[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]
Vote NO on SeaTac Prop. 1
We’ve all heard the expression: “Read the bill.” SeaTac Proposition 1 is 9 pages of wage and employment standards that very much resemble a union contract.
This is a vote on whether the city should act as a union and would put the city between the employee and the employer. The City Manager would be responsible for establishing the minimum wage for the year and then monitoring and auditing private business. The City Attorney would represent over 6000 employees in any grievance against employers, at considerable taxpayer expense – free legal services for 6000 covered employees with no risk of having to pay attorney’s fees if the claim is unfounded.
It would create different classes of employees based on arbitrary thresholds; such as number of employees or number of hotel rooms. Two workers performing the same task at different companies would get significantly different pay, benefits, and city representation.
This establishes pay and benefits, not based on merit, but on the vote of the people. It does not take into account the profitability of the business, employee performance, employee qualifications, or other dynamic market forces.
This proposition also has numerous clauses that are unclear and the city does not have the authority to amend it. We can’t have a discussion and then modify the language. We have to accept or reject it exactly as it is written.
Proposition 1 is poorly written with unclear mandates, it would have the city act as a union, offers free legal services to select private employees, creates different classes of employees, creates wage and benefits that do not coincide with employee qualifications and performance and would impose a heavy burden on taxpayers.
This is not good policy.
Please join me in voting NO on Proposition 1 so that we can get back to creating a business friendly city, creating more jobs, and moving our city forward.
SeaTac Resident, Business Owner
Chair, SeaTac Planning Commission
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