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AMR Threatens City and Workers

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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Sawant, O’Brien Release Report Detailing Feasibility of Public Bank

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6) released a report detailing what it would take for the City to open and operate a city-owned bank. The report concludes that, while creating a public bank would be a complex and long-term process, the City can take several steps to better align its […]

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Councilmember Sawant Responds to Amazon’s Announcement on $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Monthly Bonuses: ‘Worker Organizing Works, Time to Step up the Struggle!’

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement in response to Amazon’s announcement on Wednesday October 10th that it will put in place additional pay raises to those workers who would have lost monthly bonuses and stock grants.  The announcement came on the heels of Amazon’s initial decision to eliminate bonuses and […]

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Councilmember Sawant Urges Solidarity with Striking Operating Engineers Local 302

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement in solidarity with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 (which includes construction crane operators), whose members just voted to go on strike after rejecting the latest contract on the Western Washington Master Labor Agreement: “After months of negotiations, members of Operating Engineers […]

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Councilmember Sawant Stands in Solidarity with Seattle Educators Rallying for Strong Contract

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in solidarity with educators in the Seattle Public School District who are organized with the Seattle Education Association (SEA). Members of SEA are fighting for pay raises commensurate with the city’s cost of living. They are also demanding the District take steps toward addressing […]

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Preserving the Showbox: Councilmember Sawant to Bring Resolution, Urges Community to Keep Fighting

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) responded to reports that the Showbox had been purchased by a corporate developer, who intended to build a high-rise apartment, with an open letter. While the Vancouver-based Onni Group has signaled their intention to nominate the Showbox for landmark status, it remains unclear if that protection would be […]

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Preserving the Showbox Theater

Friends and fellow activists, I have heard from many of you who are outraged to learn that a real estate developer intends to replace Seattle’s historic Showbox theater with a high-rise apartment building. This is yet another example of how development and construction decisions in Seattle are being driven primarily by whatever will make the […]

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Electricity Rate Hikes on Working Families

Mere weeks after they repealed the Amazon Tax that would have funded affordable housing, the Seattle City Council voted on July 9th to approve a plan to increase electricity rates on working families by about 30% over the next 6 years. Unfortunately, I was the only NO vote. Below are my comments explaining why I […]

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Open Letter to Seattle Mayor Durkan and City Council on the Screening of Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back

On Thursday, May 24th, I co-sponsored the screening of the film “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back” with the City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission and the Commission for People with Disabilities. In response, Mayor Durkan, the Seattle Times editorial board, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle expressed concern about the film. The Federation argued that the […]

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My exchange with UW President Cauce to support Academic Student Employees’ struggle for a living wage, healthcare, and workplace protections

Below is a letter I sent to UW president Ana Mari Cauce on May 31 in support of UAW Local 4121 and the 4,500 academic student employees (ASE’s) at the University of Washington, fighting for a fair contract that provides a living wage and addresses concerns about fees, affordability, healthcare, and workplace protections. In the […]

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