Snohomish County Labor Council

Minutes of the Meeting of January 25, 2012

 

  The meeting was called to order at 6 PM by President Darrell Chapman. Secretary Treasurer Mike Sells was in session as a State Representative in Olympia. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231,  was appointed to the Secretary-Treasurer's chair for the meeting. The meeting protocol was read, and the minutes of the previous meeting was approved as posted.

 

CREDENTIALS

      AFSCME 109E: Sheryl Barker, Sean Hare, Curtis Jasper, Beverly Riley, Judy Wahl

      AFSCME 113: Dan Packard

      IAFF 46: John Gage

      OPEIU 8: Tracy Hoffman, Jennifer Moore, John O?Keefe

 

  No new delegates were present.

 

GUESTS

   The business meeting was suspended for guests

 

Candidates for the 1st Congressional District introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their campaigns.

Darcy Burner: Spoke on how Congress is broken  and her plans to make a difference. She spoke to sending people to Congress who will fight for jobs.

Suzan DelBene: Spoke on the need for jobs in the state. She has run the Revenue Department for the state for the last 13 months.

Roger Goodman: Unable to attend since as a State Representative he was in session in Olympia. His campaign manager, Mike Nelson, read a brief statement.

Darshan Rauniyar: Spoke to the need to rebuild our manufacturing base and create jobs.

Laura Ruderman: Spoke about Social Security and Medicare concerns. She also addressed the need to stop jobs going overseas.

 

  Guests excused.

  Continuation of business meeting

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD / STATE LABOR COUNCIL OFFICERS

 Lynne Dodson, WSLC Secretary-Treasurer: Thanked the Snohomish County Labor Council for partnering with the WSLC in sponsoring the 1st Congressional Candidate Forum on March 23rd. The forum will be held at the Machinists Union Hall, 8729 Airport Road in Everett at 7:00PM. She spoke to the need for creating at least 30,000 new jobs in the state. Representative Hans Dunshee will be sponsoring a bill to create construction jobs. No bill number yet but the WSLC will contact us to help support it when it happens.

Secretary-Treasurer Dodson discussed the bill being sponsored by State Senator Steve Hobbs, SB-6442, that will direct  the Washington State Health Care Authority to take over the K-12 health benefit system and eliminate collective bargaining rights for health care.

The WSLC Legislative Conference is February 9th with a COPE Convention afterwards.

 

REPORTS OF UNIONS

 

Organizing—Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, reported they organized the city of Oak Harbor and had over 70% of the cards signed.

Bob Rommel, SPEEA, reported on organizing efforts with a group of Boeing pilots, and a specialty group inside Boeing.

 

Contract Negotiations—Rich Ewing, IBT 231, reported that they were in negotiations with the City of Stanwood. The city is asking for union covered employees to share health care costs but not the administrators nor the non-covered employees.

 

Other Local activity—None were reported

 

OLD BUSINESS

Nominations were re-opened for 2012-13 terms for the following offices: President, Trustees 1,3,4,5. Nominations made previously were:

      President: Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191

      Trustee 1: Dan Christofferson, LIUNA 292

      Trustee 3: Ed Triezenberg, UBC 70

      Trustee 4: Randy Kurtz, AFSCME 948

      Trustee 5: Leonard Kelley, IBT 231

  As there were no further nominations, the nominations were closed and Vice-President Jason Redrup, IAM 751 moved to accept the nominations by acclamation. Motion was carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS

The newly elected SCLC Executive Board was sworn in by WSLC Secretary-Treasurer Lynne Dodson.

Kim Mead, AFT 772, presented the delegates with the MLKCLC Resolution to Oppose the State Takeover of K-12 Health Care, and asked for their support. She talked about the bill, SB-6442 sponsored by State Senator Steve Hobbs. This bill will actually cost the taxpayers millions and local school districts would be liable for all future costs above any allocation by the state.

President Chapman made the motion to support the resolution with reference changes to the Snohomish County Labor Council, not MLKCLC Council. (Resolution with changes follows.)

