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June 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Senate bill would deplete health benefits for part-time faculty

Bill is hypocritical, dangerous

As a part-time teacher, I read the story about the state Senate’s health-care proposal with great interest. [“Part-time school, college staff may lose state health benefits,” NW Thursday, June 13.]

Sen. Andy Hill’s specious proposal for a $2 per hour “raise” could never begin to cover the actual costs of even a single minor health emergency. I searched in vain for another aspect of the story; namely, the health-care benefits enjoyed by each of our state’s part-time legislators.

Supporters of Senate Bill (SB) 5905 are also part-time state employees, yet they brazenly expect to receive their full health-care allocation, which is substantially more than that of even full-time school district employees.

Whether or not SB 5905 becomes actionable in the overall and ongoing budget negotiations, The Times should further investigate this aspect of the story. The passage of a bill like this would be a deal-breaker for the continued service of many of our state’s part-time educators.

John Mellana, Seattle

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