Observers have often wondered just how far to left the leaders of local unions lean, given their occasional dalliances with the local business community on issues like transportation which sometime overshadow their more typical “to the barricades” rhetoric.
Well, wonder no more, based on the glowing comments from King County Labor Council honcho Dave Freiboth about the new socialist member of the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant.
“I’m happy to be wrong about this one, that we endorsed the wrong person,” said Dave Freiboth, executive secretary of the M.L. King County Labor Council. “It represents a new City Council that really understands our principles, and that’s an exciting thing.“
That’s right, Mr. Freiboth is excited about the depth of understanding that Sawant brings to the Council, as a veteran Occupy Seattle protestor and advocate for a worker takeover of Boeing factories to build buses instead of airplanes.
I wonder if Freiboth has talked to any of his members who support the development of the bulk commodity terminal at Cherry Point, since Sawant has a slightly different approach to that job-creating project: “she promised not to negotiate. Instead, she said, the council should support mass occupations and blockades.”
Yep, that is some deep understanding there. You have to believe that Seattle Central Community College must be happy that she won a spot on the city council, so that the college no longer has to worry that she might teach another Economic course at the school.