At tonight’s council meeting, the city and Puyallup Police Association reached a tentative agreement on a contract for the police support workers and jailers. This agreement was reached in executive session, per state laws. It needed city council approval to go into effect for 2012-2014.
When it came time to vote on the agreement, council member Rick Hansen made the motion to approve the agreement and council member John Knutsen seconded it. Mayor Turner and council member Don Malloy made comments against the agreement. They were the only council members to speak on the issue.
The vote and agreement failed 5-2 with only Hansen and Knutsen supporting it. Martineau, Boyle, Brouillet, Turner, and Malloy voted against it.
There were several jailers and other police staff in attendance, when the vote came down many left upset from the council chambers.
If you look at what’s happened with the Tacoma teachers, these contract negotiations can become very negative and can affect a lot of people. If this contract dispute drags out, some of the hardest workers in our city and their families could be affected negatively.
It’s unfortunate that Martineau and others chose this path. We’re sure it had nothing to do with the fact that the Puyallup Police Association endorsed Martineau’s opponent, Steve Vermillion, and the four other council members who voted no are supporters of Martineau’s.
That couldn’t be a reason, could it?