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+ Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-13 Deer graze Sept. 30 at Jarrell Cove State Park on Harstine Island. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks .S continued from page A- 1 Nevertheless, "we have a legal system that allows a process to challenge politicians and cities ... They have the right to challenge the system," he said. The two propositions, which would change how the city of Shelton negotiates contracts with its union em- ployees, garnered more than 600 petition signatures. The first proposition, called the Collective Bar- gaining Transparency Act, would require that the city notify employees and members of the public be- fore meetings between city staff and commissioners and the bargaining unit. It also would require that all meetings on collective bargaining be open to the public. The second proposition, called the Collective Bar- gaining Protection Act, would prohibit union security clauses, or a contractual requirement for employees to maintain union membership. It also prohibits the "gifting of public funds for the benefit of city of Shel- ton unions" and prohibits "public work stoppages," or strikes. The Shelton City Commission voted unanimously to declare the two propositions legally invalid, follow- ing the recommendations of the city's attorney, Kath- leen Haggard, and City Administrator Dave O'Leary. Haggard told the commissioners they had three choices regarding the proposed propositions: pass them as ordinances, submit them to the voters on a ballot, or find that one or both are legally invalid. The Collective Bargaining Protection Act proposi- tion is contrary to the Public Records Act that allows the commissioners to meet in closed executive session to negotiate union contracts, Haggard said. As for prohibiting public work stoppages, state law already prohibits strikes by public employees, she said. At the Sept. 8 meeting, Commissioner Tracy Moore said the issue puts the city in a "no-win situation." The commission needs to take the advice of its legal staff, Moore said. "I prefer we get sued for being right," she said. "I believe that sounds inevitable." Shelton City Commissioner Mike Olsen on Wednesday morning called the lawsuit "a deplorable tactic on the part of Freedom Foundation ... Their ultimate goal is to break the middle class on behalf of corporate bullies." '" Olsen added, "It's very unfortunate for the citizens of Shelton who have to pay for this lawsuit for years to come. We'll pay for it with reduced services ... This could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars in le- gal fees." In a news release prepared by the Freedom Faun- 877-5811 hamahamaoysters.con dation and released Wednesday morning, Good's at- |1 torney, Newman, is quoted as saying, State law is |] Unambiguousin E case like this..The# city com~issipn . I| had only two~e~:t~i~ld~ eitIi~have pa~Sed: ~e :~ |I initiatives itself, or it could ha;ce sent tl~em to~ the || voters. The commissioners brought this lawsuit on themselves by closing an option that didn't exist -- doing nothing." L There are kids inour community that need our help! We love kids and want to see them succeed in tl eir studies and have tl e things that they need, Sadly, there are homeless and needy students in our area who don't even have access to some of the basics In an effort to hel , we've . p partnered with the Shelton District to provide new backpacks, shoes, socks and unde ear toSs, dents in need. If you are able to help us in this effort, please drop off donations to either of our office locations. Feel free to chat a little while while you're there...we also love good conversation with friends! Bowers Dental Group Steven H. Bowers, DDS 717 W. Railroad Avenue. Shelton (360) 426-1664 with Associates: Dr. Thomas Duffy &Dr. Bill Busacca 1525 Olympic Hwy North. Shelton. (360) 426-9711 Now serving Baked Oysters & Steamed Clams from 11:00 to 3:00 Come up for LUNCH! HAMA HAMA Est. 1922 13 miles North of Hoodsport Elect PATTI McLEAN for ASSESSOR INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, FAIRNESS EXPERIENCE: 23 years' experience as an employee of the Mason County Assessor's Office COMMITTED: To working for property owners at both the state and county levels DEDICATED: To providing the taxpayer an opportunity to express their issues and concerns, and to keeping an open door policy with employees and the public J Paid by the committee to elect | McLean (I), 8020 W. Shelton-I Mattock Rd., Shelton WA 78S84| 1935 . F C R E D I~T U N I O N 521 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton 360-426-1601 www.pcfcu,org