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Northwest Council Committees

Action and Communication Taskforce (ACT)

Chair Rick Mochow 425-294-2179
Vice Chair Jeffrey Forbes 425-237-6582
Secretary David Fritz 425-237-2595

Meeting time: 1st Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

The ACT Committee will promote and enhance member communications, understanding, engagement, involvement, participation and action.

Governing Documents Committee

Chair: David Garrett 425-266-3761
Vice-Chair: Michelle Cooper 253-657-7799
Secretary: Douglas Brazeal 425-865-3416

Meeting time: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m.

To develop changes it deems necessary, based on its own review of the Governing Documents or request of the Northwest Regional Council or other governing body. Reviews Northwest Regional Council action for inclusion in the Northwest Regional Policy Manual. Recommends and proposes new policies as the need arises. Prior to any printing of the SPEEA Regional Governing Documents and/or any amendments thereto, the final draft of said publication must be certified in writing by the chairman or designee of the Northwest Regional Governing Documents Committee.

Labor Delegates

Chair: Daniel Peters 425-373-8657
Vice-Chair: John Dimas 425-965-6812
Secretary: Tony Hickerson 253-657-5406

Meeting time: 4 p.m. - Monday, June 10

Coordinates the efforts of the labor council delegates, develops positions to be recommended to the Northwest Regional Council, coordinates with the Northwest Legislative & Public Affairs Committee and other committees as required, and reports to the Council on their activities. The committee shall coordinate activities with the Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee.

Legislative and Public Affairs Committee (L&PA)

Chair: John Dimas 425-965-6812
Vice-Chair: Mohammed Khan 425-971-6835
Secretary: Jimmie Mathis 425-223-1373

Meeting time: 4th Monday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Analyzes pending state and local legislation/issues at all levels of government and candidates’ positions as they relate to the Northwest Region’s goals and objectives. The Northwest Region L&PA Committee shall meet when called by the chairman. Any federal or international issues impacting more than one region will be referred to the SPEEA L&PA Committee. The committee shall maintain communication with the other regional L&PA committees on issues considered. All legislative or endorsement efforts will be in compliance with the Northwest Policy on legislative issues and endorsements.

Membership Activities Committee (MAC)

Co-Chair: Gordon Yip 253-657-9696
Co-Chair: Tony Hickerson 253-657-5406
Secretary: Roger Aisaka 206-799-7756

Meeting time: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Responsible for planning, implementing and providing social activities for the Northwest regional membership.

New Hire Committee

Chair: Ron Duprau 425-237-0077
Vice Chair: Daniel Peters 425-373-8657
Secretary: Paul Black 425-237-1339

Meeting time: 4th Wednesday of every month from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

This committee will work with the NW Council in developing methods of outreach to new members coming into SPEEA. They will also work with the elected leadership, NW Council and staff to make SPEEA a more welcoming organization to our newer members, and to create opportunities for new members to develop into the SPEEA leaders of the future.

Ombudsman Committee

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Responsible for hearing and assisting those members who feel they have a problem with SPEEA leadership/actions/activities, but do not have charges to file with the Executive Board nor a contractual grievance to be filed and handled.

Women's Advocacy Committee (WAC)

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Chair: Amy Freiburghaus 314-563-7840
Vice-Chair: Catherine Owen 206-544-2606
Secretary: Tony Hickerson 253-657-5406

Meeting time: 4th Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m.

Provides a focus for the Northwest Region on those problems and issues of particular concern to women employees and the regional membership’s families. Provides a source of information, education, and involvement, which will address the Northwest Regional policies, procedures, and contract issues for the benefit of the bargaining units.

Safety and Wellness Committee

Chair: James J. Roberts 425-308-2430
Vice-Chair: James P. Browne 425-327-7961
Secretary: Ross Godwin 562-797-0298


Meeting time: 1st Monday, 3rd Thursday and 4th Thursday (training) every month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The NW Safety and Wellness committee is responsible to:

  • Support appropriate safety policies, procedures and instructions, as well as recommend improvements to underlining safety policies and procedures, as needed.
  • Work with the companies to create a safety partnership to help identify, report and resolve safety concerns.
  • Provide NW staff CA’s, CR’s and AR’s with appropriate safety training to better understand, assist members with their safety questions and concerns and report ongoing workplace safety issues to the NW safety and wellness committee.
  • Provide support and guidance in filing of reports, help in coordination, communicating and recommending the expeditious resolutions with the company.
  • Provide an elevated level of support to members with complex safety issues. Coordinate with members and the companies to verify, report, discuss and resolve or disposition of complex safety issues.
  • Prepare member survey safety questions.

Young Members Committee

Chair: Paul Black 425-237-1339
Vice-Chair: Brian Connolly 425-237-9253
Secretary: Emmanuel Domingo 425-717-0101

Meeting time: 4th Wednesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The Northwest Young Members Committee (YMC) works with the Executive Board, Northwest Council, and staff to develop methods of outreach to the young members in the Northwest region of SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001. The outreach includes working to welcome younger members and special opportunities for all members to develop into the SPEEA leaders of the future.

Northwest Constitutional Committees

Tellers Committee

Chair: Michael Knopp 206-457-7391

Meeting time: 2nd Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

The Regional Tellers are responsible for teller activities of the Region and the installation of the Regional Council and its members.