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Sawant Statement in Solidarity with Strike Call by ‘Talented, Self-sacrificing’ EMTs

Points Out ‘City Establishment’s ‘callous indifference’’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) shared an open letter addressed to Mayor Jenny Durkan following the announcement by Seattle-area emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who plan to strike beginning December 21. Excerpts from Sawant’s letter, directed to Mayor Jenny Durkan, include: “…Your administration recently granted a monopoly contract […]

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Councilmember Sawant’s Statement Regarding ‘No’ Vote on City Council Budget

Celebrates Victories of the People’s Budget Movement   Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement after voting ‘no’ on the budget passed by the City Council, while also celebrating the victories of the People’s Budget movement and committing to keep fighting to fund high quality permanently affordable social housing: “Every year, […]

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

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement in opposition to the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) contract, saying it would roll back hard-won, and still all-too-limited, police accountability measures passed last year. The SPOG agreement is scheduled to come before the City Council for a vote this afternoon. In announcing her […]

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Councilmember Sawant Responds to AMR Threat to Pull Emergency Medical Services Out of Seattle

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement in response to the threat from American Medical Response (AMR) that it will pull out emergency services if the members of the Teamsters Local 763 do not accept the latest substandard collective bargaining agreement proposed by the company, which offers the workers at least […]

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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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Sawant Congratulates “Tax Amazon” Movement Urges Attendance at Monday’s City Council Public Hearing

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) congratulated the Tax Amazon movement in Seattle for having put decisive pressure on the City Council and the Mayor’s office with the demand to tax big businesses like Amazon to fund affordable housing and homeless services and address the unprecedented housing crisis in Seattle. “Our Tax […]

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