Holding Elected Officials Accountable to Working People

January 10th, 2019

I was elected and then reelected to the Seattle City Council on the basis of my pledge to unwaveringly use my office to help build movements to win victories for ordinary working people. A recent article from SCC Insight, now happily picked up by the corporate conservative media, argues that pledge is somehow at odds […]

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During “Seattle Squeeze,” public transit should be free

December 27th, 2018

Traffic during the “Seattle Squeeze” – the upcoming three weeks of extreme congestion during the Viaduct demolition – is going to be a disaster if the mayor and county executive don’t do more. Today I wrote to them, calling on the city and county to make public transit free during the “Seattle Squeeze.” Seattle Squeeze […]

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As Strike Looms, My Call on Mayor Durkan to Bring All Emergency Medical Services In-House

December 19th, 2018

In my letter to Mayor Durkan and the other City councilmembers, I challenge them to end “a culture of contracting out our safety net to profiteers” Seattle stands hours away from losing Basic Life Support services as a result of a toxic combination of big business greed and a corporate political establishment that uses contracting […]

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Statement in Solidarity with Strike Call by EMTs, Calling Out City Establishment’s Callous Indifference

December 11th, 2018

On December 11, I sent a message to Mayor Durkan expressing solidarity with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), members of Teamsters Local 763, who recently announced plans to go on strike, and urging her to support EMTs in their demand for better pay, healthcare, and working conditions. EMTs and supporters rallying at Harborview for better pay […]

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Solidarity Statement with WFSE 3488 UW Laundry Workers

December 6th, 2018

Thursday December 6, 2018 Dear members of WFSE Local 3488 and all union members at the University of Washington, For years, members of WFSE Local 3488 have diligently and with dedication cleaned the linens and hospital scrubs for University of Washington-run medical facilities. Your work is difficult but essential to providing a clean, safe environment […]

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Letter Urging Pete Holmes to Drop the Charges Against Peaceful No New Youth Jail Protesters

November 29th, 2018

On November 29, 2018 I sent the following letter to City Attorney Pete Holmes, urging him to drop all charges against the three clergy arrested while peacefully protesting the new youth jail. Dear Pete Holmes, I am writing to urge you to drop all charges against the three courageous members of the clergy who were […]

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My Speech while Voting ‘NO’ on the Seattle Police Officers Guild Contract

November 13th, 2018

I will be voting ‘NO’ today on this proposed contract between Seattle police and the City of Seattle, which I cannot support in its current form. I am a rank and file member of a public sector union, I want to be clear that I support the right of all public sector workers to negotiate […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Councilmember Sawant Announces She Will Vote Against Seattle Police Officers Guild Contract

November 13th, 2018

I sent out the following news release announcing my plan to vote ‘No” on the Seattle Police Officers Guild contract, in solidarity with numerous community groups and union members calling for police accountability. NEWS RELEASE: Councilmember Sawant Announces She Will Vote Against Seattle Police Officers Guild Contract Sawant supports wage increases but urges Mayor Durkan […]

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Union Members Stand Against Rollback of Police Accountability in SPOG Contract

November 13th, 2018

This morning, more than 40 of my fellow union members and I were proud to stand in solidarity with Seattle’s working people for police accountability. Union Members Stand Against Rollback of Police Accountability in SPOG Contract We, the undersigned Seattle-area union members, fully support fair pay for Seattle police officers. The wage increases their union, […]

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AMR Threatens City and Workers

November 5th, 2018

Seattle’s emergency medical technicians (EMTs) working at the for-profit American Medical Response (AMR) have been fighting for decent wages and benefits, and against exploitative working conditions. My office, the EMTs, their union Teamsters Local 763, and others in the labor movement forced the City Council to pass a resolution to hold AMR accountable. But rather than […]

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