Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of May 26, 2010
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Chapman. The flag salute followed. A short recess was called for to honor Vice President, Jackie Boschok, who is retiring from her job with Machinists 751. Vice President Boschok received a thank you from President Chapman and presented with a plaque. She spoke on her history with labor and the Machinists. This was followed by the call back to order, the reading of the meeting purpose and approval of the minutes of the previous meeting.
M/S/C to seat the new delegates who were present. The following delegates were sworn in: Keith Jacobson, ATU 883; Kim E. Dove, IAM 751A, and Mark Samuelson, IBEW 46.
Candidates: Lillian Kauffer, State Senate Candidate, 44th District thanked the Council for its support and endorsement. She spoke to her support for issues affecting labor, and the need for change in Olympia. Jim Kenney, Candidate for Snohomish County Prosecutor noted he received the Democratic nomination and thanked the Council for its well-qualified ranking. Eleanor Walters, Candidate, 39th District State Representative spoke on her work history and membership in a union before moving on to management. She wants to be a strong working class advocate in Olympia.
Secretary Treasurer Sells stated that the focus for the meeting would be jobs. He spoke about several jobsí bills coming up in this session.in Congress. He discussed the request for calls to Washington legislators concerning the Jobs Act currently in Congress. He introduced Diane McDaniel, IBEW 46, to talk about Referendum 52. She explained it would provide bonding for over $500 million and would result in thousands of jobs for the trades in fixing school energy and safety needs. She is currently working on fundraising for the referendum.
Secretary-Treasurer also discussed the Initiative 1082 aimed at turning over injured worker compensation to private insurers, and the AFL/CIO resolution on immigration. Delegates were asked to carry the information back to their locals.
REPORTS OF UNIONS
Organizing—Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, gave an update on a recent case involving a worker dismissed for union activity.
Contract negotiations—Sue Klinker, Painters Dist. 5, reported they are in negotiations now with Drywall contractors. She mentioned a surprise asbestos check at the Everett Housing Authority that showed 22 citations. EHA has fired the contractor.
Ray Egelhoff, IBEW 89, reported that the FCC had approved the sale of Verizon land line business to Frontier. Their contract expired May 22nd, and they have started negotiations. The company is asking for a number of take backs.
Steve Chandler, IBT 38 reported on ratification of three contracts, and noted they are currently in negotiations with Coca Cola in Marysville. They are jointly negotiating their grocery agreement with UFCW 21. Negotiations with Haggins and Everett Pipe and Steel start in June.
Mark Samuelson, IBEW 46, reported they are currently working on small shop negotiations.
Other local activity—Jackie Boschok, IAM 751F, reported on fundraising activities by IAM 751 to benefit Guide Dogs of America. They are: Ninth Annual Flight for Sight Fun Run & Walk at the Everett Boeing Activity Center on June 5th; The 8th Annual Puppy Putt motorcycle ride starting at the Harley Davidson in Marysville and Lacey on June 19th; The August 14th Steel & Wheels Supershow of incredible cars and bikes at the IAM 751 Parking lot, 8729 Airport Road; and the Machinists Union Liberty Bowl at Glacier Lanes in Everett on Sept. 12th.
Guy Johnson, UBC 562, reported on the Carpenters in Action project to raise awareness of the need to hire qualified and professional contractors.
John Gage, IAFF 46, reported that IAFF Local 46 members would be collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on June 5th. They go out to busy areas and ask people to fill empty boots with donations each year. He also thanked the community and labor for its recent support of the EMT levy.
Leonard Kelley, IBT 231, SCLC representative to statewide COPE, reported on the statewide COPE meeting and some of the controversy with this yearís endorsements. Jason Redrup, IAM 751A, SCLC delegate to statewide COPE noted it was one of the more interesting COPE endorsement conventions. There were concerns from different unions for a number of different reasons over legislative candidates this time. He mentioned that the Workers Privacy Act was still in the mind of many Machinists. Randy Kurtz, AFSCME 948, SCLC delegate to statewide COPE stated he felt the time frame for making decisions made it a little difficult in dealing with some races. He pointed out that as a state employee when the economy goes bad the demand for state services grow. That makes the state cut backs and furloughs that much more difficult to deal with.
M/S/ to recommend the endorsement of Eleanor Walters for State Representative, 39th District, Pos. 1. (Final action is taken at the next meeting.)
Jason Redrup, IAM 751A, discussed going to D.C. to meet with Congressional members regarding the tanker contracts. It is going to need a lot of work to get it there.
GOOD OF THE COUNCIL
President Darrell Chapman, IBEW 191, encouraged people to attend the Rep. Larsen fundraiser on June 2nd.
Jim Smith, Laborers retired, discussed the KSER Radio Labor Journal programs.
Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency, reported that the recent Letter Carriers Food Drive in Snohomish County netted over 338,000 lbs of food. She gave out the forms for the United Way Spirit of Labor Award. She outlined the upcoming partnerships for school back packs this fall. She asked for help in selling parking spaces on Saturday at 5 PM during the Carrie Underwood conference at the Events Center.
Don Shove, IAM 751A briefly reported on United Way budget processes, and the struggle with having the needed funds.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:21 PM
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA:Gloria Parker, Terry VanWyck
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty
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 883: Keith Jacobson
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges, Rick Jurkovic
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 46: John Gage
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 130: David Volkmann
IAM 751A: Kim Dove, Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751F: Jackie Boshok, Tina Wilson
IBEW 46: Mark Samuelsen
IBEW 89: Ray Egelhoff
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman
IBT 38: Tammi Brady, Steven Chandler, Janine Dibble, Rick Olson
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: Sue Klinker
LIUNA 292: Dan Christofferson
NALC 791: Bob James
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26: No Delegate
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan
SPEEA: Lynn Burow, James Gillan, Chris Glenn, Bob Rommel
UBC 562: Guy Johnson
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade
AFSCME 1811CA: Patty Goins
LIUNA 292: Doug Scott
SPEEA: Sandy Hastings
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
Juan Cruz, LIUNA 292
Lillian Kaufer, Candidate for 44th District Senator
Jim Kenny, Candidate Snohomish County Prosecutor
John Lehman, Jr., UBC 562
Tom McConnell, IATSE 15
Diane McDaniel, IBEW 46
Darrel McLaughlin, IBEW 191
Miquel Perry, PNWRCC
Jim Smith, LIUNA 292
Eleanor Walters, Candidate 39th District House