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State kicks back union complaint against Washam

Post by Doug Conarroe on Sep. 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm with 5 Comments »
September 28, 2009 1:29 pm

The state Public Employment Relations Commission has issued a “deficiency notice” on the Teamsters union complaint against Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam.

The notice
, posted on Washam’s Web site Friday, rejects the complaint as filed, but gives the union a chance to refile it.

The Teamsters Local Union 117 filed the complaint with the commission last week. It accuses Washam of several violations of state labor laws for threatening and retaliating against employees and changing hours and condition without negotiating with the union. (Here’s Dave Wickert’s earlier story).

In a three-page letter, David Gedrose, unfair labor practices manager for the commission, says the complaint did not conform with the Washington Administrative Code’s standards in two ways:

• The union lists a variety of alleged violations of unfair labor practices within the past six months, but does not include enough detail about each, such as the date of each violation.

• The facts of the union’s complaint don’t seem to fit with the allegation that he violated the state law on “domination or assistance of a union.”

“A union should not file a complaint alleging employer domination or assistance of a union unless the facts suggest that the employer is violating the statute through such acts as rendering assistance to a union or union officers, supporting a company union or showing favoritism to one union over another during an organizing campaign,” Gedrose wrote. The union also alleges employer interference with employee rights, discrimination and refusal to bargain in violation of the law.

The letter instructs the union to correct the complaint and refile it within 21 days.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. bigmeatgrinder says:

    Oh boy! This oughta get a few people’s panties in a bunch!
    Maybe it’s not going to be as easy as they seem to think…

  2. I think its great that questions are being asked. There are a ton of emotions on both sides of the story. From what I’ve seen so far, there needs to be a closer look at the previous assessor. If its clean then fine, but the serious accusations have been made. I am curious to see how it turns out and if the accusations turn out to factual. If they are, there needs to be a complete look at Pierce County as a whole.

  3. ldozy1234 says:

    getting a strong feeling that the “State” is trying really hard to keep away from Pierce County on all levels of the issue of Assessor past and present. Me thinks there’s enough to Washam’s claims that ANY investigation may shake some other elected skeletons through out Pierce.
    No wonder Pierce is seen as such a joke ………the “aroma” is getting stronger every day and Olympia has turned on the fans trying to dodge the stink.

  4. PrivateCitizen says:

    Are these the same employees and union officials that sat by and did nothing for years while the previous A-T blatantly violated state law and then mislead the public as what was going on inside the assessors office? Where was their concern for state law then? Now that the new A-T has opened up this can of worms, nobody wants to own up to any wrongdoing, they just want to get rid of Washam and hope the whole things goes away with him. All the complaints, lawsuits, and recall attempts in the world won’t erase the fact that these are the employees who helped Pierce County break state law.


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