Statement from Deputy Republican Leader Joel Kretz on bill to allow government control of private employers

House Bill 1832 would force newly-contracted, private-sector service providers at Sea-Tac Airport to retain employees from previous contractor

A bill that puts the government in the way of private employers to retain or replace workers as they see fit passed the House of Representatives last night after most people were in bed. The measure would allow the state to require newly-contracted, private-sector service providers at Sea-Tac Airport to retain employees from the previous contractor. Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, voted against House Bill 1832 and issued the following statement:

“This bill seems to be nothing more than a union power grab. What business does government have to intrude on private-sector employers and force them to keep employees they didn't even hire. Frankly, the current majority party in the Legislature and the governor have made such a huge mess of state government they really shouldn't be putting forward any proposal that leads the public to believe they can run a private enterprise better than an experienced businessperson.

“They call this a 'labor peace' bill, but it is more like a 'labor union' bill that blurs the line between public and private operations. If private companies contract to do business at a location, including the airport, they should be able to hire the people they believe will do the best job, which may or may not include employees remaining from the previous contractor. Government should not force any privately-run business to guarantee employment to anyone the company did not hire in the first place. No wonder this bill was passed by the majority party after dark.”

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