Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of August 27, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Redrup. The flag salute and the reading of the meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as posted. President Redrup noted the departure of our United Way Community Services Liaison, Ann Seabott. She has taken a position as the Northwest Regional Office Director for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. He thanked her for her work with the Labor Committee.
Š AFSCME 113: Roger Huntley
Š ATU 883: Steve Oss
Š IAFF 46: Jason Brock
Š IAM 751A: Shannon Ryker
Š IBEW 191: Colleen O’Brien and Kenneth Frey
Š IBT 117: Terry Hutchins and Darren Norton
Š SPEEA: Kenneth Ware
M/S/C to seat the new delegates, who were present. Colleen O’Brien and Kenneth Frey, IBEW 191, were sworn in.
Jeffrey Goodwin, Candidate for re-election as Judge in the South County Division of Superior Court spoke on his background as a judge for the last ten years. He is most proud of the mental health court work he has led.
June Robinson, Candidate for election to 38th District, State Representative, Pos. 1 thanked the Council for their support of her candidacy. She gave an update on election activities her campaign is involved in.
Chelsea Nelson, IBEW 46 spoke on the Work Union – Buy Union web site they are developing listing union shops and goods. She noted that for more information delegates could go to www.beunionbuyunion.com Locals were encouraged to link to the page. She noted that information from one of our affiliates, Teamsters 38 was included on the web site. On September 4th at 1 PM at the IBEW 46 hall in Kent there will be an Open House and she invited all to attend.
Dennis Smith, President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County thanked Ann for her work. He gave an update on the hiring process for a new Labor Community Services liaison, and went over the history of the position. He also engaged delegates in a “community conversation” about where they would like to see the community direct its funding.
Ann Seabott, Northwest Regional Director, U.S. Senator Murray, thanked the Council for the opportunity of working with Labor and United Way and the passion of delegates for the work that they do.
The meeting was adjourned for 15 minutes for delegates to engage with guests.
Leonard Kelley, Vice President, gave an update on activities of community outreach for the Membership Education Committee. They are looking to expand the activity for the future. He went over the new Working America program for people who wish to be affiliated with the AFL/CIO, but do not work where there is a union. Sign up forms were available. He noted the calendar for phone banking and the need for volunteers. Snohomish County had the lowest voter turnout in the state.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing Reports--IAM 751A, Les Mullin reported the overwhelming vote at Jorgensen Forge in Seattle for the union. 15 or 20 years ago a union there had decertified. Since then, employees have been treated extremely bad. One example was the insistence that they clean the bathroom and lunchroom with the same bucket of water.
Contract Negotiations--ATU 1576, John Sainz gave an update on First Transit negotiations. They have been in negotiations for 14 months. IBT 117, Michael Boe noted that members had voted down a contract offer from the Department of Corrections. They will be seeking arbitration. SPEEA, Rebekah Hewitt reported on the Unfair Labor Practice against Boeing that was ruled in the favor of the union. AFSCME 109, Polagaya McLaughlin reported on the beginning of negotiations with the county. UBC 562, Ed Triezenberg reported on going to arbitration for carpenters working for the Washington State Ferry Service and the use of an Office of Financial Management survey that includes people who are not in the trade in the survey used for comparability. It would have a substantial negative affect on potential arbitrations. They have challenged it before and won, and are challenging it again.
Other Local Activity--Rebekah Hewitt, SPEEA, reported on attending the July 16th JLARC hearing on tax preferences in Olympia. Suzanne Kamiya-Harding, SPEEA, reported on the next meeting of Sept. 19th for comments on tax preferences. Bob James, NALC 791, reported he would not be seeking re-election to a Vice Presidents position on the WSLC Executive Board. He invited delegates to consider seeking that position. Doug Scott, LIUNA 292, reported on the workplace death of a member, A moment of silence was observed for the member.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Jim Smith, LIUNA 292, gave an update on the Labor Radio Journal at KSER 90.7 FM along with Michael Boe, IBT 117. Leonard Kelley, IBT 38, reported on the recent organizing of school supply purchases that Ann Seabott helped organize through our United Way Labor Committee and the thank you’s that the Council had received.
The meeting adjourned at 7:26 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109: Polagaya McLaughlin
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 113: Jim Imhof
AFSCME 1811C: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JPD: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 435: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
AFT 772: Mike Sells
AFT 1873: Steven Horn
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: John Sainz
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAFF 3916: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Lester Mullen, Jason Redrup
IBEW 77: Jacob Morgan, Jackie Rae
IBEW 191: Damien Fisher, Kenneth Frey, Darrel McLaughlin, Colleen O’Brien
IBT 38: Leonard Kelley
IBT 117: Michael Boe
IBT 174: No Delegate
IBT 763: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5:
IW 86: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Chris Glenn, Doug Scott, Jim Smith
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 8: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild: No Delegate
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 6: No Delegate
SEIU 925: No Delegate
SEIU 1199NW: No Delegate
SPEEA: Rebekah Hewitt, Suzanne Kamiya-Harding, Bob Rommel, Kurt Schuetz
UBC 70: Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA:
IAM 130: Ron Harrell
IBEW 89: Teresa Johnson
SPEEA: Sandy Hastings, David Simpson
Judge Jeffrey Goodwin, Snohomish County District Court
Dennis Smith, President and CEO - United Way of Snohomish County