Minutes of October 25th SCLC Delegates Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM by President Jason Redrup. The pledge of allegiance was held and the president’s message was read.
A motion was made to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. The Motion passed a vote of the body.
Kai Fuller from IATSE 793 was present. A motion was made and seconded to seat Kai as a delegate. The motion passed and Kai Fuller was sworn in.
Gary Kemp from IBEW 191 was present. A motion was made and seconded to seat Gary as a delegate. The motion passed and Gary Kemp was sworn in.
Larry Montgomery, JR from LIUNA 292 was present. A motion was made and seconded to seat Larry as a delegate. The motion passed and Larry Montgomery, JR was sworn in.
Dan Verda from IBEW 191 was present. A motion was made and seconded to seat Dan as a delegate. The motion passed and Dan Verda was sworn in.
Mike Llewellyn from LIUNA 292 was present. A motion was made and seconded to seat Mike as a delegate. The motion passed and Mike Llewellyn was sworn in.
Jessica Bonebright , retired SPEEA member and Steve Bauck Co-Chair of Education, from Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, (PSARA) gave a brief presentation about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It was stated that Medicaid pays for a majority of Long Term Care in the U.S. In the presentation they said nearly 50% of minorities are affected by Social Security. The Great Depression was the start of people rising up to government/businesses over inequalities in the workforce which eventually brought us Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, some welfare benefits, and COLA increases…etc. These were all in place by the 1971 from several uprisings by people and over the previous decades of struggling. After this a man named Lewis Powell, introduced the Powell Memo. This memo was a decade’s long strategy for corporate take over our political economy. This was built around winning big ideas like “government is bad,” needing to “let loose free enterprise,” getting rid of Unions, so we they could “unshackle business,” etc. And we are still fighting this today, including attacks on Social Security and Medicare.
Social Security and Medicare will not go away completely ever, unlike what has been talked about publically. PSARA is trying to get the word out to the public, that if everyone paid equally into Social Security, by getting rid of the cap on Social Security tax, that we would not be having to worry about Social Security ever going away. They asked us to send postcards to our legislators asking them to “Scrap the Cap.” (YouTube Video)
Nothing at this time
Secretary Treasurers Report:
Millennial’s mixer update. Leonard reported that we are still working on putting this together, however with Betty Welsh retiring and Darby Fry moving on to a new job; we are waiting for them to replace Darby’s position who educates people on why unions are important.
On other news, Leonard also met with Joe Downs from Maria Cantwell’s office, and he was interested in what the council was doing and what their office could do to help. Leonard posed to him that one of the best things they could have Maria do is, “Say something positive about Unions in Public.” He also asked the delegation to encourage our elected officials to say something positive about Unions in Public!!!
This lead into a short discussion about the city of Snohomish Mayor’s race and how John Kartak was attacking unions and saying negative thing about us.
There is no November meeting. There will be a Holiday meeting on December 6th; for nominations and a holiday celebration.
Reports of Unions
Steve Nelson AFSCME 1020: He reported that they just recently had their convention and there were several resolutions; one to tax income over 250K, another to increase their union membership by 100%, and one about attacking the “Far Right,” which offended about 50% of members who are rather conservative. He elaborated that conservative was not necessarily Republican or Democratic in its usage. They did pass the latter one after drastic changes in the verbiage. They supported Initiative 940, for the police departments.
Teresa Johnson IBEW 89: She reported that they are getting ready to enter into escalated bargaining with Frontier Communications; their contract expired in May of this year. As part of their contract they are not allowed to strike and so they are doing an educational picket, on Nov 18th at 8 or 9 am in the morning at the corner of Colby and 41st Street. Teresa asked for volunteers to help by joining them. Leonard is going to send out more information via an email blast.
Michael Boe IBT 117: reported that they had an incident out at the reformatory that he was discussing with to Eric Wiseman about pursuing education for the sergeants about proper technique and best practices in cuffing inmates.
Cynthia Robson SEIU 1199NW: Cynthia wanted to “Thank,” everyone from the delegation that came out to support them at their vigil last month. She reported that they did have a vote to strike with about 90% approval. They have one more negotiation session with Providence; however they are looking to strike for 3 days in November.
Jim DeCaro IBEW 46: Sound Communications continuing to negotiate, they have voted against a TA and also $.50 increase; the tradeoff is mandatory swing shifts, which they don’t want to do either.
No Old Business
Sabrina Snow SEIU 1199NW: Brought a Petition for people to sign, having to do with police and emergency room nurses and their education
Reminder Toys for Tots is going on!!! Dec 8th is the date!!!
The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM
Gary Kanter, AFM 76-493 (Excused)
Polagaya McLaughlin, AFSCME 109
Angela Guadamuz, AFSCME 1811CA (Excused)
Janay Jagar, AFSCME 1811CA
Terry Van Wyck, AFSCME 1811CA
Steve Nelson, AFSCME 1020
Eric Wiseman, AFSCME 1020
Rick Jurkovic, ATU 1576 (Excused)
John Sainz, ATU 1576 (Excused)
Brian Butler, IAM 751A
Jason Redrup, IAM 751A
Wes Heard, IAM 751A
Mark Clark, IAM 751A
Joel Hetland, IAM 751A
Jason Redrup, IAM 751A
Michael Hill, IAM 751C
Regina Fountain, IAM 751F (Excused)
Denise Strike, IAM 751F
Shane Van Pelt, IAM 751F
Kai Fuller, IATSE 793
James DeCaro, IBEW 46
Nicole Reedy, IBEW 77 (Excused)
Christine Reid, IBEW 77
Teresa Johnson, IBEW 89
Karen Tegard, IBEW 89
Tammi Brady, IBT 38(Excused)
Debbie Gath, IBT 38 (Excused)
Michael Boe, IBT 117
Debi Humann, IBT 763 (Excused)
Bill Albin, IUOE 302
Al Cummins, IUOE 302
Rick Cunningham, IUOE 302
Doug Scott, LIUNA 292(Excused)
Chris Glenn, LIUNA 292
Bob James, NALC 791 (Excused)
Kathy Pierson, PTE 17 (Excused)
Cynthia Robson, SEIU 1199NW
Sabrina Snow, SEIU 1199NW
James Gillan, SPEEA 2001 (Excused)
Kurt Schuetz, SPEEA 2001
Robert Sutton, SPEEA 2001
David Simpson, SPEEA 2001
Riley Fay, UBC 70