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Minutes – March 15, 2017
Thurston Lewis Mason Central Labor Council
Meeting Location: WSLC Office building, Olympia 7 PM
Call to Order: at 7:00 PM
- President: Bob Guenther – 2018
- Vice President: Brandon Anderson – 2018 (E)
- Secretary: Peter Lahmann – 2018 (E)
- Treasurer: Don Cline – 2018
- PAC: Jason Holland – 2018
- Sgt. at Arms: (Vacant)
- Bridget Flory – 2018
- Bing Bristol – 2018
- Debra Solomon – 2018
- T. Paul Schell – 2017
- Karen White – 2019
- Nancy Heley – 2018
Guests – WSLC President, Jeff Johnson spoke with us at length regarding the recent meeting of western state regional Labor Council heads and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Focus on pushing hard to retain/improve ACA, continued strong support of immigrant rights, and info about Janus v AFSCME- upcoming Supreme Court case that would allow public workers to opt out of paying union dues. Shout out to AFSCME Strong- very effective program to fight RTW. Jeff met with new WA State Democrats chair Tina Podlodowski to discuss needs of workers.
Minutes – February 15, 2017 – M/S/C
Presidents Report – Bob Guenther – Bob attended meetings to discuss incentives to attract/keep manufacturers using low-carbon processes; UW biofuel studies – Trans Alta Park would be a great location to build a pilot project; discussed Lakeside Industries in Thurston County – plans to add asphalt recycling process may fare better under new TC Commissioners.
Financial Statements – Don Cline – Treasurer – M/S/C as presented.
Political Update – Jason Holland – shared info about WA bill SB5533, Prohibiting contributions to gubernatorial candidates by entities that collectively bargain with the state- GOP sponsored. WFSE producing short videos featuring workers talking about the vital work they do: http://www.wfse.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Videos
Old Business –
- Per Capita Raise – Vote will be held at June 2017 to ask for a 5-7 cent raise in per capita. Peter has crafted a letter seeking comments from affiliates. Funds from this increase will be used to fight efforts to make WA a “right to work” state (aka Right to Work for Less)
- Labor Day Picnic September 4, 2017 – Washington Park in downtown Centralia is reserved. Carole will contact Citizen’s Band; Affiliates encouraged to bring banners to decorate bandstand
New Business –
- Union Goods and Services- Karen suggested we form a committee, and share info with affiliates. Did you know Girl Scout cookies are made by Teamster workers? Related: Letter Carriers annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive May 13- suggestion that TLMCLC collect union-made Peanut butter
Delegate Reports –
- Debbie shared that American Transparency made public records request on Intercity Transit employees ;
- Bridget suggested we have a booth at Harbor Days displaying Union-made goods and services (Mary Hall, TC auditor contact person) ;
- Paul reported on attending WSLC Education, Training, and Apprenticeship Committee ;
- Bob noted that he’s working to bring unions to the table to discuss how PacMt grant money could amp up region’s apprenticeship opportunities ;
- Don suggested WSLC should look into having a table at school counselor conventions to spread word about apprenticeship opportunities
Swearing in for New Delegates – Tonya Maiava and Cameron Mullins, delegates were sworn in.
Good of the Order – None.
Next meeting –
April 19, 2017 – Teamsters Office, 217 E. Main, Centralia, WA 7 PM