Guy Sternal, the Tacoma attorney representing the union, estimated the suit will cost $100,000 in litigation fees. Sternal also stated that once guard costs and efficiency are factored in, prison slave labor costs more than IBEW electricians. Tom Young, the attorney general defending the state in the case said slave labor is cheaper. PLN inquiries to Mr. Sternal for more details on the suit have gone unanswered. PLN is unaware of any other lawsuits filed by union workers over the use of prison slave labor. We ask readers to keep us informed on local developments on this issue.
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