"Clallam County Commissioners used their Monday work session to look at the salaries of county employees but also gave a hard look at their own compensation as well."
So this is the first (public) step in the follow through from the two right-wing nuts on the County Commission. It started with Jim McEntire, the bearer of multiple pensions, suggesting that he'd be open to cutting his own salary to help balance the budget. Fellow zealot Mike Chapman then chimed in saying they should consider cutting the pay of everyone who works at the County.
Now, never mind that they aren't likely to cut their own pay, and that it would be nearly impossible to cut the pay of everyone working at the County. No, this is Political Theater, a big shock and awe show to distract from what's really going on.
And what's that, you say? Well, let's read a little more from KONP...
"For more than 20 months, County employees in Teamsters Local 589 has been bargaining for a new contract without coming to an agreement. To avoid an impasse, the Public Employment Relations Commission has their mediator, Page Garcia, draft a proposal.
The proposal is already backed by the union, but they did so accepting the proposal as is without any changes. After a review by the County Commissioners, two portions of the proposal seemed to be sticking points. One of the issues indicates that all grievances presently filed by the union will be withdrawn, but that the County will pay $33,000-dollars to the union to expunge those complaints."
Oh, so that's it. They're just trying to bully the Teamsters into settling multiple grievances for a pittance. That stiffs the people who have filed those grievances, while at the same time offers up what amounts to a $33,000 bribe to the Union itself. Both of those moves would then serve to further undermine trust in the Union and the grievance process going forward. A sweet little deal - at least for the sociopathic sleazebags who are proposing it.
All these shenanigans also point to the fact that the County's budget is, in fact, in trouble. After all the years of being able to say the budget was strong, they were debt-free, etc., the bills are coming due for Clallam County. So I wouldn't be surprised if part of this was preparing for Jim Jones to retire ("Hey, it's not my problem any more!") to make way for the next incompetent good ol' boy to be put into his job ("Hey, I didn't wreck the budget!"). Again, this would provide just enough denial to go around for everyone.
Oh, and let's be clear. IF and I do mean IF, there are any salaries that the Commissioners really do try to cut, why do I suspect that they will be for people who are named things like Selinda and Sheila?