whereas; Paine Field has provided a tremendous resource to our nation, region and Snohomish County through its prior service as an Air Force Base and currently for its ongoing uses including general aviation and airport industrial purposes by the Everett Boeing Company’s maintenance and overhaul services; and


Whereas; the potential of Paine Field and the Snohomish County Airport continue to be recognized as a future efficient and safe air transportation facility for the county and region, and that enhanced aviation opportunities such as commercial air service has received considerable support throughout the last several years by a number of officials and groups dedicated to economic development.


Whereas; the Snohomish County Airport Commission stated in 1988,”…..Commission believes that Snohomish County, the incorporated communities surrounding Paine Field, and other responsible planning authorities should recognize that Paine Field is a valuable public asset and is critically important to a strong economic climate which meets the economic necessities of the population,”…..”……strongly believes that air transportation is essential to the economic health of the county…”; and


Whereas; as far back as 1991 business leaders noted that an integrated transportation system that involves ground and air service is needed in the near future, and that the technology is present to help mitigate environmental issues; and


Whereas; the deed from the Federal government to Snohomish County calls for the county to operate the premises for public airport purposes and for the use and benefit of the public; and


Whereas; today in 2003, the need for economic development of Paine Field is greater than ever, and economic vitality, jobs, efficient transportation, and cost effective delivery of goods and services, as well as enhanced public access to air travel are integral to that development; and


Whereas; Snohomish County must continue to position itself to weather future economic downturns and to protect against loss of jobs, reduced business sales and economic opportunities


Therefore Be It Resolved that the Snohomish County Labor Council, AFL/CIO recommends the following to the Snohomish County Executive and Snohomish County Council.




The Secretary-Treasurer also opened the meeting up for discussion on starting time for the official meetings. It has been earlier recently due to the hockey games at the Everett Events Center. By a show of hands, the delegates preferred a 6  PM start.

It was M/S/C to move the meeting starting time to 6 PM


The Secretary-Treasurer gave out a written report on meetings attended since December 17th including; EHA, Martin Luther King, Jr Community Celebration, Education Committee, meetings with locals, meeting with media rep, Sounder Train, Rep. McCoy Town Hall meeting, etc.




            Community Services-Nancy Holland Young reported on the new Labor Agency, and the hiring process for a Director for the Snohomish County portion of it. The committee also discussed the RAMP program.




The Secretary Treasurer reported that the COPE Screening Committee would meet the first time on Feb. 11th. It will consist of the Exec. Bd., and representatives from locals whose international unions are not represented on the Board.




Nominations for 2004-2005 officers were read. The chair gave the gavel to the Vice President for action and voting on officers.



               It was M/S/C by acclimation to cast a unanimous ballot for these nominees.



The new officers were sworn in by Chuck Jewell, outgoing Trustee from Teamsters Local 38.




Organizing Reports

Leonard Kelley, IBT 38 reported on the CINTAS organizing campaign. CINTAS provides uniforms, and he asks that if any of the delegates know of companies using uniforms that they recommend a change to another provider. He has been hired by the local as an organizer.

            Darrell Chapman, IBEW 89, reported on a recent Strategic Organizing conference in San Francisco, and picketing with UFCW members in the San Francisco area.


Contract Negotiations

A brief update was given on the Southern California grocery strike. The UFCW will be looking to expand strike support activity.

            Jason Blachly, IAFF 1984 reported that they had settled their contract with the City of Lynnwood.

            Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 reported that they still did not have a contract with the Everett Housing Authority, nor is there a mediation date set yet. They will be meeting with Marysville School District representative on February 9th. There have been no meetings since November.


Other Local activities

            Pat Connelly, ATU 1576 reported on the Northwest Conference of the ATU meeting held in Everett in early January.

            Toni Bohan, SEIU 925, reported that the Seattle School Board was reportedly going to take action on the use of Darigold products. She also noted that as the K-12 Director of SEIU, they would be looking into more of the school district contracts with Darigold.




            Bob Monize, LIUNA 292, expressed the need to honor our outgoing United Way Labor Liaison. The Secretary-Treasurer noted the Executive Board had discussed it, and would like the Community Services committee to develop a proper response.

            It was M/S/C to instruct the Secretary-Treasurer to modify the opening statement for ILWU meetings to fit SCLC meetings.



            Bob Monize, LIUNA 292, expressed his dismay that three Democratic legislators, State Senators Berkey and Shin and Representative Sullivan from this area were proposing legislation that could set back the Brightwater project. He urged delegates to get ahold of them.

