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September 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Getting Bertha moving again

Cut out unions

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 picket the site of the State Route 99 tunnel project site on the Seattle waterfront Aug. 20, 2013. Union members said they were demonstrating against Seattle Tunnel Partners for non-implementation of a contract for longshore jobs. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 picket the site of the State Route 99 tunnel project site on the Seattle waterfront Aug. 20, 2013. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Those in charge of the tunnel project should simply hire nonunion workers to deal with the removal of the excavated material from the boring project. [“Bertha stuck, needs help to get out of this muck,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.]

Since neither union group is willing to make a compromise, the simple solution would be to cut them both out of the work. To allow this project to sit idle at the taxpayers’ expense is another example of poor leadership on the part of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Is it any wonder why people are tired of union tactics?

It is time to deal with the “muck,” and eliminate both unions from any of the jobs on this project.

Ron Hopper, Carnation

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