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State kicks back union complaint against Washam

Post by Doug Conarroe on Sep. 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm | 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.

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