Tyler McCoy, Congressman Larsen’s campaign introduced himself and noted the headquarters for the campaign would be on the 2600 block of Colby again.


            Jeff Wood, Home Street Bank, spoke on the AFL/CIO Housing Investment trust that they work with to help union members lower mortgage costs. Classes are being held on home ownership in February.


            Dave Kurtz, thanked the Council for its support for a Superior Court judge seat. He stated that he came very close, as he was one of the finalists. The Governor ended up picking Steve Dwyer, which was an excellent choice.


            Darrell Chapman, IBEW 89, handed over the gavel to the Vice President to speak to the floor about his concerns with the 38th Legislative District replacement process. He also discussed an article in the Herald that he felt slammed the Labor movement, and that if Representative Mike Cooper decided to run for Lands Commissioner, he was considering a legislative race in the 21st District.




From Washington State Labor Council, AFL/CIO

·        1/7/04 Rick Bender, President, on joining the President’s Club




·        12/8/03 John J. Sweeney re: invitation to March Field Mobilization meeting at the National Labor College in Washington, D.C.

·        12/17/03 John J. Sweeney, President and George Kourpias, President of Alliance of Retired Americans on the Mediare Bill

·        12/19/03 John J. Sweeney, President, re: International Human Rights Day and the right to organize

·        12/22/03 John J. Sweeney, President re: endorsements of Presidential candidates

·        12/29/03 John J. Sweeney, President re: Working America program and New York Times article

·        1/7/04 John J. Sweeney, President on the Employee Free Choice Act

·        1/9/04 Charles Mercer, President, Union Label Department on April 23-24 2004 Union Label Educational Conference

·        1/9/04 John J. Sweeney, press statement on December Employment Report

·        1/20/04 John J. Sweeney, President re: 12th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 8, 2004


From Unions and Labor Organizations



From Public Officials


·        1-28-04 State Senator Jean Berkey, 38th District, replying to the Secretary-Treasurer re: opposition to R & D tax loopholes without accountability


From Businesses, Public Agencies, and Community Organizations



From Candidates for Public Office







AFSCME 109E: Dave Campbell, Robert Mueller, Shawn Smith, Scott White


AFSCME 113: Gary Doughty

AFSCME 1811:


AFSCME 1811CA: Jay Crockett, Jay Fraser, Patty Goins



AFSCME 1811PA: David Kurtz




AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman

AFSCME 1355:

AFSCME 2753:

AFSCME 2964:

AFT 772: Kim Mead, Mike Sells

AFT 1873:

AFT 4254: D. J. Wilson

APWU 484:

ATU 883: Karl Larson

ATU 1576: Pat Connelly, Dick McManus

CWA 37082:

GCIU 767M:


IAFF 46:

IAFF 1984: Jason Blachly

IAFF 2694:

IAM 130: David Volkmann

IAM 751A: Bob Neumann, Jason Redrup

IAM 751C: Gregory Powell, Rod Sigvartson

IAM 751E: Ron Bradley

IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok, Jonathan Holden,  Duanne Roope


IBEW 77:

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman

IBT 38: Mike Campbell, Steven Chandler, Janine Dibble, Chuck Jewell, Leonard Kelley, Barry Lund, Rick Olson

IBT 763:



ILWU 32:

IUOE 302:


IW 86:

IW 506:

LIUNA 292: Bob Monize, Dan O’Connor

NALC 791: Bob James

National Writers Union:


OPEIU 277:

SEIU 775:

SEIU 925: Toni Bohan,  Brian Levesque

SEIU 1199NW:

SMIU 66: Joel Merriam, Bill Wood

SPEEA: Tim Bond, Chris Glenn, John Lynn, Mark Moshay, Bob Rommel,

UA 26:

UFCW 44:


UFCW 1001:

UFCW 1105: Nancy Holland-Young


Excused Delegates

AFSCME 109: Pete Dykstra, Pat Thompson

IAFF 46: Tom Cobb, Tom Deckers, Robert Downey, Russell Jack

IAFF 1984: John Puetz

IAM 751A: Don Shove

IAM 751F: Judy Neumann

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman

IBEW 191: Jeff Seibert

IBT 38: Doug Gunwall

SEIU 925: Steven La Pierre, Tania Rosario

SPEEA: David Simpson

UFCW 1105: Paul Quaintance, Arthur Rice, Lynda Rice



Tyler McCoy, Citizens to Elect Rick Larson

Bill Mirand, IBEW 46

Kurt Schuer, SPEEA/IFPTE 2001