Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of March 28, 2012
The meeting was called to order by President Chapman at 6 PM followed by the Flag salute and the reading of the meeting purpose. Ed Triezenberg, UBC 70, was appointed to serve in the Vice President?s Chair. Minutes of the previous meeting were 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 IAM 130: Ron Harrell
á IAM 751A: Lester Mullen, Rachel Sarzynski, Scott Seeley
á IBEW 191: Travis Petterson
á IUOE 302: Rick Cunningham
á OPEIU 8: Tracy Hoffman, Jennifer Moore, John O?Keefe
M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. The following new delegates were sworn in: Rachel Sarzynski and Scott Seeley of IAM 751A; Travis Patterson, IBEW 191; Ron Harrell, IAM 130; Rick Cunningham, IUOE 302.
The business meeting was suspended for guests
Dennis Smith and Ann Seabott, United Way of Snohomish County, thanked the Council for building a partnership with United Way. Dennis Smith also thanked the IAM and AWPPW for their members? volunteer work, and in particular, recognized Chris Louie of IAM for the over 500 hours of volunteer work that he has done. Consequently, Chris Louis received an award from President Obama. They also discussed the work with the new Labor Advisory Committee which includes Josh Estes of the AWPPW, Patty Ceis of ATU, Frank Guglielmo of SPEEA, Jason Redrup of IAM751 and Allyn Triezenberg for the Labor Council. They are currently working to help Chris Kelly and the Letter Carriers get ready for the May Letter Carriers Food Drive. They also worked with the SCLC on the Toys for Tots Drive this last November. Ann Holm has attended a week long AFL/CIO work shop for Community Liaisons in DC and reported on it. She noted that those wishing to help the day of the Food Drive can register on the Volunteers of America web site.
Neil Hart, AWPPW 644, reported on the work being done to help those Kimberly Clark workers that have lost their jobs due to the plant closing. He noted that he had spent 18 ½ years at Kimberly Clark, and is currently one of the Peer Outreach members of the program that has been set up to help people with transitions into other jobs and training. The program has worked closely with the State Labor Council to get help through the Trade Act for retraining monies. The Snohomish County Workforce Development Council and United Way of Snohomish County have been helpful with training and space. Work Source has been critical in moving ahead, along with access to Workforce Investment Act funds. Political allies in both Olympia and D.C. have also been helpful.
550 employees had their jobs end in December. Of those, 170 are already back to work. Another 225 are currently getting help through the Trade Act processes and 30 have retired. Another 210 will be out in the next two weeks. Delegates were requested to let him know of any job prospects that can be added into the list to help people.
Craig Pridemore, State Senator, 49th District and Candidate for State Auditor, gave his employment background and qualifications to be State Auditor. He is currently serving as a State Senator from the Vancouver area and served 6 years on the Clark County Board of Commissioners. He has a background in accounting and worked in a CPA firm in Los Angeles back in the early 90?s.
Dayna Lurie, Political Director for Rep. Jim McDermott, was introduced.
A 5 minute recess was held for guests and delegates to mingle and talk with each other.
The business meeting was brought back to order and guests were excused.
SECRETARY-TREASURERS/STATE OFFICER REPORTS
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that staff was working on the May food drive with Ann Seabott. We have begun the process of setting up the Workers Memorial with a focus this year on safety at the Department of Corrections. The COPE Candidate Screening process begins on April 13th at 9 AM and will continue on April 20th. He noted that Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, had been appointed to serve as a Labor Representative on the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. He also reported on the recent legislative session noting that very little was passed with regards to Labor. Many of the House bills were either killed in Senate Rules or Senate Policy Committee before getting to the floor for action. A couple of Senate safety/training bills were passed to help with classroom training for electrical workers and whistle blower status for elevator constructors.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing—Grace Holland, IAM 751F, reported on the informational picketing in Kent last Saturday to help 200 people at a local plant. Bob Rommel, SPEEA, reported on the efforts to organize 50 pilots at Boeing. Ron Harrell, IAM 130, reported on the organizing of 130 employees at Techna in Bellingham. Darrell McLaughlin, IBEW 191, reported they will be doing an organizing blitz in April.
Contract Negotiations—Darrell McLaughlin, IBEW 191, reported that they would soon go to negotiations with the National Electrical Contractors Association for the inside wiremen?s contract. Polygaya McLaughlin, AFSCME 109, reported they would be starting negotiations on the County Master Contract. Bob Rommel, SPEEA, reported that the Boeing contract expires on October 6, 2012 and they would be entering negotiations starting next week.
Other Local Activities—Brent Sanchez, IAM 751A, reported on the June puppy event for Guide Dogs of America as part of their summer activities. Ron Harrell, IAM 130, reported on a Guide Dog event they would be doing in his local. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, reported on the WSLC Legislative Conference in Olympia in February. His local took two shop stewards and it proved very eye opening for them, particularly the rudeness of Rep. Overstreet when they went to talk with him. Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191 reported on the conference and an IBEW legislator award to Rep. Sells.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Grace Holland, IAM 751F, and Sgt. At Arms, reported that a representative for Mark Miloscia dropped off some flyers that were passed around regarding his candidacy for State Auditor. Darrell McLaughlin, IBEW 191, solicited people to help with phone banks during the upcoming election. Randy Kurtz, WFSE 1020, noted that there would be a Democratic endorsement convention in Seattle this next weekend. Jim Smith, KSER Labor Radio Journal, discussed recent and upcoming programs and thanked the SCLC for recent donations for equipment. Chris Glenn, LIUNA 292, added that the programs were on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 PM on KSER FM 90.7 radio. Sec. Treas. Sells noted that Ron Harrell of IAM 130, was asked by the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission to serve as a commissioner and labor liaison. Ron then spoke about the commission.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109: Polagaya McLaughlin
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
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: Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 883: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Patty Ceis
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 130: Ron Harrell
IAM 751A: Mark Clark, Brent Sanchez, Rachel Sarzynski, Scott Seeley
IAM 751C: Christopher Louie, Rod Sigvartson
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok, Grace Holland
IATSE 15: Tom McConnell
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Damien Fisher, Darrel McLaughlin, Travis Patterson
IBT 38: Janine Dibble, Rick Olson
IBT 174: No Delegate
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IBT 763: No Delegate
IUOE 302: Rick Cunningham
IUPAT DC 5: Art Diaz, Greg Flatmo
IW 86: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Chris Glenn, 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: Lynn Burow, James Gillan, Bob Rommel
UBC 70: Guy Johnson, Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup
LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson
Neil Hart, AWPPW 644/Peer Outreach
Dayna Lune, Congressman McDermott campaign
Dennis Smith, United Way of Snohomish County
Jim Smith, Radio Labor Journal/LIUNA 292
Teresa Zoellick, IBEW Local 89
Craig Pridemore, State Senator, 49th District and Candidate for State Auditor