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.
á AFSCME 109E: Sheryl Barker, Sean Hare, Curtis Jasper, Beverly Riley, Judy Wahl
á AFSCME 113: Dan Packard
á IAFF 46: John Gage
á OPEIU 8: Tracy Hoffman, Jennifer Moore, John O?Keefe
No new delegates were present.
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.
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
Nominations were re-opened for 2012-13 terms for the following offices: President, Trustees 1,3,4,5. Nominations made previously were:
á President: Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191
á Trustee 1: Dan Christofferson, LIUNA 292
á Trustee 3: Ed Triezenberg, UBC 70
á Trustee 4: Randy Kurtz, AFSCME 948
á 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.
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.
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
Leonard Kelley, Trustee 5
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 113: Jim Imhof, Cameron Johnson, Charles Johnstone
AFSCME 1811JPD: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
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
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 883: No Delegate
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Mark Clark, Jason Redrup, Brent Sanchez
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok
IATSE 15: John Lammon
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Darrel McLaughlin
IBT 38: Janine Dibble
IBT 174: No Delegate
IBT 231: Rich Ewing, Leonard Kelley
IBT 763: No Delegate
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: Greg Flatmo
IW 86: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson, Doug Scott
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild: No Delegate
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 6: No Delegate
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
AFSCME 1811CA: Terry VanWyck
AFT 772: Mike Sells
ATU 1576: Patty Ceis
SPEEA: Sandy Hastings
UBC 70: Ed Triezenberg
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
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