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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 City reje tf~g The second proposition, called the suedfor c Collective Bargaining Protection Act, plUfllLIU"~v~'"OS'4";^ns on unions would prohibit union security clauses, or a contractual requirement for em- ployees to maintain union member- ship. By GORDON WEEKS It also would prohibit the "gifting gordon@masoncountycom of public funds for the benefit of City of Shelton unions" and would prohibit A judge is considering summary "public work stoppages," or strikes. judgment in a lawsuit filed against The Shelton City Commission voted the Shelton City Commission after unanimously to declare the two propo- it declared two propositions regard- sitions legally invalid, following the ing unions legally invalid and de- recommendations of the city's attorney, clined to put them on the November Kathleen Haggard, and City Adminis- ballot, trator Dave O'Leary. Mason County Superior Court Judge On Monday, attorney David De- Amber Finlay on Monday heard argu- whirst -- who with attorney Sean New- ments in the lawsuit filed last month man is representing Good -- told Judge by Shelton resident Diane Good, who is Finlay that Proposition 1 is simply de- being bankrolled by the Olympia-based signed for transparency and Proposi- Freedom Foundation. tion 2 restores free association for city Finlay said she will review the argn- employees. ments and make a ruling by Dec. 8. It is undisputed that the Mason In the suit, Good asks the city to County Auditos Office found the prop- place Propositions 1 and 2 on the Feb- osition petitions valid, he said. ruary ballot. Dewhirst told the judge that the city She also seeks a declaration that had only two choices: pass the two ini- the city erred when it voted Sept. 8 to tiatives unaltered or put them on the declare the two petition-driven proposi- ballot. tions legally invalid. "There is no third option ... The The two propositions, which would Shelton City Commission clearly broke change how the city of Shelton negoti- the law," he said. ates contracts with its union employ- But Haggard told the judge that the ees, garnered more than 600 petition city had to follow state law and conduct signatures, a pre-election review to make sure the The first proposition, called the proposition did not go beyond the city's Collective Bargaining Transparency authority. Act, would require that the city notify The judge also heard a request by employees and members of the pub- the city's machinists union- Interna- lic before meetings between city staff tional Association of Machinists and and commissioners and the bargaining Aerospace Workers, Woodworkers Lo- unit. ca] Lodge W-38 -- to intervene in the It also would require that all meet- lawsuit. ings on collective bargaining be open to Tom Leahy, an attorney represent- the public, ing the machinists union, said the ma- "We are dea|ing w|th two entities that are sitting oppesite at the bargaining lable," Kathleen Haggard, City of Shelton attorney chinists should have been named in the lawsuit because they have a direct in- terest in the outcome. "We should be part of the proceed- ings," he said. Under Proposition 1, a grievance hearing for an employee might be con- sidered part of collective bargaining, Leahy said. Therefore, an employee meeting with the union to talk about absentee- ism caused by substance abuse or de- pression could see the hearing adver- tised in the newspaper and open to the public, he said. The grievance hearings of non- union employees would not be con- ducted in public, making union em- ployees "second-class citizens," Leahy said. The propositions "would have a chill- ing effect on the grievance process," he said. Dewhirst told the judge the machin- ists union should not be allowed to in- torvene in the case. Haggard agreed that the machinists union is not represented by the city. "We are dealing with two entities that are sitting opposite at the bargain- ing table," she said. If the two propositions are placed on the ballot, the union can then mo- bilize its forces to oppose them, he said. Passage of the propositions would not make grievance hearings be con- sidered part of collective bargaining and open to the public, Dewhirst said. iiI;~ ~ ~ i) i~; : FRIDAY DECEMBER 5th the D0 town Merchants GAME CARD Over 25 Prizes! 1626 Olympic Hwy N Shelton Merchants open until 8pm for Shopping many with in.tore spe , additional drawings meal specials Tree lighting (6pm) Art Walk. Kiddie Train Rides- Marshmallow Roasting. Wagon Rides. Santa [ SATURDAY DECEMBER 6th 4 t Missile Toe CHRISTMAS PARADE T"ANKSTO R SPONSORS: 7--JOURNAL