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Sawant Announces Legislation to Back Striking Union Carpenters, All Construction Workers

Bills will require construction contractors to fully pay for workers’ parking costs, strengthen enforcement and penalties for wage theft, and restore right to strike Union members, Sawant organizing Saturday rally to support strikers Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), standing alongside dozens of striking union carpenters and other workers, this morning unveiled three legislative proposals […]

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Solidarity with Striking Union Carpenters!

Tuesday September 21, 2021 Dear Executive Secretary Treasurer Shapiro and elected officers of the Western Washington Carpenters Union, I am writing to you in solidarity with the courageous strike action taken by union carpenters in their struggle for a fair contract, demanding fully-paid parking, fully-funded benefits, family-supporting wages, improved protections against harassment, and a three-year […]

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Thank You! From Union Carpenters

Sister Kshama Sawant, As rank and file Western Washington Union Carpenters currently on strike for a fair contract, we appreciate the solidarity you have publicly expressed with us through your first letter on September 6 and another on September 17. We especially value a union sister elected representative standing steadfastly with us, even in the […]

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Rank-and-file carpenter Nina Wurz: We need a good contract AND rent control!

This is the speech that union carpenter Nina Wurz delivered at our Sept. 18, 2021 Rent Control Now rally! — Councilmember Kshama Sawant I’m a 33 year old queer journeyman carpenter out of Local 30, but my number one title is mom. I’m here today because the parallels between the carpenters’ fight for better wages […]

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Councilmember Sawant: We must all back the courageous Carpenters’ strike!

Friday September 17, 2021 Dear Carpenter sisters, brothers, and siblings, Workers have been pressed from all sides and our conditions have been deteriorating. Meanwhile, just since the COVID crisis began, American billionaires have become nearly two trillion dollars richer. And the bosses have raked in trillions more over the last decade, while workers fell behind. […]

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Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Central District Community Organizing to Win $500,000 for Garfield Super Block

“Garfield community members came together and worked with our Council office and we won. Now we must build our 2022 People’s Budget movement to continue to win funds for affordable housing and social services.”   Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, celebrated City Council’s approval today […]

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Solidarity with union carpenters in their fight for a good contract!

Pacific Northwest union carpenters are fighting millionaire bosses for a good contract. Through aggressive rank-and-file organizing they have rejected a series of substandard, insulting offers from construction contractors. I stand in solidarity with the union contractors, and with all workers organizing and fighting for their rights. My Labor Day statement to the union carpenters: Sept. […]

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My Reply to August Richardson of Hilton Hotels Regarding Levy Family Situation | August 6, 2021

Mr. August Richardson, General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton, Thank you for your quick response to my letter. After I sent my letter to you, nearly 300 working people also wrote to you in solidarity with David and Lakesha Levy, urging the Hilton to cancel the Levy family’s Covid rental debt. I really appreciate […]

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My Letter to Homewood Suites Management Regarding Levy Family Situation | August 6, 2021

Friday August 6, 2021 Mr. August Richardson, General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton and Ms. Gillian Potts, Finance Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton: I am writing out of concern for David and Lakesha Levy, Seattle residents who contacted my City Council office about their dire housing situation. I urge your hotel to cancel […]

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‘We have to fight for pay raises AND rent control’

My Aug. 4 picket line statement in solidarity with the 4,000 SEIU 1199NW members at UW Medicine who are fighting for a good contract. As a rank and file union member, a socialist, and an elected city council representative of working people in District 3, I stand in complete solidarity with all of the caregivers […]

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