The Stand

The Stranger wrong to dismiss Persak for labor leadership

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

SEATTLE (July 14, 2017) — The following statement was released today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO:

The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly newspaper, just came out with its endorsements for political offices in King County and Seattle. As with all endorsing organizations, The Stranger’s “Election Control Board” has a set of values and a vision that underlie their endorsement process and their picks. Whether we understand these values or their vision is irrelevant, we don’t have to agree with them.

But what does matter is how candidates are characterized in that process.

The Stranger believes that only two candidates, Preeti Shridhar and John Persak, care enough about the Seattle Port Commissioner job “to do it well.” They go on to say, “As much as Persak knows his stuff, we don’t think the port commission needs another labor diehard.”

Wow, another “labor diehard.” There is so much to unpack there. But what really pisses me off is that that comment and that label in today’s right-wing corporate environment is not far off from what drives the Koch brothers, the Freedom Foundation, and most of corporate America who also think labor shouldn’t have a voice at the workplace or in society. Now I’ve got a real problem with The Stranger helping to normalize this point of view.

Wake up, Stranger.

There is no doubt that Preeti Shridhar has impressive credentials, but labor is endorsing John Persak for Port Commission Position 4 because he has shown great leadership over a couple of decades in his union, on port issues, worker and immigrant rights, as well as community and environmental issues. Please vote Persak for Port Commissioner.

Short URL: http://www.thestand.org/?p=59142

Posted by on Jul 14 2017. Filed under W.S.L.C.. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Archives

Log in | Designed by Gabfire themes