Why I Question Jaime Herrera’s Judgment

by lewwaters

Ever since Jaime’s sudden and rapid jump into the Washington 3rd Congressional District race, less than 2 hours after Brian Baird announced his retirement this term, several less than complementary emails and comments have come my way because I dare to speak out against the one that appears to be the “party’s chosen one,” even though our primaries are still months away.

I’m not crying about the comments, mind you. I’m a big boy now and can take whatever is thrown my way, even if it is off base or over the top accusations. I mention them to show that perhaps those questioning my choice of candidate ought to be questioning theirs instead.

One of my main reasons I question her judgment has been and remains her co-sponsorship and voting twice for unionizing childcare centers in Washington State, HB 1329, that I have posted on previously HERE and HERE.

She has since told at least one constituent that her pro-union vote for childcare centers was due to her being contacted by providers from within her district who felt they were insufficiently paid by the state for children in their care. A claim I find very odd since the Family Policy Institute of Washington posted on their web page February 8, 2010,

“In 2007, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) approached child care centers (not home day care centers) in Washington about joining the union. After learning that the union would not disclose how much membership was going to cost or specify the benefits that the centers would receive, they declined.”

Yet, Jaime told her constituent that the providers she says contacted her “felt the need to unionize.”

I have yet to understand why any childcare provider that “felt the need to unionize” would need state legislation to do so. FPIW tells us the Unions

“went to their friends in the legislature who take lots and lots of their money for campaigns and asked the legislature to force daycare centers to reap the blessings of union membership—whether they like it or not.”

Jaime made no mention of any providers contacting her and who “felt the need to unionize” during the phone call she placed to me February 9.

An even more apt example of why I question her judgment has surfaced in an article found on the Washington State Wire website on how the SEIU is winning a $6.5 Million award from our state during these difficult economic times for an SEIU-Backed “rigorous state-supervised training and certification program for people who care for the sick and elderly.” Initially voted in under I-1029, Governor Gregoire suspended the measure due to tight fiscal restraints and that the Seattle Times even recommended rejecting.

It was voted in largely in part to the SEIU investing nearly one million dollars in backing the measure.

In reading through the Washington State Wire article linked above, it strikes me that this could very easily be an article from the future over problems that will inevitably beset childcare centers that end up being pushed into Unions, like it or not. From the article, I read in part,

“Over the last decade [SEIU] has made a big push to organize home-care workers, starting with Initiative 775 in 2001, which allowed collective bargaining for those under state contract. Recently the state recognized the union as the official representative for all the independent care providers working for the Department of Social and Health Services. That caused some consternation. It meant people who draw state paychecks to care for relatives in their own homes had to start paying union dues.”

“The rules cover everyone who provides care in a home setting, from non-union employees of regulated private agencies to those who tack up their cards at the local Safeway bulletin boards and offer their services.”

I urge you to read the entire Washington State Wire article and just imagine it is actually from the future and about the same problems seen now in home care giving, yet in childcare centers that today are facing joining unions under state legislation and that Jaime not only voted for but co-sponsored.

And ask yourself, if childcare centers really “felt the need to unionize,” couldn’t they do so without legislation mandating they do so? Especially since they were first contacted by the SEIU?

Another constituent accusing me of being a “Herrera hater” stated to me, “Frankly this SEIU business is blown completely out of all reasonable proportion.”

I don’t believe it is blown out of proportion at all and it does cause me to question the judgment of a person seeking to be a United States Representative representing Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Instead of supporting a candidate out of friendship or because of geography, I prefer to support and hope to see elected a candidate that has trained their judgment in such votes to actually be for the best for residents in the district, not for the betterment of a Union.

Maybe in time, Jaime will better train her judgment.

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