Letter: Unfair practices threaten 65 years of labor history at Hanford

June 11, 2013 

The National Labor Relations Board is in the process of issuing a complaint against the Hanford contractors for what it considers to be a violation of federal labor laws.

What I would like to know is where our illustrious congressman stands on this issue. Out-of-area contractors have come into our community, engaged in unfair labor practices and are threatening to destroy the 65 years of labor history that is the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council.

While cutting wages, benefits and working conditions for workers may be the official platform of the Grand Old Party, I don't believe it to be in the best interest of our community. A happy, healthy, safe and fairly compensated work force is beneficial to the entire Mid-Columbia.

Happy workers are more productive and efficient, resulting in faster cleanup of the Hanford site and ultimately saving the taxpayers billions of dollars.

Healthy and safe workers have more time to spend with their families and volunteer throughout our community. Fairly compensated workers have more money to spend and invest in our community. It would be nice to know where U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings stands on this, but I'm sure he is busy opening access to Rattlesnake Mountain.

FRED RUMSEY, Pasco

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