Submitted by Laurie Gonor
August 21, 2020
Called to order @11:00 am via ZOOM (Covid-19 protocol) by President Joe Cadwell
Roll Call of Officers and Delegates:
Present: All officers.
MSP: Excuse all absent delegates.
Invocation: Miguel Perry – dedication to the union cause
A: Ben Basom
New position: Visual Marketing Specialist
Website rebuild – https://www.nwcarpenters.org/
Monthly digital newsletter: Grit – you can get this delivered to your email https://www.nwcarpenters.org/news/grit/august-2020/. See the link at the bottom of the page.
Suicide Awareness and APR Training: https://www.nwcarpenters.org/news/suicide-prevention/
B. Noe Castillo
Visited 3000+ job sites – handed out hand sanitizer and masks
Stewards needed! Steward responsibilities and training program:
ICRA training – only 24 hours. Helps us retain market share in the hospitals and medical centershttps://www.nwcarpenters.org/for-partners/icra/
8000 + hours generated
WA Mask Challenge: made masks for people who needed them
C. Matt Swanson
Right to Work: direct attack on our unions. Montana is the critical place to help us defeat right to work.
D. Dan Hutchins
Contract Administration Report
Improving wages, benefits and working conditions for membership.
Relationship with Millwright Employers Association – long term contract – double digit increase for members
Merger of Industrial Carpenters: 35 additional agreements. Ratified 6 new agreements. 9 still in negotiations
Meetings scheduled weekly for next two months
Membership communication through social media is key to contract improvements
50 contract bargaining agreements are expiring this spring – Montana (where right to work is a critical issue) is one of them!
Training: Contract Negotiation skills classes
E. Evelyn Shapiro
Executive Secretary Treasurer
161 delegates in attendance
Refreshing our image
Improving our Covid-19 response
Improving our staff
Member Engagement is a focus fo the council
Systems – focus is on adjusting to Covid-19 restrictions and staff safety – remote work policy, appealed to governor’s office to make sure that our reps are considered essential workers, IT – in-house IT. IT manager hired. Efforts to stay connected and strengthen strategy are the focus. Consolidation and management of IT resources – hardware, software, etc.
Covid-19: WA hours were down 50% for two months – affects all aspects of union. Working to reset our vision to accommodate changes. Had to lay off 10% of staff.
Bellingham property: got an offer and earnest money – sale expected to close in 10 days
Benefits funds developed extended benefits to cover unique circumstances – all trust funds except one were extended
Training funds – worked hard to reopen training centers to serve apprentices
Online technology growing part of our communication and training strategies
PNCI is the first in the US to launch online training
Masks on job sites – new communication methods and dealing with the heat
Trust merger of OR and WA has been extended one year – Now is a bad time to move our money due to Covid-19 and the upcoming election.
Suicide Prevention Task Force
NOMATIONS FOR OFFICERS:
In alphabetical order by last name for each position.
EST: Evelyn Shapiro
President: Joe Cadwell
Vice President: Samuel Murillo
Conductor: Cory Elliott, Michael Petrich
Warden: James Lopez, Ed Marston
1503 Delegate at Large Nominees: Dale Dvorak, Jason Sheckler
Votes: Jason Sheckler (9 votes), Dale Dvorak (7 votes)
Jason Sheckler will be our Delegate at Large for 1503