ILWU Local 9

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

September 18, 2018 Minutes

Sep 182018


Meeting started at about 1605 in attendance was:
Marcos A. Galan President
Viola Farris—SAC also executive Board Member
Teri Hislop—SOC—also executive Board Member
Cecille V. Eaton- CSS
Desmond Reid- CSS
Christine Schreiber -CSS

What was shared at the beginning with the members was the original timeline that was shared with the Executive Board Members back in August is as follows:

Timeline from March 22nd up until now.

  1. March 22, 2018 was advised of 7 SAC’s under investigation with an independent By Debra Diamond and independent investigator hired by the Port of Seattle Security Management.
  2. March 27, 2018 was advised by Labor Relations Manager Mathew Bullock that all 7 SAC’s under investigation statements were complete and that they would get back to all parties involved soon.
  3. April 10, 2018 Grievance with Maritas Strong and gate E-160 questions were pushed back for discussion by Labor Relations due to lack of information from the Port of Seattle itself to respond to those grievances filed.
  4. April 11, 2018 meetings with Labor Relations Manager and Dave Richardson over Evolv machine not working correctly and reports from FES personnel given to them as well.
  5. April 12, 2018 A second request for the information that was used during the Debra Diamond investigation the initial one was asked for back on March 27th with no success. The Union also received an offer to the ADA folks from Port of Seattle legal about a possible accommodation proposal that was sent to ILWU Local 9 Legal Advisor Terry Costello.
  6. May 2, 2018 Labor Relations again advised they wanted to push back start of the rotating schedule for the SAC group due to ongoing discussions with ADA folks. MOU was agreed upon per the Port of Seattle request.
  7. May 8, 2018 ILWU President along with guidance from Legal Advisor Terry Costello sent counter proposal for the Washington Sick Leave Law that was passed and recognized by the state that the Port of Seattle had originally talked to the Union and proposed what we felt went against and or did not meet state standards.
    Currently we are at a stage where we are waiting for a response to tw0 items that need to be approved by Port of Seattle legal: 1-the use of EI immediately and no longer using PTO for the first 2 days before you can use any kind of EI. And 2-the percent that would increase from 020 to what the Port of Seattle had to increase is 025 which is the currently used as the minimum. The Port of Seattle is offering to the non-represented employees 028 the last offer we gave was 027 as a counter. We are currently waiting for a response.
  8. May 29,2018 appointment of 3 new leaders/shop stewards for the FES group to assist with ongoing changes/issues with the FES group and management due to changes in management leadership.
  9. May 30, 2018 started working with FES leaders/shop stewards along with supervisors to try to get a schedule that would work for all FES personnel and supervisors alike and that would recognize pay differential accordingly to present to upper management (Wendy Reiter and Dave Richardson interim manager for the FES group.
  10. June 4-8, 2018 All titled officers attended the ILWU International Convention in Portland Oregon.
  11. June 8, 2018 We were called by Lisa Rousseau about the recommendations from Port of Seattle Labor relations Manager Mikel O’Brien that 7 SAC’s are under investigation. Mr. Chabot and Mr. Weatherly would be terminated and that they would be placed under Administrative leave pending their Laudermill hearing. It was recommended that Mr. Costales have at least 1-day suspension. The other 4 would just get letters of discipline in their files was the recommendation
  12. June 15-16, 2018 Laudermill is pushed back by Port of Seattle as they still had not given the Union any of the information requested by the Union to start a rebuttal for both Mr. Chabot and Mr. Weatherly and the 5 other SAC personnel.
  13. June 20, 2018 finally receive word from Port of Seattle Lawyers that they have all material used for the investigations of the 7 SAC’s and ready to disclose only to President Galan and the Union Lawyer Terry Costello and forms needed to be signed by us both before we could get the thumb drives that had the information requested.
  14. June 21, 2018 A request by President Galan to the Port of Seattle for more time to review information was asked for as the Port only wanted to give me 4 days to look at the information. Labor relations agreed to push back date to allow me time to review for rebuttal for all SAC’s under investigation.
  15. June 21, 2018 A request for CSS personnel to staff the art wall door by TSA to Security management for employees holding orange badges was talked about and implemented and an SOG developed using some/most of STS/NTS exits verbiage.
  16. July 12, 2018 President Galan asked for a little more time to go over SAC’s investigative material as we had to speak to the Union Legal at this point for legal verbiage and strategy. This also included ADA Lawyer Matthew Bean.
  17. July 20th, 2018 Laudermill day for Mr. Chabot, Weatherly and Costales set and was done. Aviation Security Director Wendy Rieter and Labor Relations Manager Matthew Bullock were present to represent the Port of Seattle and all titled officers were present representing ILWU Local 9 and Mr. Matthew Bean representing both Mr. Chabot and Mr. Weatherly due to termination threat. Decision forthcoming later.

This timeline just skimmed the surface of the ongoing discussions and issues we have been facing the Local 9 Union that was explained to the members in attendance. My hope is that the attendance for the next meeting will be greater so that as your titled officers can hear more from each bargaining unit so that when we start looking at writing a new contract proposal we can include as much as possible that YOU as a union would like to see us negotiate for you.

I then opened it up for some questions and answers time.

Some topics talked were about:

  • CSS Questions/concerns
    • Part time/seasonal could we change that verbiage?
      It won’t change since the CSS’s work around construction schedules. The CSS’s need to remember that 40 hours a week is not a guarantee and that bumping has been looked at with management Seniority for bumping is always based on seniority each shift.
    • FES positions offered to CSS’s?
      I am currently working with management on this issue and will have an answer at a future meeting.
      o Status of staffing the A & C Concourse exits that was offered by TSA to the Port.
      Due to many variables and concerns, this was pulled off the table per Wendy Reiter, Director of Security for the Port

  • CSS & SAC Interests:
    o Moving forward I will be looking at negotiating the South STS Exit and the North STS Exit to bring up CSS’s to full time SAC positions. I believe the leverage I will have now is that these positions that were supposed to be on a temporary basis are no longer temporary (these have been positions for 2 years) and need to be filled by a full time SACs.

  • All groups
    Moving forward after the JANIS ruling, by the SCOTUS, I believe it will be in the best interest for Local 9 to be run more like a business. Questions that have arisen of “Why pay union dues?” I can best answer by thinking of the union like an insurance policy. You many not need it all the time, but when you do, you will be glad you have it. A small premium for ‘full-coverage’. Those who decide to opt-out, will still be represented per the JANIS ruling, but will receive an itemized bill for representation if disciplinary actions arise. We have consulted with the ILWU Local 9 lawyer and he indicates this Is a legal option for unions. This is not the direction we would like to go, but I feel this will be protecting the interest of those members who regularly pay their dues.

As always feel free to speak with any of your titled officers or executive board members whenever you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Remember this is OURunion.

In Solidarity,
Marcos Galan
ILWU Local 9 President



Local 9 Executive Board Meeting

Oct 282015

Local 9 Executive Board and Members Meeting will be on November 13, and will be held at the Des Moines library.

Executive Board: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Members: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Des Moines Library
21620 11th Ave S
Des Moines, WA 98198