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Northwest Council Committees

Action and Communication Taskforce (ACT)

Co-Chair (North): Rick Mochow 425-294-2179
Co-Chair (South): Mike Arrington 425-919-3564
Secretary: Jeffrey Forbes 425-237-6582

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: Joel Funfar 206-769-2722
Secretary: Jimmie Mathis 425-223-1373

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: Evan Wipf 425-965-6233
Vice-Chair: Jimmie Mathis 425-223-1373
Secretary: John Dimas 425-965-6812

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: Stanley Huang 206-747-5577
Treasurer: Vacant  

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: Catherine Owen 206-544-2606
Vice-Chair: Gordon Yip 253-657-9696
Secretary: Michelle Cooper 253-657-7799

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.

Young Members Committee

Chair: Daniel Peters 425-373-8657
Vice-Chair: Michael Knopp 206-457-7391
Secretary: Stanley Huang 206-747-5577
Treasurer: Ron Duprau 425-237-0077

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: Steve Karich 425-965-2303
Secretary: 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.