Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of July 22, 2009
The meeting was called to order by President Chapman at 6:00 PM, followed by the Flag salute, and the reading of the meeting purpose. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as word processed and handed out.
M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. Bill Keenan, James Trefry, AFSCME 1811 and James Gillan, IFPTE 2001 were sworn in.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells reported that much of the month was taken up with issues regarding Boeing, and recent reports. He has been trying to keep delegates up on issues via e mail.
Screening Committee had met on July 2nd and July 21st. As
a result, six recommendations came before the full Council for action. Acting
on an endorsement requires a 2/3 majority vote. Each recommendation came with a
motion and a second. The recommendations were:
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing—AFSCME Council 2, Bill Keenan reported on organizing activity at the Sno Isle Library. IAM 751, Jackie Boschok reported on organizing at an aerospace company in Idaho. They filed for the election with a good margin. The company terminated 3 people, and threatened the workers with a move to the south. As a result, workers were scared into voting no.
Contract Negotiations—IBEW 89, Ray Egelhoff discussed the selling of Verizon to Frontier. Frontier recently asked employees to take twelve furlough days and then put up $6 billion to acquire Verizon. They believe they are not a viable company and have been fined for inadequate service in New Hampshire. ATU 1576, Rick Jurkovic reported that the local has now been 19 months without a contract at Community Transit. They will go to interest arbitration in September, and have filed some unfair labor practices under violations of the standard operating procedures. IUPAT5, Sue Klinker reported that they had wrapped up an agreement with the Everett Housing Authority. AFSCME 1811, Bill Keenan, reported on problems in negotiating with the City of Lynnwood. A contract had been extended through 2007, but they could not get agreement beyond that. The city, under a previous mayor, hired an attorney out of Yakima who had worked to keep unions out. That same attorney was hired by the new mayor, Don Gough, for negotiations and ultimately paid $262,000. A tentative agreement has finally been reached, however. James Trefry reported that the local is working with the Washington State Nurses Association and the Snohomish Health District to deal with severe funding issues. They may be asking the Snohomish County Council soon for dedicated funding.
Other Local Activities—IBEW 191, Darrell Chapman, reported on the use of poker tournament by the local at the Angel of the Winds Casino to raise funds for charity.
M/S/C to re-establish the Community Services program.
M/S/C to seek funding to support sending Radio Labor Journal representative, Jim Smith, to cover the Washington State Labor Council convention.
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
Jim Smith, Labor Radio Journal, KSER mentioned the concert for health care at the Riverside Tavern in Snohomish at 8 PM this evening with Anne Feeney. Ray Egelhoff, IBEW 89, introduced a local member, Joel Conklin, who may become a delegate. Toni Bohan, SEIU 925, spoke to the COPE process and encouraged those locals with interest as to endorsements to make sure they have someone on the screening committee; ‘We need to hear concerns at that level before recommendations come to the floor.” Bob Rommel, IFPTE/SPEEA 2001, announced the availability of the AquaSox Solidarity Day tickets for the August 5th game. Guy Johnson, UBC 562 requested that a hat be passed to help with funding for the Radio Labor Journal. Chris Glenn, IFPTE/SPEEA spoke in defense of unions, and his concern about the hits they have been taking lately. Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, reported that with donations, the PSLA Turkey Fry took in $2,218.00. She thanked Sheriff Lovick for his help and donation of time to help put it on.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: Bill Keenan, James Trefry
AFSCME 1811CA:Terry VanWyck
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: Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576:Rick Jurkovic
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok, Tina Wilson
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman, John Cunningham, Jackie Rae
IBEW 89: Ray Egelhoff
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman, Robert Ellsworth
IBT 38: Janine Dibble
IBU/ ILWU: Robin Ramsey, David McKenzie
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: Sue Klinker
LIUNA 292: Doug Scott
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan, Donna Chrisman
SPEEA: James Gillan, Chris Glenn, Bob Rommel, David Simpson
UBC 562: Guy Johnson UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA:
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Gloria Parker
AFT 772: Kim Mead
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
Wash Tech/ CWA: Rennie Sawade
Kimberly Cole, Candidate for Lynnwood City Council
Cynthia Edgar, AFSCME 948
Adrienne Fraley- Monillas, AFSCME 341, Candidate for Edmonds City Council
Jim Smith, LIUNA 292