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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Aerospace Machinists Union Endorses McGinn

Posted by on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I don't usually like to play the endorsement game, because I don't want to feel obligated to report every endorsement, and there's an awful lot of them. But this one is fairly significant both because of the size of the union, and the issues they cite.

The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751, representing more than 33,000 workers at 49 employers, announced today that it is endorsing Mike McGinn for Seattle mayor. "Seattle’s economy was built by a lot of smart and hard-working people, many of them union members," IAM 751 legislative director Larry Brown said via a press release. "Mayor McGinn has supported the issues important to working people, so we’re supporting him."

Specifically, the press release cites these six key issues:

  • His support for union workers on strike against Waste Management in Seattle, which helped lead to an early resolution of the walkout;
  • His support for workers employed by Hyatt hotels in Seattle, which helped them in their effort to form a union;
  • His support for Seattle’s fast food workers during their “Strike Poverty” action calling for higher pay;
  • His support for requiring a grocery store proposed for city-owned land in West Seattle to pay a living wage to its workers, as well as providing them with enough hours each week to qualify for health benefits;
  • His support for closing the pay gap between men and women in Seattle; and
  • His support for Seattle’s paid sick days law, which made the city a national leader in the effort to ensure workers don’t have to chose between their jobs and their health.

For a guy who has earned so much Democratic establishment enmity as a disruptive outsider, McGinn sure is picking up a lot of organized labor support, thanks to his strong pro-union record in office. Interestingly, word is that the powerful SEIU Healthcare 775NW, a longtime supporter of state Senator Ed Murray (and one which is very grateful to Murray for his longtime support in Olympia), has declined to make a primary endorsement, yet another example of the street cred McGinn has earned amongst union leaders.


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Baconcat 1
Awesome endorsement!
Posted by Baconcat on July 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 2
Losing to Mike McGinn has got to hurt.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on July 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Baconcat 3
The weakly masked anti-union rhetoric from McGinn opponents will only increase from here on out.
Posted by Baconcat on July 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM · Report this
@3 yup.
Posted by grkle on July 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM · Report this

My only question about McGinn is why with all his popular support is he seemingly unable to be an effective inside leader. He was steamrolled by the tunnel. While I want to believe that change in Washington State is possible, it seems like the Powers That Be are firmly fixed and immovable. And yes, I think Gregoire should have been impeached for her horrible and dictatorial behaviors...but was she?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Report this
I don't usually like to play the endorsement game, but I came up for air off McGinn's sweaty sausage. Goldy's groans for McGinn are pathetic.
Posted by johnfb on July 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM · Report this
I got the best letter from some hotel workers - with their names, their countries they came from and where they work - saying how McGinn stood up for them and made their lives better. It meant a lot and was definitely not your standard-issue endorsement letter.
Posted by westello on July 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 8
@6 - You say that like it's some kind of smear on McGinn, but I actually find him quite attractive. Not that it's relevant to the mayoral race.
Posted by MacCrocodile on July 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM · Report this
Hey Goldy, You're not required to report EVERY endorsement, but why didn't you mention that the Machinists also endorsed Albert Shen for City Council and announced it on the same press release as the McGinn endorsement?
Posted by J.R. on July 26, 2013 at 8:32 AM · Report this
Go Machinists!

His detractors are using old (like 3 years old) rhetoric to try to discredit Mayor McGinn and with the Seattle Times editorial pages gushing with negativity towards him, a lot of people can't exactly remember that the negative drumbeat has been coming from the same sources over and over again. I have seen Mayor McGinn work on initiatives in many coalitions/collaborations, including with City Council members.

And, the record speaks for itself. Even in endorsing one of McGinn's opponents, the Seattle Times endorsement editorial led with how well things are going in Seattle, but illogically goes on to say we need a new mayor. NO......WE SHOULD STICK WTIH MCGINN!
Posted by Standing with McGinn on July 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM · Report this
As we get into the general, if this does turn out to be Murray vs McGinn, Murray's going to keep playing a money game, keep taking corporate donations, and keep looking more conservative. It's going to hamstring him in the legislature when he goes back there, too. He'll probably lose minority leader, as he's ignoring the special election where we're likely to lose a Democratic seat.
Posted by Ben Schiendelman on July 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM · Report this

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