Community Relations, Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters
Labor & Community Involvement/Political Action Past and Present Current Community Relations/Lobbyist for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters - Former Assistant Executive Secretary, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO - Member of Ironworkers Local 86 Member since 2010 (widow of JIW L114 Member) - and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612 Member since 1983 - routine participant in: UBC Local 129 Carpenters, IUOE Locals 302/612 Apprentice Selection Committee - Washington Highway Users Federation - Capital Projects Advisory Review Board, Unemployment Insurance Advisory Group, Workers Comp Advisory Group, Prevailing Wage Advisory Group - Co-Chair DOSH Construction Advisory Council - Washington Learns, K-12 School Facilities Advisory Group -Center for Occupational Health Education Advisory Committee - Kids Chance Board - WA Evergreen Jobs Team - IUOE Local 612 Delegate to the Pierce County Building & Construction Council and Pierce County Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Washington State Labor Council Committee Member on Economic Development and Transportation, and formerly the Apprenticeship and Education Committee, and WSLC Women's Committees - Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Grant Committee (now SHIP) National Association of Women in Construction, Legislative Volunteer, and Block Kids Coordinator, Tacoma Chapter #187 Career Day Outreach Advocate for Apprenticeship in the Construction Trades - Workers' Memorial Day Promoter and Volunteer Outreach to Surviving Families of seriously Injured and Fallen Workers Public and Private School Fundraiser Community Volunteer - Labor Neighbor Volunteer and other Labor Political Action Committees - recipient 2008 Elsie Shraeder Outstanding Achievement in Labor Award WSLC AFL-CIO Convention
Work History 2012 to present - Community Relations and Lobbyist for the PNWRCC - 2004 to 2012: Assistant Executive Secretary of the Washington State Buildingand Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO coordinating legislative and policy efforts on behalf of Local Building Trades Unions and Councils to improve Member's working conditions, job creation andto advance the construction industry sector, to promote apprenticeship utilization and Core Curriculum education for our Members
1983 to 2004: Currently eligible for dispatch as Journeyman Trades oman Operating Engineer- primarily heavy highway construction including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project for Tacoma Narrows Constructors; & public and private construction work in King, Mason, Thurston, Lewis and Pierce Counties
2003: Volunteer organizer on campaigns and job actions of area contractors on public and private works construction projects statewide
2002-2001: Legislative and Educational Coordinator for REBOUND, coordinating lobby efforts before the State Legislature, Departments, Cities and Counties, and between Building Trades Affiliates, other union representatives, agencies and business groups to protect and improve wage standards, responsible public works construction rules and practices and environmental protections
2000-1983: Worked my Trade, primarily heavy highway construction, including private works throughout Washington (survived my husband's job-related death & maintained my job while raising an infant son and preschool daughter)
1982-1978: Governmental Liaison Affairs staff for Dr. Buster Brouillette, Superintendent of Public Instruction, lobbied the Washington State Legislature, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education for funding of WA's education programs
1978-1975: Washington State Community College System, Management Information
Systems staff member, Secretary to the State Board and Staff managing the statewide community college computer data systems. Worked with Arbitrator Dr. Bundy on school district negotiations
1975: Personal Secretary to U. S. Representative, Congressman Don Benker from the Third Congressional District of Washington (when the 3rd CD encompassed the entire Peninsula and SW WA up to the Nisqually River
1974: Washington State House of Representatives, Office of Program Research served as Secretary of the Commerce and Labor, Constitution and Elections, Insurance, Ecology, and Agriculture Committees
National Labor College's Building Trades Leadership Training Session graduate - Completed 6,000 hour Apprentice from the International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 302/612 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program with certification from the NCCCO as a Rigger, and PAT System Computer Training for Crane Load Security - Graduate of ANEW (Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women) program at Renton Vocational College - Completed Labor Education Research Center (LERC) Summer Program for Labor Training and Community Outreach at Reed College, Portland, Oregon - Attended the Evergreen State College, Management in the Public Interest Program - 1973 graduate of R. A Long High School, Longview, Washington.
Family & Interests
Mother and surviving parent of two accomplished young adults, Steffany a university graduate working in the design industry, and Skyler in post secondary education. I enjoy time to garden , read, ski, hike, cook for family & friends, and escape by boat to stargaze with Marty, the last resident granted access to Protection Island in the Straight of Juan de Fuca.