And the happy, honest, open times continue at Clallam County...
union representing Clallam County employees has won a grievance against the
county and a significant award in arbitration.
officials say they won't honor the award to Teamsters Local 589 because it is
illegal to pay hourly employees for time they did not work and that if forced
to do so, layoffs are possible.
James Lundberg ruled May 27 that Clallam County violated a collective
bargaining agreement when it placed about 45 union employees on a 37½-hour work
week in January of 2014 and again in January 2015.
ordered the county to “cease and desist” from departing from a normal 40-hour
work week and ordered the county to back-pay the affected workers with interest
from Jan. 13, 2014.
we have not precisely calculated that amount, we certainly believe it to be in
excess of $150,000,” Teamsters Local 589 representative Dan Taylor told
commissioners in the public comment period of Tuesday's business meeting.
is unfortunate, because during the last contract negotiations the county's
negotiating team proposed to settle the grievance for just $33,000,” Taylor
"The union negotiating team accepted the proposal and the membership ratified it, only to have the...(County) Commissioners repudiate the settlement and force the union to proceed with arbitration."
to Taylor, County Administrator Jim Jones testified under oath that the county
would not honor the arbitrator's award and would “simply lay off enough
Teamsters to pay for the award” if a court ruled in the union's favor.
confirmed Friday that the county is filing an appeal to overturn the arbitrator's
award on the advice of legal counsel.
way, shape, or form is anybody, least of all me, intending to do anything to
hurt any of our employees," said Jones. " We respect the heck of them.”
Sure, Jim. You respect the heck out of them. That's why you bully them. That's why you cut their hours. That's why you try to bust their union. That's why you allow the courthouse to continue to be a hotbed of dysfunction and dishonesty. It's all because you just respect them so much, and know they can take your abuse - or find the nearest exit.
If this is how you show respect for your own employees, then you must really, really respect your cronies - I mean associates - at the City, the Port, the EDC, etc. After all, Jim Jones and Dim King Jim have been fighting equally hard to give the County's money away to those folks, even when some have cried foul, and said it was illegal. Still, that fight continues.
Now, I know these are different pots of money, and have different sources, different rules attached to them. But still...Symbolically, it sure does make it look like the people running the County have it in for their own employees, while simultaneously wanting nothing more than to give away the store to well-connected cronies and fellow travelers.
Symbols count for a lot to people. So, really, if (as the Supreme Court says) money is speech, this sure does make it look like Clallam County is telling their own workers to fuck off, drop dead and pound sand.