Local 77 Delegates at the 2016 Idaho AFL-CIO Convention
Lou Walter, Barb Harris, Shaunie Wheeler, Rick Johnson, Austin Nagle, and Kyle Beierle
Shop Steward of the Month - June 2016
Meet Vanessa Schaefer
Shop Steward of the Month - June 2016
Vanessa is currently a Lead Customer Service Representative at Puget Sound Energy (PSE). She has worked at PSE for 11 years, and has been a Shop Steward for 1 ½ years. Rex Habner, the Business Representative for PSE, nominated Vanessa for her hard work and dedication as a Shop Steward at the Bothell call center. According to Rex, throughout all of Puget Sound Energy this is one of the most challenging headquarters for a Shop Steward. Several times a week issues arise and Vanessa has consistently showed genuine concern for her fellow members. She is willing to go to great lengths to stand up for their rights, even travelling up to Bellingham for fact finding meetings. Thank you for the essential work you do in making the IBEW the right choice, Vanessa!
What made you want to be a steward?
I was never involved in the union until I attended a CSR Summit. That weekend, I learned a lot about the union and the good things that can be accomplished when people work together. My Kismet (Melissa Southard) and I decided we wanted to get involved together so we signed up to be shop stewards before the weekend was over.
Tell us about a significant event or one of the best memories you have as a steward?
Working with CO Smith was definitely my favorite thing about being a shop steward. I loved watching him argue with upper management when he didn’t agree with them and I always looked forward to our shop steward lunches with him once a month. At last year’s CSR Summit, a group of us sang karaoke to him as a farewell into retirement. That was very memorable!
What would you tell others who may be interested in being a shop steward?
It's a good starting point if you want to do more for the union but aren't sure where to begin. You learn a lot about the company and people you work for. It’s definitely an eye opener as to the things that go on behind the scenes. It’s also rewarding to help co-workers in need and educate them on what the union can do for them.
IT Negotiating Team
Back Row (L to R): Assistant BM John Cunningham, Tom Shea, Eric VanCamp, BM Lou Walter
Front Row (L to R): Julie Renick, Ann Robinson, Karla Oman, Business Rep. Steve Kovac
Where is Ann Robinson?
Ann Robinson is an IBEW Local 77 member, has an MBA in Engineering Technology, a B.S. in Computer Science/Networking, and is currently in a PhD program.
Ann is a member of our new IT group and on the small negotiating team for their first contract. A couple weeks ago, Department of Neighborhoods (DON) relocated from the Seattle Municipal Tower to City Hall. This wasn't disclosed to the Union. While our members were over at the new space hooking up phone and computer lines they were told that Ann's location had changed. They had moved Ann to an aisle way with a table. Ann was called and told to come over and see her new location. Upon arrival she was very disappointed in the location and lack of a real work space. She had to beg and borrow a 6-foot folding table, two-drawer file cabinet, without a lock, and a chair. The only piece of furniture for her was the table with her computer and phone on it. Local 77 tried to work with the DON to solve the problem. DON had three empty cubicles that Ann could have moved into. We were getting nowhere on this issue. Business Manager Lou Walter spoke with both David Bracilano and Susan Coskey about the situation. Still not much happened until Local 77 told the City they would be picketing City Hall on Friday morning. Picket signs were produced, however, they were never needed as the City has agreed to move Ann into a cubicle.
Member-to-Member Training - February 16, 2016
Fourteen members attended the training with Tracy Prezeau. During the training we brainstormed on ideas on how to show the City that we want progress with our first negotiated contract. One of the strategies we’re implementing is wearing red on Mondays and IBEW77 lanyards daily. In one week, we’ve given out nearly 300 lanyards. You can see by the photos below, we are experiencing success.