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Pierce County asks unions for wage concessions; you can see the request and two replies from unions here

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2010 at 11:43 am with 2 Comments »
August 31, 2010 11:43 am

We reported today on Pierce County’s request of its unions that they forgo a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise in 2011 to help the county balance the budget.

To give readers more information, we’re attaching copies of the letters Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy wrote to 11 employee unions, as well as copies of replies to the county from two unions. You can read them at the bottom of this file.

Below is the gist of the story (but you can read the entire version <a href="You can read the full story here.“>here: :

Pierce County seeks to hold line on workers’ pay

Pierce County, facing what officials describe as an $8 million deficit, wants its employee unions to forgo the guaranteed 2.5 percent cost-of-living raises written into their contracts.

Executive Pat McCarthy made the request in letters to 11 bargaining groups, saying the concession would “significantly reduce the number of layoffs we otherwise face, and help us maintain service levels to the citizens of Pierce County”

The labor groups have yet to respond to the request, but two unions have asked for more information.

In a letter to McCarthy, Robert Westbrook of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said he couldn’t take the request to his membership without answers to several questions.

“Where would the cuts come from?” he asked. “What service levels would be affected and how? When would the cuts come and where would layoffs be expected?”

Letters to unions

IFPTE reply

Machinists’ response

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. randydutton says:

    Meanwhile Pierce County is paying Ryan Dicks (son of Rep. Norm Dicks) $93,000 per year for 2 years to administer some simple ‘sustainability’ contracts!!!!!!!!

    That was a job that could have been done in house, but instead they ‘rewarded’ Rep. Dicks by employing one of his boys at taxpayer expense.

  2. EatonvilleTaxPayer says:

    I say lay them all off, hire scabs at half the price and get rid of the unions in governmental offices altogether.

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