Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of July 24, 2008
Vice President Boschok read the meeting purpose, and then called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. She announced that President Chapman was in Texas visiting with family. Toni Bohan, SEIU 925 was appointed to sit in the Vice Presidentıs chair. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved with the following corrections: Under the Reports of Unions, the name Patty Goins should be included as the reporter for AFSCME 1811CA. Under Excused absences, the names of Rick Olson, IBT 38 and Rennie Sawade, CWA/WashTech should be added.
M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. Chris Glenn and David Simpson were sworn in.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that there was no quorum present for the July 19th meeting. The Board members present did interview David Personius, a candidate in the 39th Legislative District, but took no action due to a lack of quorum.
Lori Province, WSLC and Neil Safrim, ATU 587 were introduced. They discussed the upcoming Labor/Neighbor walk in the 10th District on July 26th and encouraged participation.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing—IAM 751F, Jackie Boschok gave an update on organizing at the City of Woodinville.
Tech/CWA Curt Eidem reported on
negotiations at the national level with AT&T mobile and Qwest. Their
medical benefits have increased 500% since the last contract was negotiated.
The companyıs proposal on paying for the benefits would take as much as 1/3 of
the salary of lower paid employees. Bargaining has gone from mediation to an
arbitration process. Qwest locals are also bargaining at this time. IBEW 191, David Armstrong noted they have an agreement with contractorsı
representatives. After much discussion both parties came to an agreement to be finalized
Friday, July 25th 2008.The tentative agreement offers $9.75 over 2 years 9
months for the west side and $10.80 over 2 years 9 months for the eastside.
There will be a ratification vote on Monday, July 28th at 7 pm at both the
Everett and Wenatchee halls. See the attached document below for how the money
is to be allocated. ATU 1576, Chris Brydges noted that the opening of
negotiations with Community Transit had been delayed. AFSCME 1811CA, Patty
reported that negotiations with the County had been delayed because the
Executive has not renewed a contract with a negotiator.
Other local issues—IFPTE 17, Geoffrey Crofoot reported concerns with possible budgetary issues at the local health district. It appears they will be $4 million short in the next contract. They are concerned there will be further cuts. IAM 751A, Jason Redrup reported on the recent strike sanction meeting for the Boeing workers they represent. It was an overwhelming yes vote. He noted that Boeing has made over $228 billion in profits recently, and it is the time share with their employees.
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
County Councilman Mike Cooper, 3rd Council District thanked the Council for their help in his election last year. He discussed the revenue picture in the county noting that sales tax revenue has dropped 10%. The Executive will be presenting a budget to the County Council on September 5th. He expects it to be a tight budget with cuts probably necessary. He responded to questions from delegates around the upcoming negotiations and staffing. Jim Smith, LIUNA 292, reported that this would be his last meeting as a delegate to the Council from his local as he is retiring. He mentioned how thrilled he had been the last several years working with the Labor Radio Journal and meeting and talking with community leaders on the behalf of Labor. Delegates gave him a standing ovation for his work. Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, reported that the afternoon Turkey Fry event with John Lovick came within inches of raising a $1,000. She thanked delegates for their support. She also thanked the following unions and individuals for their donations: Teamsters 38, SPEEA, Carpenters 562, Machinists and Bob James and Chris Kelly, Letters Carriers 791. The PSLA will be doing a raffle at Solidarity Night on August 6th. Jim Hutchins, Puget Sound Labor Agency, discussed the co-ordination of the wheel chair ramp program, and the upcoming golf tournament at the State Convention. He noted the recent ramp built for Hank Getchman, IAM member, who passed away recently. Vice President Boschok noted the availability of August 6th Solidarity Day tickets.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:21 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 948: Laura Akers, Randy Kurtz
AFSCME 1355: No Delegate
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
AFT 772: Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751E: Ron Bradley
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok, Tina Wilson
IBEW 191: Jason Armstrong
IBT 38: Mike Campbell, Rick Olson
IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate
NALC 791: Chris Kelly
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan
SPEEA: Chris Glenn, David Simpson
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Curt Eidem, Rennie Sawade
AFSCME 1811CA: Terry VanWyck
AFT 772: Kim Mead
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
LIUNA 292: Rudy Zavala
NALC 791: Bob James
SEIU 925: Donna Chrisman
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
Mike Cooper, Snohomish County Councilman, IAFF 1760
Jim Hutchins, PSLA
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA
Lori Province, WSLC
Neal Safrin, ATU 587, Solidarity Grant Coordinator