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County files unfair labor practice charge on deputies guild

PORT ORCHARD — The Kitsap County commissioners have authorized the filing of an unfair labor practice charge against the Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild.

The action took guild members by surprise, according to its leadership.

After meeting in executive session on Monday, Central Kitsap Commissioner Patty Lent said the motion was “necessary to resolve disputes arising between the county and the guild in a proper forum and to ensure these issues do not confuse and delay bargaining for a new contract.”

“The guild has avoided its responsibility to bargain in good faith,” said Kitsap County Labor Relations manager Rob Gudmundson. “It has delayed

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