Letters to the Editor

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TACOMA: Charter review will be an open process

I was surprised and disappointed by the tone taken in the editorial concerning Tacoma’s mandated charter review process (TNT, 2-11). In point of fact, the Charter Review Committee has not yet taken formal testimony concerning the status of the city’s six utilities (the three under the independent board and the three within the general government).

Committee member Ken Miller and I met with Utilities Director Bill Gaines and his deputy, Bob Mack, at Gaines’ invitation and with the concurrence of the full committee. The four of us had a thoughtful two-hour conversation over the current and future state of

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TACOMA: Unfair picture given of union pay

Re: “City union pay, up 13; non-union, 0. How come?” (editorial, 1-27),

As a Tacoma Public Utilities union employee, I must object to the extremely biased presentation of the wage situation with the city’s unions and non-represented employees.

I do not know anyone who has received a 13 percent raise over the past five years. I can only imagine that you were given that figure because one or two unions were so grossly underpaid in the Class and Comp study that the city administration undertook that their salaries had to be raised by 20 percent or more to reach

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TACOMA: Reject ridiculous salary increases

Re: “Council to vote on $4.9 million in pay hikes” (TNT, 5-7).

As a retired Tacoma schoolteacher living on a very small fixed income, I was appalled to read the proposed rate hikes for 400 Tacoma Public Utilities employees. They call it “market-driven rate adjustments.” I call it ridiculous.

Utilities director Bill Gaines’ salary will go from $310,000 to $366,000 – an 18 percent hike! Gaines is making almost as much as President Obama. No wonder our rates continue to increase while our services decrease.

I will be disgusted if this proposal is passed by our City Council. I

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