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!llL: . L I I~ L ,1[~ i -kJ Page A-28 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 continued from page A-1 As for prohibiting public work stop- pages, state law already prohibits strikes by public employees, she said. If the collective bargaining meetings were open to the public, the union repre- sentatives could refuse to meet, O'Leary said. Union representatives could say this isn't how they do business, declare the city was conducting unfair labor practices and nothing would get done, he said. "Either way we go, we'll be sued," O'Leary said. A court battle with the union or the petitioners could cost the city six figures, he said. The proposed changes need to be di- rected to the state Legislature, not the city of Shelton, O'Leary said. O'Leary said he has respect for the initiative process and the people who gathered the signatures, "but if we challenge (the state), we're going to lose," he said. "The state sets the rules." All three commissioners followed staff advice in declaring the two propositions legally invalid. Commissioner Tracy Moore said the issue puts the city in a "no-win situa- tion." She said she's signed many peti- tions, some without questioning whether they were legally valid, and typically fa- vors proposals involving "transparency." But the commission needs to take the advice of its legal staff, Moore said. THIS WIHTER...PROTECT YOUR IHVESHENT AHD STORE YOUR TOYS WITH US! ,I/Z OFF ml nRST%I ,,i 23270 NE State Rt. 3. Belfair, WA 98528 www.BelfairSelfStorage.com CLEAN' SECURE' PROFESSIONAL' HEATED UNITS OF ALL SIZES' EASY DRIVE'UP ACCESS Win $2014 in additional Mason County Journal advertising just for being a member of the North Mason Chamber of Commerce. Each quarter one lucky chamber member will win an additional $2,014 worth of Mason Counff Journal advertising to help promote their business. Use it to see how advertising in the Mason County Journal can grow your business. 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He said he researched the Freedom Foundation, the conserva- tive Olympic-based nonprofit group that aided the petition drive, and found its donors include Wal-Mart founder Sam Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Walton and billionaire business broth- Shelton resident Eric Smith was ers David and Charles Koch. They are among the 14 people who spoke known for their opposition to unions and during the public hearing on the minimum wage, he said. two propositions regarding city "Some of these groups are anti'Amer- negotiations with its unions at the ican," Olsen said. The proposed initiatives should go to Shelton City Commission meeting the state Legislature, Olsen said.Monday evening. "This is not for Shelton," Olsen said. "This is not on small cities to decide." His ~ we' e quite comments were greeted with applause ~ from the audience, confident legaN actien Mayor Gary Cronce said he has re- spect for any group presenting petitions iS ~n~]~n~ a~ to the city. But "we have to look at the law ... This language does conflict with ~e~li ~e~a~y ~e state law," he said. During the public hearing on the here to assist |n any propositions Monday, city employee Luke Manning said the petition drive ~a~[ ~e ~n~~ was fueled by "extreme right-wing cor- porate donors" from outside Shelton and Washington. Jeff Rhodes, Freedom Foundation "The Freedom Foundation is using managing editor our community as guinea pigs... They're trying to destroy workers' rights city by bor-reform initiatives." The cities that city," he sad. collected enough signatures to put mea- Shelton resident Eric Smith said the pe- sures on the ballot are Chelan, Sequim, tition drive was brought on by the "naves" Blaine and Shelton, he wrote. trying to diminish the power of unions. 'Wee provided advice and moral sup- "To let the haves dictate to the have- port, but Shelton residents put in 100 nots, that's wrong," Smith said. He add- percent of the effort," Rhodes wrote. ed, "This is a blue-collar community. We As for the decision by the Shelton City worked hard to make it the way it is." Commission, 'qCCe're disappointed, but But Shelton resident Pat Tarzwell not at all surprised," Rhodes wrote, "It said the propositions give employees the has nothing to do with the subject matter right to choose to join a union or not and of the ballot measures; politicians at the the public the right to hear city negotia- city, county and state level hate initia- tions with its unions, tives and do whatever they can to thwart "How can we possibly know what's go- them because they don't trust the same ing on in secret meetings?" he asked, voters who put them in office to make Max Nelsen, a labor policy analystsound decisions about anything else." for the Freedom Foundation, said the Rhodes wrote that since the Freedom proposed Collective Bargaining Protec- Foundation is not based in Shelton, it tion Act is about "employee freedom" doesn't have the legal standing to sue the and would give employees the choice to city of Shelton. decide whether to join a union. 'the court challenge will have to come If the commission doesn't pass thefrom one or more Shelton residents," he two propositions or put them on the hal- wrote. "That said, We're quite confident lot, it will violate state law, Nelson said. legal action is forthcoming and we'll cer- In email responses to questions tainly be here to assist in any way we from the Journal, Freedom Foundation can. The people of Shelton deserve the Managing Editor Jeff Rhodes said ac- final say on those measures, and there's tivists in Washington cities responded no question they'll have it. All the city to a blog by member Scott Roberts that (commission) did was put a higher price encouraged communities to sponsor "la- tag on the process." Only 76K miles Grand AT, Clean, clean car Low Miles 3 Row Seating, 4x4 '98 Ford Ranger 4x4 Nice & Clean! '01 CheW 4x4 V-8, AT, Canopy Really Clean! Warranties available '96 Dodge Ram 2500 V-10, AT, 86K Miles, 4x4 & Ready to Tow on all vehldes See Bob, Jackie or Mark