Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of April 25, 2012
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, was appointed to the Vice President s Chair. Vice President Redrup was serving on the County Salary Commission this evening. The flag salute followed along with the reading of the meeting purpose. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as posted.
• AFSCME 109E: Sheryl Barker, Sean Hare, Curtis Jasper, Beverly Riley, Judy Wahl
• AFSCME 113: Dan Packard
• EEA/UTE 772: Camlynn Tafa
• IAFF 46: John Gage
• IAM 751A: Lester Mullen
• IBEW 89: Teresa Zoellick
• OPEIU 8: Tracy Hoffman, Jennifer Moore, John O Keefe
It was M/S/C to seat those new delegates who were present. Camlynn Tafa, EEA/UTE 772; Lester Mullin, IAM 751A; and Teresa Zoellick, IBEW 89 were sworn in.
The business meeting was suspended to hear from guests.
Suzan DelBene, Candidate for Congress, 1st District, stated she was running to help bring back a strong middle class. She favors protecting Social Security and Medicare and gave her educational and family background. She will be running against a Tea Party favorite and she ran for the House in the 8th District back in 2010.
Steve Hobbs, Candidate for Congress, 1st District talked about his role as a State Senator in helping to create jobs. He felt he was big on building trades issues. He stated that he is the only candidate that supports the coal train and the long term benefits of building a terminal for shipping coal overseas. He stated it would not only be for shipping coal, but other products as well. He mentioned his support for funding the Public Works Trust Fund.
Kathleen Drew, Candidate for Secretary of State, gave her electoral background as a State Representative in the 5th Leg District. She went over her ideas for electoral reform and expanding voting access.
Mary Helen Roberts, State Representative, 21st District, reported that her main work in the House has been on children s issues. That is why she is a strong supporter of labor and its efforts to promote family wage jobs. She stated that the greatest problems that children have come from living in poverty.
SECRETARY-TREASURER, STATE OFFICER and AFL/CIO FIELD REP REPORTS
Sec. Treas. Sells reported that the Executive Board/COPE Screening Committee had met twice for interviews of candidates and were making recommendations that would come to the floor with a motion and second. The motions were for recommendations to the Washington State Labor Council for endorsement on May5th. The following actions took place:
• M/S/C to recommend Suzan DelBene for U.S. House, District 1
• M/S/C to recommend Rick Larsen for U.S. House, District 2
• M/S/C to recommend Jim McDermott for U.S. House, District 7
• M/S/C to recommend Kathleen Drew for Secretary of State
• M/S/C to recommend Jim McIntire for State Treasurer
• M/S/ to recommend Mark Miloscia for State Auditor. M/S to amend to add the name of Craig Pridemore. The motion will be voted on at the May meeting.
• M/S/C to recommend to the State Labor Council that Bruce Hilyer, John Ladenburg and Sheryl McCloud were all well qualified to be State Supreme Court Judges.
• M/S/C to recommend Rosemary McAuliffe for State Senator, 1st District
• M/S/C to recommend Derek Stanford for State Rep. Pos. 1, 1st District
• M/S/C to recommend Luis Moscoso for State Rep. Pos. 2, 1st District
• M/S/C to recommend Tom Riggs for State Rep. Pos. 2, 10th District
• M/S/C to recommend Mary Helen Roberts for State Rep. Pos. 1, 21st District
• M/S/C to recommend Marko Liias for State Rep., Pos. 2, 21st District
• M/S/C to recommend Cindy Ryu for State Rep., Pos. 1, 32nd District
• M/S/F for lack of 2/3 vote to recommend Ruth Kagi for State Rep., Pos. 2, 32nd District
• M/S/C to recommend John McCoy for State Rep., Pos. 1, 38th District
• M/S/C to recommend Mike Sells for State Rep., Pos. 2, 38th District
• M/S/C to recommend Eleanor Walters for State Rep., Pos. 2, 39th District
• M/S/C to recommend Hans Dunshee for State Rep., Pos. 1, 44th District
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that he had learned from SEIU 1199NW reps this afternoon that they have a candidate they will be supporting in the 44th District, State Rep., Pos. 2 named Mary McNaughton. She is a nurse.
Jeff Johnson, WSLC President reported on the last legislative session and the long battle to get the Jobs Bill passed. It will provide a $1 billion in projects and put thousands to work. He discussed the cutting of pension benefits for state employees which took away early retirement factors. The State Labor Council is planning and working on some events to bring back culture and arts to the labor movement. They are also working with the Library of Congress to save local oral labor history.
Ben Lawver, AFL/CIO Field Representative reported he had been working issues lately in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. He reported on the Senate vote on NLRB rules changes. The effort to undercut those rule changes failed.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing—Ron Harrell, IAM 160, reported on winning a representation election at Techna in Bellingham. Bob Rommel, SPEEA reported on the election for Boeing Pilots. 84% of those voting had indicated they would do so and followed through. Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191 reported on contacts around the state to non-union households.
Contract Negotiations—Randy Kurtz, AFSCME 948, reported that State Employees would be entering negotiations for a contract that expires in July of 2013. They are currently assessing members. Bob Rommel, SPEEA, reported that negotiations at Boeing would be tough. They have pursued a similar contract extension that the Machinists have. Patty Ceis, ATU 1576 noted the over 40% budget cuts at Community Transit. They are getting ready for bargaining and working with the IAM local at CT in the process. Dan Christofferson, LIUNA 292 reported they were beginning bargaining in Western Washington. Steve Chandler, IBT 38 reported they have settled a good 3 year agreement at Hoglunds. Rick Cunningham, IUOE 302 reported they were going into negotiations with the AGC.
Nominations were opened for the 3 delegates to the May 5th COPE Convention in Seattle. The following individuals were nominated: