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					  APPROVED                                                                    MARCH 20, 2003

PROPOSED MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL WORK SESSION OF THE PORT
COMMISSION OF THE PORT OF SEATTLE

The Port of Seattle Commission met in a special work session at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, March
20, 2003 in the Commission Chambers at Pier 69. Commissioners Davis, Edwards, Miller,
Molloy and Nordquist were present.

       1.     CALL TO ORDER

The special work session was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by Patricia Davis, Chair and
President.

       2.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

The work session was recessed to an executive session for approximately two hours and thirty
minutes to discuss real estate and litigation matters.

       3.     DISCUSSION REGARDING EXTENSION OF DOMESTIC PARTNER
              BENEFITS

Presenter: Linda Strout, General Counsel

M. R. Dinsmore, Chief Executive Officer, advised that the purpose of today’s briefing is to
update the Commission on the topic introduced at the March 11, 2003 Commission regular
meeting and to review the research done on this complex issue.

Ms. Strout advised that in 1994, Resolution No. 3152 was adopted extending medical and life
insurance benefits to domestic partners of Port of Seattle (Port) employees, as those made
available to married employees. She noted currently the Port has 46 registered domestic partners
(11 same sex and 35 opposite sex).

Ms. Strout provided an overview of the City/County of San Francisco and the City of Seattle
ordinances requiring contractors doing business with those cities to extend domestic partner
benefits to their employees. Both ordinances apply to all direct, consulting and public works
contracts with exceptions for sole source contracts, joint purchase arrangements with public
agencies and when situations arise when a compliant contractor cannot be located. She advised
administrative procedures are in place for those employees in collective bargain agreements that
show the employer’s good faith effort in working with the union or union trust in allowing
benefit changes to take place to obtain an exception. She noted the San Francisco ordinance also
applies to some leases; the Seattle ordinance does not apply to any leases.

Ms. Strout reviewed litigation brought before the United States Court for the Ninth Circuit
related to decisions limiting the scope of San Francisco’s ordinances and jurisdiction. It was
noted by Ms. Strout that the Port does not have ordinance power similar to the City and County
of San Francisco and the City of Seattle.




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Ms. Strout advised that copies of researched ordinances, litigation and additional data related to
the Port’s in-house contracts were available upon request.

A summary of topics reviewed and Commission/staff discussion is as follows:

In response to Commissioner Nordquist, Rosalee Walz, Director, Human Resource and
Development, advised that application of benefits relating to adopted Resolution No. 3152 were
working well.

While much of the information discussed was from data researched from general-purpose
governments, Ms. Strout advised that as a special purpose governmental agency, the Port’s
implementation would fall primarily on purchasing suppliers and small and major works
contracts.

In response to Commissioners Miller and Edwards, Ms. Strout advised that the Port has not
created a framework against which to evaluate social policy change relating to these issues.
Current Port contracting policies are typical of any landlord, related to bonding and insurance
issues. In response to an inquiry from Commissioner Edwards, Ms. Strout confirmed that King
County and the Washington State Legislature could create policy to regulate these matters.

Tom Tierney, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, reported that the Port is knowledgeable of tenant
benefit information and works closely with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport contractors
through the current Project Labor Agreement.

Commissioner Nordquist expressed his view that while he is pleased with the Port’s benefits, he
is not in favor of dictating or setting rules for those who contract with the Port.

In response to Commissioner Miller, Ms. Strout advised that the San Francisco Seaport dry dock
facility also has been exempted following the Ninth Circuit litigation. Similar policies have not
been implemented in Oakland, California or Portland, Oregon ports.

Commissioners and Lou Pisano, Director, Labor Relations discussed various scenarios
surrounding represented Port employees covered in bargained contracts who may not have
access to equal benefits. Mr. Pisano stated that many union contract plan designs are negotiated,
but ultimately handled by outside private trusts.

Commissioner Davis expressed her view that while the Port of Seattle set the standard for an
employer policy extending equal benefits for domestic partners ten years ago, as a governmental
agency operating in a business environment, it should not interfere in how other companies treat
their employees. Ms. Davis thanked Ms. Strout for the facts presented at today’s meeting.

       4.      ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was immediately adjourned at 3:15 p.m.




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