PERC Holds that Pierce County Did Not Discriminate Against a Sergeant for his Union Activity and Dismissed an Interference Claim for Being Untimely Filed

By Chris Casillas and Jordan L. Jones

wolf_in_sheeps_clothing_drawingIn Pierce County, PERC Examiner Lisa A. Hartrich held that the Employer did not commit an unfair labor practice (ULP). Examiner Hartrich stated that the Union did not make a prima facie case for their discrimination claim and that the interference allegations were untimely filed.

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Commission Upholds Hearing Examiner’s Decision that “Extenuating” Circumstances Justified an Employer’s Decision to Exclude an Employee’s First Choice of a Union Representative

By Rick Gautschi

In City of Tacoma, Decision 11064-A (PECB, 2012), An employer police department, contracted with another police department, to investigate an allegation that one of the employer’s police officers had threatened to kill his wife, another police officer with whom the first officer was allegedly having an affair, and himself.  The investigation identified as a material witness, another of the employer police department’s officers.  The employer summoned the officer, who allegedly made the threats to an investigatory meeting. [Read more…]