Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of March 23, 2011
The meeting was called to order by President Chapman at 6:00 PM. It was followed by the flag salute and the reading of the meeting purpose. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231 was appointed to the Secretary-Treasurer’s chair for the meeting. Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sells was excused from the meeting due to the Washington State Legislative session. A correction was made to the minutes: Grace Holland not Grace Collins under Good of the council. The minutes of the previous meeting were then approved.
M/S/C to seat the new delegate. Matt Clark was sworn in.
Lynne Dodson, WSLC Secretary-Treasurer was the guest speaker. ST Dodson addressed the issues resulting from the worse income disparity since 1929. Last year 100% of the income increase went to the top 10% income level. Top 400 earn more than 60% of the population.
She reported that Snohomish County Labor Council’s Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sells, who also serves as a legislator from the 38th District, is doing great work in Olympia for the people of the state.
Commenting on the cuts to services, ST Dodson remarked that you can’t get out of a recession by taking away jobs. She also reported on the Senate’s Compromise and Release Bill that would result in $1.8 billion taken out of assisting injured workers.
She asked that everyone in attendance call the Governor and Senator Steve Hobbs and say ‘No Compromise and Release”.
ST Dodson spoke about the “We Are One” rallies happening all over the state. She encouraged everyone to try and be at the rally at the Peace Arch (April 2) and the big rally in Olympia on April 8.
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer sent a report on the legislative session so far. President Chapman read it to the delegates.
There was no unfinished business.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing Reports—ATU 1576, Rick Jurkovich reported on a successful organizing drive.
IBEW 191, Darrell Chapman reported that IBEW was being flooded with calls from workers who want to organize. He said that it proves wrong those who say we can’t organize in a down economy.
Contract Negotiations—None were reported
Other Local Activity— IAM 751 is doing their annual fundraising benefitting Guide Dogs of America. Their all breed “Puppy Putt 9” is scheduled for June 18th this year. If anyone would like more information: www.puppyputt.com
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
Executive Board Member Randy Kurtz announced that his marriage has been rescheduled for April.
Jason Redrup, IAM 751, reminded the delegates that Workers Memorial will be April 27th at 5:30 at the Workers Memorial at the County Courthouse. Guy Johnson, UBC 562, has volunteered to clean the site for the ceremony and will be doing so on April 16th if anyone would like to help.
Ed Triezenberg, UBC 562 reported that the Carpenters were reorganizing and as a result opened a new local in Mount Vernon that incorporates the previous Everett, Mount Vernon and Bellingham locals.
Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, announced that in conjunction with the other “We Are One” rallies, there would be on in Stanwood on April 7th starting at 4:30 across the street from Twin City Foods. He invited the delegates to come join in. He also called on Senator Steve Hobbs to stop using a few labor supportive votes for the Building Trades as a trade off on his support of this year’s anti-worker bills.
Eric Wiseman, AFSCME 1020 urged delegates and their neighbors to call cities and the state and complain about every pot hole and other infrastructure problems
Jim Smith, LIUNA 292 talked about the Radio Labor Journal. He also said he would be going to the locals and asking for donations to help offset some of the expenses such as gasoline.
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA reported that the 1st Amendment Scholarship Auction raised $10,000 for their scholarships. She reported that there were free tax preparation sites. The Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” was May 14th and Team Leaders would be needed.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 PM
Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, SCLC Trustee
AFSCME 109E: No Delegate
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 113: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811JPD: 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
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 883: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Rick Jurkovic
AWPPW 183: No Delegate
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
GCIU 767M: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Mark Clark, Jason Redrup, Brent Sanchez
IAM 751C: Christopher Louie
IAM 751E: Guerdon Ellis
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok, Grace Holland
IATSE 15: John Lammon
IBEW 46: No Delegate
IBEW 77: Chris Reed
IBEW 89: No Delegate
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman
IBT 38: Steven Chandler, Janine Dibble
IBT 174: No Delegate
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IBT 763: No Delegate
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: Greg Flatmo, Sue Klinker
IW 86: No Delegate
LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson, Chris Glenn, Doug Scott
NALC 791: Bob James
OPEIU 8: Janice Herrera
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild: No Delegate
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 6: No Delegate
SEIU 1199NW: No Delegate
SMIU 66: No Delegate
SPEEA: James Gillan, Bob Rommel, David Simpson
UBC 70: Guy Johnson, Ed Triezenberg
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins, Terry VanWyck
AFT 772: Kim Mead, Mike Sells
AFT 1873: Steven Horn
Sheryl Barker, President Local 109E
Audrey Gunderson, OPEIU 8
Victor Harris, SNOCO Dems
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA
John O’Keefe, OPEIU 8
Don Schwab, IAFF 38
Jim Smith, Radio Labor Journal