County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of September 25, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 6 PM by President Chapman. The Flag salute and reading of the meeting purpose followed. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as posted.
á IAM 751C: George Wilson
á IBEW 77: Arlene Cunningham
á IBT 117: Terry Hutchins, Darin Norton
á IUPAT DC 5: Jim Mudd
á OPEIU 8: John OÕKeefe
á SPEEA: Suzanne Kamiya-Harding
M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. Suzanne Kamiya-Harding was sworn in
Alex Johnson for Initiative 522 gave an explanation of the initiative designed to get foods labeled with their content information or whether they were derived from genetically modified crops.
Dave Warren and Rick Bender, Gateway Terminal Project, spoke on the need for the commodity export center in Whatcom County. They noted it had been endorsed by the AFL/CIO at its convention and the Washington State Labor Council. The project with have a project labor agreement on it. Without the project the exports will move by rail into Canada. At this point, the Environmental Impact Statement will take two years.
Meeting was recessed for 5 minutes while guest left.
Meeting was reconvened.
STAFF and OFFICER REPORTS
Pres. Chapman reported on the AFL/CIO Convention and the change in direction that is being promoted. He mentioned that the quality of the speeches was outstanding, and the work schedule heavy. He thanked the Council for sending him as delegate.
Marcus Courtney, Senior Field Rep for the Northwest Region of the AFL/CIO, spoke on being new at the job after spending 5 years overseas dealing with international relations. He discussed the changes that may be coming and expectations with regards to strategic planning for state and local councils. He also covered the potential of reaching out to other like-minded groups to bring them into a closer relationship with the labor movement.
Leonard Kelley, Membership Education Coordinator spoke to the delegates about the need to be involved in our upcoming Labor/Neighbor activities. Sign-up sheets were handed around. He noted that one way to get back on track for the Labor movement was to elect people who are pro-union to office.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing--SPEEA, Bob Rommel, reported on a petition to represent two people in Florida that are directly tied to an Alcion unit.
Contract Negotiations—SPEEA, Bob Rommel noted they had completed a three year contract agreement with Trimec. He also noted that several ongoing unfair labor practices cases against the Boeing Company were coming to fruition with 2 of 6 heading to trial in the next few months.
Teamsters 38—Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported on the takeaways being asked for by the grocery companies.
M/S/C to grant strike sanction to Teamsters Local 38 in its dispute with area grocery stores.
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
Ann Seabott, Wash Tech-United Way Labor Committee, updated the delegates on the United Way Spirit breakfast noting that Chris Kelly, Letter Carriers 791, was given the Spirit of Labor Award for her work on organizing the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. She reported that the Day of Caring projects were completed in a shorter time than which they were allocated. She thanked the Machinists for the helping with the projects. Another project is scheduled for October 5th. Toys for Tots is coming up and there will be a Dec. 14th work day to pick up toys and organize them for distribution.
President Chapman thanked the Laborers for showing up for the Everett transportation hearing.
Jim Smith, Laborers 292, promoted the KSER 90.7 FM Radio Labor Journal. He introduced John Ruiz who will be helping with the program.
Adjourned at 7:18 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
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: Rick Jurkovic
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1828: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup
IAM 751C: Rod Sigvartson, George Wilson
IAM 751F: Jonathan Holden
IBEW 77: Arlene Cunningham, , Chris Reed, Nicole Reedy
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Damien Fisher, Darrel McLaughlin
IBT 38: Leonard Kelley
IBT 174: No Delegate
IBT 231: Rich Ewing
IBT 763: No Delegate
IBU/ ILWU: Robin Ramsey, David McKenzie
IUOE 302: Rick Cunningham
IUPAT DC 5: Greg Flatmo
IW 86: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Chris Glenn, Doug Scott, Jim Smith
NALC 791: Bob James
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, Suzanne Kamiya-Harding, Marc Murphy, Bob Rommel, Kurt Schuetz
UBC 70: Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade, Ann Seabott
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok
IBEW 77: Jackie Rae
SPEEA: Sandy Hastings, David Simpson
Rick Bender, LIUNA 242
Marcus Courtney, AFL-CIO
AJ Johnson, IAFF 4118
John Ruiz, IAM 751
David Warren, NWWCLC