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Labor forgives some Democrats, still snubs others

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Oct. 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm with 2 Comments »
October 5, 2010 5:46 pm

The Washington State Labor Council is out with its updated endorsements for the Nov. 2 general election, reversing some primary election snubs of Democrats not considered sufficiently pro-union. Among the newly endorsed are Rep. Dawn Morrell in the 25th District, Sen. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Larry Seaquist in the 26th, Rep. Steve Kirby in the 29th and Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th.

But some snubs persist. The labor council still won’t endorse Rep. Chris Hurst (who calls himself an “Independent Democrat”) in the 31st District. And even though the council won’t endorse Rep. Troy Kelley in the 28th, it opposes his opponent, Republican Steve O’Ban. I’m not sure what the distinction here is.

Hurst and Kelley are both members of the so-called “Roadkill Caucus” of conservative/centrist Democrats. I’m guessing Hurst and Kelley don’t miss the labor endorsement too much. In their districts, it probably hurts more than helps.

WSLC president Rick Bender explained labor’s beef with caucus members here.

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  1. dormier says:

    TNT August article Labor Council reverses its snubs – the truth is out Union Labor has always supported Derek Kilmer, and the “Roadkill” caucuses was a fraud at election time. The only thing Derek Kilmer supports 100% are Labor Union Bosses since that’s where he gets his money.

    626,000 people in Washington are union members. Each member’s average dues are $750 per year for a total of $470 million going into union coffers. Derek Kilmer loves this since Union Bosses give away 33% of the hard working Union Members dues to their political candidates, lobbyist, and PACs. That is $13 million every month. Nether one cares if it goes toward your pension.

    National Review article Taxpayers on Hook for Teamsters’ Shenanigans. Teamster pension plan is $165 Billion underfunded The Federal Government PBGC plans to take over the pension which means the maximum limit retirement pension pay out to any Teamster will be $21,000 a year.

    Pew states Washington lawmakers under Democratic control have failed to make required public pension contributions since 2001. Washington pension liabilities outpace assets almost 2 to 1.

    Republican’s in 1998 started gain-sharing for pensions. Democrat controlled legislature repealed it in 2007, with Kilmer’s vote, to keep the state from having to pay out $6.7 billion in gain sharing benefits to the pensions that the Republican’s had provided.

    In 2009 Kilmer voted to delay the implementation of minimum contribution rates leaving public pensions again unfunded

    The Unions’ and Kilmer do not care about the funding of Union and public worker pensions, but they do love spending your hard earned union dues.

    State and Union works it is time to vote for your pension’s future, Vote Republican.

  2. What jobs? Do we really want a hand out from our government? It seems strange to me that my neighbors taxes may be paying for my job. Is this really what we want with our tax dollars i think not. A great article in the adresses this issue, you may want to read it bye the way with all the billions you and I have spent to create jobs do you no one person who got one of those jobs? funny you say that I haven’t meant anyone yet either. Maybe the people getting the jobs with our tax dollars have to keep it a secret you think?

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