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Labor leader runs for House

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 18, 2010 at 7:30 am with 6 Comments »
May 17, 2010 6:22 pm

A longtime labor official will try to keep Republican Rep. Bruce Dammeier from winning a second term.

Democrat John Thompson of Edgewood announced his bid for the state House over the weekend, and promptly received the endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council.

That’s no surprise with his resume: He’s a retired business representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 286, a former secretary-treasurer of the Pierce County labor council, and a former county Democratic Party chairman.

Democrats are mostly playing defense this year, but they would like to win Dammeier’s seat, the only one they don’t have in the 25th District.

In a news release, Thompson emphasized his status as a Navy veteran and former “Northwood Elementary and Edgemont Junior High PTA dad.” As a union official, he said he worked to ensure safe working conditions.

Here’s the full release:

Veteran, PTA Dad, and Longtime Advocate for Working Families,

John Thompson, Announces Campaign for State House of Reps

Thompson to Challenge Dammeier for Position 1 Seat

Edgewood –This weekend Navy Veteran, former Northwood Elementary and Edgemont Junior High PTA dad, and longtime advocate for working families, John Thompson, announced his campaign for the Washington State House of Representatives.

Explaining his decision to run, John said, “Our district needs someone in Olympia who can get people back to work. With more than 30 years as a labor leader, I know what has to be done. In Olympia, I will work hard for you building a strong and healthy economy, safe neighborhoods, improving education, and creating jobs.”

Shortly following the announcement, Thompson earned the sole endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council at their annual C.O.P.E. (Committee on Political Education) Endorsing Convention in Seattle.

John was a business representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #286, for 17 years where he oversaw budget and financial decisions and worked closely with state and federal agencies to ensure safe working conditions and compliance with state labor laws.

Deeply committed to public service, John has also served on the Executive Boards of numerous local non-profits including United Way of Pierce County, Pierce County Careers Consortium, Pierce County Economic Development Board, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Bates Technical College General Advisory Council, and the Cascade Regional Blood Services Board (Pierce County Blood Bank).

For more information please visit www.ElectJohnThompson.com.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. No way man. This guy was my rep in the union and he caved to his “friends” at Simpson all the time. He did nothing for us on the things we wanted on our contract. He lost fight cause he did not file on time costing us money. He never wanted to hold the line, always giving Simpsaon more time when the rules said we did not have to.

    He is an ass face……..

  2. AreYouHighOrWhat says:

    Dear Democrats, try again!

  3. headedsouth says:

    So Labor feels screwed over by the current flock of Democrat Legislators so Labor is now going for the Gold themselves. This will be a joke since a large amount of the people that work for the State are Labor so how in the heck could a Labor Legislator offer anything that wont benefit his fellow union brothers and sisters instead of the tax payers?

    This is going to get ugly!

  4. mattersnot1 says:

    Even the democrats don’t like him.

  5. FamilyofFour says:

    John Thompson was my business agent as well and my experience was quite the opposite of Mr. erkhvd. In fact, he took to task every contract violation as well as acted on every grievance our bargaining unit brought to him. Further, John would seek to resolve our issues by partnering with management first before taking a hard line—and if management would not want to work together in resolving our issues, then he would seek redress through the grievance/arbitration procedures. As far as caving during contract negotiations, I don’t see how that could happen as the rank and file membership have the final say at the ballot box not John Thompson. Remember, it is collective bargaining which means both sides have give and take. I believe John Thompson would make a great legislative rep as he has the ability to work with the other side effectively but also take a tough stand when if comes to working family issues.

  6. Don’t blame a party solely for the problems individuals cause and don’t judge a candidate immediately from party alignment. Check their web pages and actually meet them. I have, both of them are strong contenders and offer some interesting and actually plausible ideas for the 25th district. Regardless of your personal political beliefs, at least research the candidates and become an informed voter.

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