Re: “Deal would give back 3 percent wage cuts” (TNT, 9-16).
Gov. Chris Gregoire had negotiated the “restoration” of a 3 percent wage cut with state employee unions. This increase was granted even though unemployment remains high, the economic forecast has not improved, and inflation and the cost of living have not increased.
But there’s no doubt that union contributions to Jay Inslee’s campaign will increase and that, if elected, he will return the favor by granting even higher wages and benefits to state employees regardless of the state’s economic performance.
Private sector taxpayers are double losers in this game as they not only have to fund it, but have no one they can pay off to shield them from economic reality.