Wednesday, October 19, 2011
To the Editor,
The Oct. 15 article in Herald Republic spoke volumes about Proposition 1.
The headline read - "Home Rule proponent sues for pay, gender discrimination".
This is a revealing insight into to the heavy-handed tactics used by the backers of Prop. 1 and should sound alarm bells to the voters of Yakima County.
As noted in previous articles, the money behind this push to change county government originates from the Seattle-based Win/Win Network which is funded by numerous labor unions.
Evidently, transparency was not one of their objectives since the local organizer, Mary Baechler, alleges she suffered retaliation when she objected to the fact that her employer (Win/Win Network) was trying to conceal the identity of the labor organizations funding the project. They were ordering Baechler to pay her phone bank employees in cash which then avoided payment of unemployment and workmen's compensation taxes. That, in itself, illustrates the ethical standards of the backers of Prop 1.
This hard-nosed, less-than-honest approach, as conducted by these out-of-town labor unions, may work in King County, but it doesn't resonate here in Yakima County. I will be voting "no" on Prop 1, and this article only confirmed my reason for doing so.
/s/ Rita Hanses, Yakima