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  1. REMINDER - Annual Membership Meeting - Wed., 9/22
  2. Election of Officers
  3. Candidate Statements
  4. King County issues Communications Regarding Layoffs in 2011
  5. Meetings & Events Calendar

1. Annual Membership Meeting - Pizza will be served!

All TEA members are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, September 22, from 12-1pm in rooms 5 B&C in the KSC. Pizza will be served for lunch. Volunteers will be requested to help count election ballots.

The meeting agenda is:

President's Report
Candidate Statements - Q&A
WW and Transit Bargaining Updates
Treasurer's Report
Vote Count by Member Volunteers

2. Election of Officers

Ballots for the Election of Officers have been distributed by work-group representatives. If you have not received a ballot and still want to vote, please contact the Secretary, Ken Madden (684-1374). Ballots will be accepted up until the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 22nd.

Nominations for Officers are as follows:

    President               Adé Franklin

    Vice President          Ken Madden

    Secretary               Roger Browne
                            Jim Weber

    Council of Reps Chair   Alton Gaskill
                            Don Marable
                            Sue Michaud

Note: The current Chair of the Council of Representatives, Jan Knudson, submitted a written notice of her intent to resign from the Board at the Annual Meeting date, September 22, 2010. Jan's notice provides an opportunity to fill the position as part of the ongoing officer election process. The successful candidate will fill the position for the remaining 1-year term.

3. Candidate Statements


Adé Franklin -

Greetings, I hope the message finds you well.

My name is Adé. I have been serving you in some capacity, as an active member in TEA, since the very early days - before we were recognized. Over that time I have gotten to know many of the members I will now serve as President. My goal is to serve you in a manner that earns your trust and respect. I recognize that there are many opinions, ideas and approaches to resolve issues. While I cannot promise that we will always agree, I can promise that I will listen and do my best to communicate why and how decisions were made.

I am looking forward to bringing together our collective efforts to overcome the challenges, known and unknown, that lay ahead of us.

One Love...

Vice President:

Ken Madden -

It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the TEA Board. I am excited to be nominated for Vice President, where I will Chair the Grievance Committee. I have served on the Grievance Committee since 2005 and value the work that the committee members do to meet the needs of members who take a stand for fairness and equity. Thank you for your support.


Roger Browne - no statement provided

Jim Weber -

Greetings: I am seeking your support to be the TEA Secretary. I am a civil engineer, with the County for 3.5 years, currently in WTD's Engineering and Technical Resources group. Most of my experience has been with private sector firms as well as an 8 year assignment with Sound Transit's light rail program. I talked to the current TEA secretary, Ken Madden, to make sure I understand the duties of this office. The primary duties are documenting TEA meetings, issuing our newsletter, handling official correspondence and oversight of elections. 30+ years of issuing project letters, documenting meetings, writing technical reports and work with volunteer organizations provides a solid basis for executing the TEA Secretary duties. Additional strengths I would bring to TEA as secretary are:

A book I am currently reading, "Emotional Intelligence at Work", identifies skills necessary to effectively work with others, as well as behaviors that sabotage working relationships. I will not kid you that leadership involves a checklist or that I have the answers all figured out. But I am willing to listen, to be engaged and to use my talents to effectively serve our membership.

TEA secretary requires attention to detail, diligence to regularly attend meetings and commitment to teamwork. If you know me, you will have seen my follow through on commitments. For others, the fact that I have given away more sick days than I have used in my years here is one measure of my commitment to doing my job and helping others as I can. I clearly understand you place your trust in your TEA Board members. I will take that trust seriously.
    ~ Jim Weber

Chair of the Council of Representatives:

Alton Gaskill -

Hello fellow TEA Members -
My name is Alton Gaskill and I am asking for your vote for Council of Representatives Chair. I have been actively involved in TEA since it was recognized by the county, both as Section Representative for the Regulatory Compliance and Land Acquisition Section of the Wastewater Treatment Division, and as a member of the Bargaining Committee. I am currently on the bargaining team for the WTD staff contract.

As a volunteer organization, TEA provides a unique opportunity for its members to participate in and directly influence their labor representation. TEA's future success depends on members volunteering their time to fill the many roles and perform the tasks required. As Council of Representatives Chair, my focus would be promoting communication, participation, and unity within TEA. Diverse viewpoints need to be considered in making good decisions that move the association forward and protect favorable contract terms in the times ahead.

Thank you for your vote.

Sue Michaud - no statement provided

Don Marable - no statement provided

4. King County proposes Layoffs in 2011

On September 15, 2010, King County sent union leaders two emails containing information regarding proposed layoffs in 2011. None of the 125 positions identified are in TEA bargaining units.

On September 17, 2010, King County sent a more detailed spreadsheet showing the number of layoffs (and vacancy reductions) planned for 2011. Copies of the spreadsheet will be available at the Annual Meeting.

5. Meetings and Events Calendar

September 22 Annual Membership Meeting, 12-1pm, KSC 5B&C
September 28 TEA Grievance Committee

October  4 - WW Supervisor Contract Mediation 1-5pm
October  6 - TEA Board Meeting, 12-1pm, KSC 4G
October  8 - Mediation for Transit Spousal Access Fee Grievance
October 13 - TEA Board Meeting, 12-1pm, KSC 4G
October 20 - TEA Monthly Meeting, 12-1pm, KSC, 5B/C
October 26 - TEA Grievance Committee

TEA Board

Roger Browne, President
Adé Franklin, Vice President
Ken Madden, Secretary
Terry Browne, Treasurer
John Phillips, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
Jan Knudson, Council of Reps. Chair