Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of April 27th, 2016
Meeting was called to order by President Jason Redrup, IAM 751A, at 6 PM. The flag salute and reading of the meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as posted.
A motion and second were made to accept the credentials for two new delegates.
James Decaro from IBEW 46 and Danielle Julien from ATU 1576 were sworn in by Vice-President Doug Scott, LIUNA 292.
Ron McGaha, Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
Ron spoke on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Everett Massacre. He said tickets were $100 for a sailing on the Virginia V from Seattle to Everett on Saturday, November 12. A short program and refreshments will then be held at the Everett Sailing Club.
Representative June Robinson, 38th Legislative District
June stated she believes in the power of unions to collectively bargain and protect workers’ rights. She noted there are people spending boatloads of money to destroy unions. While door belling, she has heard from IAM 751 members and SPEEA members about job losses while Boeing is receiving millions in tax breaks. She said the reasons we give breaks are valid and the legislature did it with the intent of retaining and building a job group. June added she appreciates labor support and hopes that the Labor Council will endorse her.
A five minute break was held to give the delegates an opportunity to ask questions of the guests.
Secretary-Treasurer/State Officer/Staff Report
Secretary Treasurer Leonard Kelley IBT 38, reported that the next Labor 101 class will be held May 21. The class is titled “Leadership for Rank-and-File Members.”
He reported on Initiative 1433, stating that we’ve gotten a few petitions back but we need to get a lot more returned. The program coordinator for Initiative 1433 is looking for volunteers for certain times at certain events and we need volunteers to fill those slots. We have until June to collect the necessary signatures. Raising the minimum wage and having paid sick leave is important to all of us.
Secretary-Treasurer Kelly spoke on the two Trade Up events that were held in May. He asked volunteers who participate in the event to give a short report. Spencer Burris, IAM 751A, said that he was at the Mukilteo event. He felt that the cool thing was that the trainers really stressed the importance of their pensions and how necessary it is for kids to hear that. Mike Hill, IAM 751C, said that these kids really enjoyed the hands-on experience and that they really like to hear about the apprenticeship learning and training opportunities. Secretary-Treasurer Kelley added that he’s working on another Trade Up event to be held June 2 at Marysville Pilchuck High School.
Secretary-Treasurer Kelley talked about an article in the Huffington Post that referenced workers killed on the job. The article was not put together by the AFL- CIO but an outside source. He said it was a very good article that everyone should take the time to find it and read it.
Reports of Unions
Tom McConnell, IATSE 15, reported on a rally and protest they are having on May 20th at Safeco Field during the Billy Joel concert. They’re having the rally to protest RHINO STAGING fighting the organizing drive they are having with the riggers.
Charlene Rawson, Washtech, reported that they are working on organizing DirecTV and T-Mobile.
Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Kelley, IBT 38, reported on the recently held COPE interviews. He said that there were several motions that come with seconds to the body to recommend candidates for endorsement to the Washington State Labor Council COPE Convention.
A vote was taken for Representative Mike Sells in the 38th Legislative District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for Representative June Robinson in the 38th Legislative District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self in the 21st Legislative District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for Luis Moscoso, candidate for State Senate in the 1st Legislative District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for Representative Strom Peterson in the 21st Legislative District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and passed unanimously.
The following is a recommendation from the Executive Board to the body that we find candidates Steve Hobbs, Karen Frazier, and Cyrus Habib all qualified for the position of Lieutenant Governor. This is not a recommendation for any candidate. Vote was taken and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for John Lovick candidate for State Representative in the 44th Legislative District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken for Congressman Rick Larsen in the 2nd Congressional District and failed to obtain a two thirds majority.
A vote was taken for Susan Delbene in the 1st Congressional District and passed unanimously.
A vote was taken in support of a resolution presented by IATSE Local 15, and their ongoing struggle with Rhino Northwest. The vote passed unanimously.
Good of the Order
United Way Labor Engagement Manager Betty Welsh, WashTech, reported we have collected over 2000 pounds of peanut butter, and that there is still time to add to that amount. We have until May 13th to turn in all peanut butter collected. Betty added that we are crushing the Northwest Central Labor Council and the State Labor Council but are running a close race with Pierce County Labor Council.
Betty then reported on the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive on May 14th. Volunteers are needed to help with the unloading of food at various Post Office locations. She reminded the delegates to make sure you fill your bags at home and participate. Betty noted that 1 out of every 10 Snohomish County residents lives below the poverty level and 1 out of 3 households in Snohomish County struggles. Last year we collected 259,000 pounds of food and that met half the needs of the local food banks.
Ken Fry, IBEW 191, spoke on the importance of labor people to run for delegate spots at the local levels and the national convention.
Sandy Hastings, SPEEA, reported on the Snohomish CLUW chapter and that they will be meeting on 18th May at Alfys Pizza. She reported they are a new group and are trying to reach out and grow their membership. She asked that the delegates share their information with co-workers.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 PM
Leonard Kelley, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811C: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Terry VanWyck
AFSCME 1811JPD: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 435: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 948: Angela Guadamuz
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Danielle Julien, John Sainz
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAFF 3916: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Spencer Burris, Brian Butler, Joel Hetland, Lester Mullen, Jason Redrup
IAM 751C: Michael Hill,
IAM 751E: Ron Bradley, Guerdon Ellis
IATSE 15: Tom McConnell
IBEW 46: James DeCaro
IBEW 89: Teresa Johnson
IBEW 191: Kenneth Frey
IBT 38: Debbie Gath, John Howell Jr., Leonard Kelley, Mike Raughter
IBT 117: Michael Boe
IBT 174: No Delegate
IBT 763: No Delegate
IUOE 302: Bill Albin Jr., Al Cummins, Rick Cunningham, Tony Zempel
IUPAT DC 5: Steven Dore, Robert Rahkonen
IW 86: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Chris Glenn, Doug Scott, Jim Smith
NALC 791: Bob James, Chris Kelly
Pac NW Newspaper Guild: No Delegate
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
PTE 17: Kathy Pierson
SEIU 6: No Delegate
SEIU 925: No Delegate
SEIU 1199NW: No Delegate
SPEEA: Lynn Burow, James Gillan, Sandy Hastings, Mohammed Khan, Robert Sutton
UBC 70: John Lehman, Fidencio Denis Velasco
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Charlene Rawson, Ed Triezenberg, Betty Welsh
AFSCME 109: Polagaya McLaughlin
IBEW 77: Arlene Cunningham, Jackie Rae
IBEW 89: Karen Tegard
IBEW 191: Darrel McLaughlin
OPEIU 8: Phyllis Naiad
SPEEA: Susanne Murphy, David Simpson
Pat Davis, ATU 1576
Victor C. Harris, SCDCC
June Robinson, State Representative, 38th District