Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of October 22, 2008
The meeting was called to order by President Chapman at 6:00 PM followed by the flag salute. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved with the following correction: Under contract negotiations report by Eric Wiseman, the local noted should be AFSCME 1020 and not 948.
Executive Board Report/COPE Committee
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that the Board had been polled on a recommendation for endorsement in the Snohomish County Public Utility District, Position 1, race. As a result they were recommending endorsement of Dave Aldrich. Mr. Aldrich had received the Labor Council endorsement 6 years ago, also, and is currently endorsed by IBEW Local 77. Mr. Aldrich spoke to the delegates about current PUD programs and answered questions from delegates regarding energy policy, the PUD¹s energy portfolio, alternative energy, and the use of solar energy panels. Guests were asked to step out during the vote on the endorsement, and it was M/S/C to endorse Dave Aldrich for Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner, Position 1.
Neil Safrin, SCLC Education Coordinator gave an update on the Labor/Neighbor program. 60 volunteers contacted over 700 homes last weekend with education information on election issues and candidates. He noted the following volunteers that have stood out during this campaign season: Darryl Wolk, IBEW 191; Larry Wewell, AFT 1789, Dan Newman, NALC 791 and Mike Rigacci, LIUNA 292. LIUNA 292 has contributed the most volunteers locally. The Letter Carriers have also contributed significantly in terms of volunteers, but their most important contribution, in his opinion, was the number and quality of members released statewide. In particular, he thanked Bob James and J. Kingsbury of the NALC. Darryl Wolk, IBEW 191 received an award for the countless hours he has spent on the phone banks this election season.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells noted the meeting schedule for the rest of the year. The November meeting will be November 19th. In December, we hold an Open House on December 3rd from 5 to 7 PM.
Reports of Unions
AFSCME 948, Randy Kurtz reported that they had an 88% approval vote on the contract. It now goes before the legislature as a line item in the budget.
IAM 751F, Jackie Boschok gave an update on the Boeing strike. She thanked those that had visited the strike lines. She noted that mediation failed because Boeing is not willing to deal with the issue of no-layoffs and the role of sub-contractors in replacing Machinists in the plant. There is a Solidarity BBQ on October 27th at 3 PM at the Everett Machinists Hall. Delegates were invited.
SPEEA/IFPTE 2001, Bob Rommel noted that in the early meetings with Boeing that they and the company had agreement on 28 areas where there were no language changes from the previous contract. They go to the table on Tuesday, October 28th. SPEEA will be leafleting members at the gates on October 27th.
ATU 1576, Rick Jurkovic reported on the on-going, lengthy negotiations with Community Transit. As of September 29th, after mediation, they are at impasse. He noted that CEO Joyce Eleanor has sent a letter to members about the company proposal. The union will be responding. They are also negotiating the contract with DART. They can go to binding arbitration, and will be doing informational picketing at Community Transit.
Other Local Activity
IATSE 15, Tara Heinecke reported the local had an abundance of work for those in need of employment. Please contact her.
UBC 562, Ed Triezenberg reported that they also had work available for some upcoming, major shows in Seattle. His local, Carpenters Local 562, can also be contacted.
IBEW 191, Darrell Chapman reported that the local has been able to put a number of Boeing workers with electrical background to work.
IBEW 77, Peg Chrisman reported that negotiations with the Snohomish County PUD would begin soon. Their contract ends on March 31, 2009.
Good of the Council
ATU 1576, Rick Jurkovic reported on Community Transit¹s attempt to give a contract out to a non-union company through their bidding process. Since public dollars are used, it could not be done legally. He thanked Kathleen Custer, President of ATU 1576 and County Executive Aaron Reardon for their help and support in getting the contract back to Sound Transit.
Bruce Zeller, Department of Labor & Industries introduced the new Compliance Manager for the District, Bob Parker. He discussed recent rule making information and offered delegates information for their locals.
Mark Hintz, Chair, Snohomish County Democrats let delegates know that there was a change in the decision on how the PCO¹s are being determined after the primary. As in the past, only those that receive 10% or more of the highest vote getters in their precinct would be recognized as PCOs. There may be some people, as a result, that have been told they were PCO¹s that are not. Those precincts will have the PCOs appointed. He thanked IBEW 191 for its major support of the party Gala in early October.
Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, passed out and promoted United Way materials, as well as information on where United Way dollars go. She mentioned that the Holiday raffle would be held at the SCLC Open House on December 3rd, and that she is busy gathering prizes.
Adjourned at 7:15 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811S: 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 1576: Christine Brydges, Rick Jurkovic
AWPPW 183: No Delegate
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok
IATSE 15: Tara Heinecke, John Lammon
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman
IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong, Darrell Chapman, Neil Sidhu
IBT 38: Janine Dibble, Rick Olson
IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5:
LIUNA 292: Doug Scott, Rudy Zavala
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 925: Donna Chrisman
SPEEA: Bob Rommel
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker, Terry VanWyck
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
SPEEA: Chris Glenn
Jim Groves, IBEW 191
Tanya Hardin, IBEW 191
Mark Hintz, Chair Snohomish County Democrats
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA
Neal Safrin, ATU 1587
Darrell Wolk, IBEW 191