The hypocrisy of labor activists in Washington State has been well documented by Shift in the past. These far-Left leaders love to push big-government regulations on the private sector, but generally insist that the liberal friends that they help elect make sure that unions are exempt themselves so that they can blackmail businesses into accepting unions to get out from under the expensive regulations.
Evidently even some very liberal media outlets are noticing this trend, given the story in the Seattle Weekly this week headlined “From Secure Scheduling to Paid Sick Leave, Unions Get a Pass Under Seattle Labor Law – Where some see sensible policy, others see self-dealing.”
The so-called “self-dealing” appears to be part of the bargain between Seattle City Council members and Democrat legislators. Those liberal elected officials get gobs of campaign cash to get elected and stay in office. And labor gets just about everything it wants, as noted by uber-liberal Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton.
In a case of Orwell speak, union hacks even claims in The Weekly that it isn’t their idea to exempt themselves: “‘Businesses actually often request these provisions. They want flexibility with the law,’ says Stefan Moritz, director of Strategic Affairs with Unite Here Local 8. ‘It does foster problem-solving. As long as it is a fair process, we’re glad to work with employers on the terms.’”
Yep, fairness, that’s what we always assume the unions are looking for when they help their Democrat (and Socialist) friends write the rules.