Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of September 26, 2007
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman, followed by the flag salute and the reading of the meeting purpose. It was M (Shove, IAM751A) S (Kurtz, WFSE 948) C to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.
The new delegates were not present, and no seating action was taken.
George Appel, Candidate for appointment to Superior Court, Position 15, gave his background for filling the position. It will be appointed by the Governor in November, and he is requesting a letter of support. He is currently a member of AFSCME 1811PA, a prosecuting attorney, as well as a judge pro tem.
Executive Board & Staff Reports
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported on the meeting of the COPE Screening Committee. The following motions were brought forth for a vote by the committee:
M/S/C to send a letter of support to Governor Gregoire for George Appel to fill the Superior Court, Position 15 post.
M/S/C to endorse Richard Marin for Edmonds City Council, Position 6
M/S/C to endorse Don Wlazlak for Marysville School Board, Position 2
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported on vesting legislation that may be proposed by UFCW and others in the next session. Representatives met with the Board for support.
Bob Zappone, UBC 562 was asked to report on Proposition 1, the Roads and Transit issue on the November ballot. It is supported by the WSLC and polling shows it at 57% at this time.
Allyn Triezenberg, SCLC Administrative Asst., reported on Employee Free Choice Act posters that were available. She thanked the delegates and participating locals for a successful Solidarity Night this year. She reported that for the first time in several years donations covered the cost. Although total attendance was down those that attended had a great time. We will work next year to have the tickets out even earlier. She gave an update on the planning for the Martin Luther King Jr. annual celebration on January16, 2008. We will be participating and asking affiliated unions to attend and help financially.
Reports of Unions
Travis Patterson, IBEW 191, reported on the manpower crunch in the trades. They are organizing many new members into the union as a result.
Local Union Activity
Jackie Boschok, IAM 751F, reported that Boeing was having a problem getting trained employees. Work Source has been asked to partner with the company and the union to assist people in getting the necessary training. She also invited delegates to an event on Saturday, November 3rd at the Seattle Machinists hall on the future of the labor movement. They will be holding an auction at that event to help the Families of Victims of Violent Crime.
Don Shove, IAM 751A, noted about how during the last Boeing layoffs, continuing education had been forgotten for those laid off. The company did not think about the long term effects of getting rid of 7,000 to 12,000 members, and not providing for their possible return.
Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191, reported that Matt Carroll of IBEW 89 has been hired as an International Organizer.
Bob Rommel, SPEEA/IFPTE 2001, invited delegates to a SPEEA forum on public financing of campaigns. Rep. Joe McDermott and Senator Eric Oemig would be speaking along with representatives of Washington Public Campaigns. The event will be held at the Everett SPEEA office at 5 PM on October 2nd.
Mike Sells, EEA/UTE 772, invited delegates to the October 3rd, 7 PM siting forum for the new University of Washington branch campus. It will be at the Everett Events Center.
M (Minchew, EEA/UTE772) S (Rommel, SPEEA2001) to endorse David Simpson for Everett City Council, Position 7. (The motion will be voted on at the October 24th meeting in accordance with the SCLC Constitution.)
M (Downey, IAFF46) S (Shove, IAM751A) to endorse Shannon Affholter for Everett City Council, Position 7. (The motion will be voted on at the October 24th meeting in accordance with the SCLC Constitution.)
Good of the Order
Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, noted that they had raised almost $600 at the Solidarity Night Raffle. She thanked SEIU for its donation of school supplies. She invited delegates to participate in the United Way Day of Caring on Saturday, September 28th. On October 13th, the Shop for a Cause event will be held at the Everett Mall. The Families of Victims of Violent Crimes will be holding an event at the Everett Events Center on October 30th.
Jim Smith, LIUNA 292, encouraged delegates to listen to the Radio Labor Journal on KSER FM 90.5 the last Monday of the month.
Don Shove, IAM7 51A, reported on Lions Club outreach to cover supplies for every third grader in three schools.
David Simpson, SPEEA 2001, thanked those that supported him during the primary race. He noted that he had the endorsement of Machinists 751, AFSCME 113, and UBC 562. He noted that he had served on the Everett City Council from 1997 to 2001 and had been a member of the Charter Review Commission.
Don Hopkins, Candidate for Everett Port Commission, thanked the Council for its support for his re-election.
Mike Cooper, Candidate for County Council, Position 3, thanked the Council for helping during the primary. He noted that 55% of those going to the polls in the primary had voted to support him. He did feel that independent expenditures would be coming in the form of hit pieces and would therefore need increased financial support. He is looking to raise $30,000 by October 19th. He thanked SEIU 1199NW for its doorbelling on weekends, and noted that his campaign would be covering every precinct, and had covered most of them already. They would be going back to hit some of them twice.
Jackie Minchew, EEA/UTE 772, thanked those that had helped in his campaign and personally endorsed David Simpson. He invited delegates to a Sustainable Energy Fair , Solar and Green Building Tour, 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, October 6th at the PUD. It is sponsored by Green Everett. He recommended a CD of labor songs by Joe Jenks, and noted the availability of his group, the Three Chord Progressives, for events.
M (Kurtz, WFSE 948) S (Glenn, SPEEA 2001) and C to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 948: Randy Kurtz
AFSCME 1355: No Delegate
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
AFT 772: Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 46: Bob Downey
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751E: Ron Bradley, Guerdon Ellis
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok, Garth Luark,
IATSE 15: John Lammon
IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong, Darrell Chapman, Travis Patterson
IBT 38: Rick Olson
IBU/ ILWU: David McKenzie
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Jim Smith, Rodolfo Zavala
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:
SPEEA: Chris Glenn, Bob Rommel, David Simpson
UBC 562: John Noble, Bob Zappone
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA:
IAM 751C: Dave Brueher, Hank Getchman
IAM 751E: Guerdon Ellis
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
NALC 791: Bob James
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade
George Appel, AFSCME 1811PA, Candidate for Superior Court Judge
Mike Cooper, IAFF 1760, Candidate for Snohomish County Council
Don Hopkins, Port of Everett Candidate
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA