Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of the Meeting of April 23, 2008


  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by Vice President Boschok. The reading of the meeting purpose and flag salute followed. Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 was appointed to the VP chair for the meeting.


Worker Memorial Observance


  Secretary-Treasurer Sells read a statement regarding the continued need to work on worker safety issues. Vice President Boschok led a unison reading of the names of workers who died as a result of job related injury in Washington State in 2007. The list included the names of soldiers from Washington State who died in Iraq or Afghanistan during 2007. A moment of silence was called for.


  President Chapman resumed the chair and called for approval of the minutes. M/S/C to approve the minutes as handed out.





  M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. The following individuals were sworn in: Laura Aker, Chris Kelly and Terry Van Wyck.


Organizing/Education Committee Report


  Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, reported on the upcoming June 10th and 18th union education event scheduled for the Arlington area. Sign-up sheets to help were circulated.


Executive Board/COPE Committee


  The Executive Board/COPE Committee presented endorsement recommendations for the upcoming WSLC COPE Convention on May 3rd. As a result, in individual motions for each candidate, it was M/S/C to forward the following recommendations for endorsement to the Washington State Labor Council:


Federal Offices


Statewide Offices



State Legislators











  Ben Lawver, Washington State Labor Council COPE Director, gave an AFL/CIO presentation on the rising costs of health care. Delegates were encouraged to take the issue to members for the upcoming elections. For more information, people can visit  There will be a health care forum in Everett at the Everett Station on September 9th at 6:30 PM







Reports of Unions




  IAM 751F—Jackie Boschok reported they will be getting a new election at Lockheed Martin.


Contract Negotiations


  IAM 751F—Jackie Boschok reported that bargaining with the Boeing Company will be starting early. With the thousands of new hires, the defined benefit plan versus a 401k may be an issue at the table.

  IBU/ILWU—Robin Ramsey reported that they are still in negotiations with the Washington State Ferries system.

  SEIU 1199NW—Curt Williams reported they were going into negotiations over training issues at Stevens in Edmonds, and Valley General in Monroe. They are working with the hospitals to create a training fund. Deadline for negotiations to end is June 30th. He did express concern about working with the Stevens Hospital Board.

  SPEEA/IFPTE 2001—Bob Rommel noted that the union is in pre-negotiations with Boeing.

  AFSCME 1811CA—Patty Goins reported that they would begin negotiations sometime in June with Snohomish County.

  ATU 1576—Christine Brydges reported that they were in mediation with Community Transit.

  AFSCME 948—Laura Akers reported home care worker contract negotiations.


Other Local Activity


  IAM 751F—Jackie Boschok reported that the Snohomish County Council passed a supportive resolution regarding the tanker on a 5 to 0 vote. She also passed out information regarding the Seventh Annual Flight for Sight Fun Run and Walk with the proceeds to benefit the Guide Dogs of America, Saturday, June 7, 2008.

  PASS—Christian Sorensen reported on a May 17th, 9 AM to 3 PM Paine Field General Aviation Day and Taste of Mukilteo event they are participating in at Paine Field. Paine Field Firefighters are doing a pancake breakfast starting at 9 AM with donations to go to the Northwest Burn Foundation.

  EEA/UTE 772—Jackie Minchew reported that fired teacher, Kay Powers, had reached a settlement with the Everett School District and was back at work.

  IBU/ILWU—Robin Ramsey reported that there would be a May 1st rally in Seattle supported by the ILWU in opposition to the war.


New Business


  Nominations were opened for delegates to the Washington State Labor Council COPE Convention on May 3rd. Three delegates were allowed. The following individuals were nominated:



  It was M/S/C to close nominations. It was M/S/C to cast a unanimous ballot.


Good of the Order


  Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency gave an update on PSLA activity. She noted that the PSLA had helped 22 families in need so far this year. Chris Kelly from NALC 791 was introduced, and is co-ordinating the May 10th Letter Carrier Food Drive. Posters and cards for the drive were made available. Sept. 12-13 are the United Way Days of Caring and delegates were encouraged to participate.

  George Appel, Jim Johanson and Joe Wilson, Candidates for Superior Court Judge, Position 6, spoke to the Council, and gave their background in law and experience in legal proceedings. They are seeking the support of Labor.

  Sally Hintz, Senator Cantwell¹s office talked about the Senator¹s help with the tanker issue at Boeing.

  Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191 reported on safety issues at the National Building Trades Convention in Washington, DC


  President Chapman called for another moment of silence before adjournment, as Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 and Bob Rommel, SPEEA, moved the Worker Memorial spray to the front of the building by the Workers Memorial Plaque. Secretary-Treasurer Sells noted that a similar spray had been placed at the Workers Memorial on the County campus.


  The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM


Respectfully submitted



Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer

Snohomish County Labor Council






AFSCME 109S: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811: No Delegate


AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Terry VanWyck


AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate


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: David Volkmann

IAM 751A:

IAM 751C:

IAM 751E: Guerdon Ellis

IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok


IBEW 46:

IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong, Darrell Chapman, Travis Patterson

IBT 38: 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: Doug Scott, Jim Smith, Rudy 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: Curt Williams

SMIU 66:

SPEEA: Sandy Hastings, Bob Rommel, Kurt Schuetz

UBC 562:

UFCW 44: No Delegate

UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate

UFCW 21:

UniteHere: No Delegate

Wash Tech / CWA: Curt Eidem


Excused Absences

AFSCME 1811CA: Gloria Parker

AFT 772: Kim Mead

IAM 751A: Jason Redrup

IAM 751C: Hank Getchman

UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg

Wash Tech: Rennie Sawade



George Appel, PA 1811, Candidate Sno. Cty. Superior Ct. Judge Pos. 6

Mike Cooper, Snohomish County Council

Chris Glenn, SPEEA

Sally Hintz, Senator Cantwell¹s Office

Stephen Jessup, SPEEA

Jim Johanson, Candidate Sno. Cty. Superior Ct. Judge Pos. 6

Rick Jurkovic, VP Local 1576

Kari King, Appel Campaign

Robert Knoll, Rep. Marko Liias campaign

Suzanne Moreau, PSLA