 

RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE STATE TAKEOVER OF K-12 HEALTH CARE

Adopted January 25, 2012

 

Whereas, the Legislature directed the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) to develop a plan for a state takeover of the K-12 health benefits system; and

 

Whereas, the proposed takeover eliminates collective bargaining rights for health care; and

 

Whereas, the takeover shifts an additional $25 million per year to K-12 employees through higher premiums and ?point of service cost-sharing;? and

 

Whereas, the plan provides no cost savings and would actually cost taxpayers millions of dollars; and

 

Whereas, all future costs risks would be shifted to the school districts for costs above the state allocation; and

 

Whereas, the plan abandons a system that today costs less and provides more than the state program; and

 

Whereas, the proposal requires lower overall benefits to avoid immediate cost increases; and

 

Whereas, the plan wipes out health care coverage entirely for thousands of part-time employees who work less than half-time; and

 

Whereas, the proposal adds another costly function to the state bureaucracy at a time when vital funding for K-12 education and other services is being cut; and

 

Whereas, K-12 employees have had the option to enroll in the state employee health care plan since 1995, and less than one percent of the K-12 employees have made that choice; therefore be it

 

Resolved, that the Snohomish County Labor Council opposes this anti-union legislation mandating a state takeover of the K-12 health benefits system; and be it further

 

Resolved, that the Snohomish County Labor Council supports the coalition opposed to this collective bargaining and health care takeaway; and be it further

 

Resolved, that this action and resolution be communicated to the legislative leadership, all legislators representing Snohomish County citizens, and the Governor; and be it finally

 

Resolved, that Snohomish County Labor Council will forward this resolution to the Washington State Labor Council with a request that they adopt a similar resolution.

 

Motion passed.

 

Delegates for the WSLC Legislative Conference were chosen. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231; Darrel McLaughlin, IBEW 191, and Jim Gillan, SPEEA, will attend.

 

GOOD OF THE ORDER

Greg Flatmo, IUPAT, discussed using trade crafts for work.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:56 PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Leonard Kelley, Trustee 5

Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer

 

ATTENDANCE

AFSCME 109:

AFSCME 109E:

AFSCME 109S: No Delegate

AFSCME 113: Jim Imhof, Cameron Johnson, Charles Johnstone

AFSCME 1811:

AFSCME 1811C:

AFSCME 1811CA:

AFSCME 1811JPD: No Delegate

AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate

AFSCME 1811PA:

AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate

AFSCME 435: No Delegate

AFSCME 881: No Delegate

AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz

AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman

AFSCME 2753: No Delegate

AFSCME 2964: No Delegate

AFT 772: Kim Mead

AFT 1873:

APWU 484: No Delegate

ATU 883: No Delegate

ATU 1576:

AWPPW 183:

AWPPW 644:

GCIU 767M: No Delegate

IAFF 46:

IAFF 1984: No Delegate

IAFF 2694: No Delegate

IAM 130: 

IAM 751A: Mark Clark, Jason Redrup, Brent Sanchez

IAM 751C:

IAM 751E:

IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok

IATSE 15: John Lammon

IBEW 46:

IBEW 77:

IBEW 89:

IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Darrel McLaughlin

IBT 38: Janine Dibble

IBT 174: No Delegate

IBT 231: Rich Ewing, Leonard Kelley

IBT 763: No Delegate

IBU/ ILWU:

IFPTE 17:

IUOE 302: No Delegate

IUPAT DC 5: Greg Flatmo

IW 86: No Delegate

LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson, Doug Scott

NALC 791: Bob James

OPEIU 8:

OPEIU 277: No Delegate

Pac NW Newspaper Guild: No Delegate

Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate

SEIU 6: No Delegate

SEIU 925:

SEIU 1199NW: No Delegate

SMIU 66: No Delegate

SPEEA: James Gillan, Bob Rommel, David Simpson

UBC 70: Guy Johnson

UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate

UniteHere: No Delegate

Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade

 

Excused Absences

AFSCME 1811CA: Terry VanWyck

AFT 772: Mike Sells

ATU 1576: Patty Ceis

SPEEA: Sandy Hastings

UBC 70: Ed Triezenberg

 

Guests

Suzan DelBene, Candidate 1st Congressional

Lynne Dodson, WSLC Secretary-Treasurer

Darcy Burner, Candidate 1st Congressional

Steph Erwin, DelBene Campaign

Brad Forbes, Ruderman Campaign

Ken Frey, IBEW 191

R M Harrell, IAM 130

Alex Henderson

Nigel Herbig, Ranniyar Campaign

Mike Nelson, Goodman for Congress

Tom Nikirk, IUPAT

Bob Parker, WSFSE

Darshar Ranniyar, Candidate 1st Congressional

Laura Ruderman, Candidate 1st Congressional