The Seattle City Council has proven its far-left tendencies time and time again over the past few years, on issues local, statewide and even international. Evidently, whether the City Council has the authority to actually do anything doesn’t matter on an issue, as long as its members are currying favor with the special interests that bankroll their campaigns.
Such is the case with the latest effort by the Council to stick its nose where it has no business namely a labor dispute between the University of Washington and its medical residents.
As the Puget Sound Business Journal notes, “Councilmembers Mike O’Brien. Jean Godden, Nick Licata, Lorena Gonzalez, and Kshama Sawant all signed a letter sent to UW President Ana Mari Cauce asking her to accept the “reasonable demands in contract negotiations between the university and the union.”
Now, what is “reasonable” to the likes of Sawant, O’Brian, et al, is not likely to be defined as reasonable by most people. That’s because Seattle’s far-left council members seem to believe that whatever labor unions want is “reasonable”. Remember the drive to satisfy labor’s demands for a $15 minimum wage in the city?
Fortunately, the University of Washington is no under the thumb of the city council, so the letter is likely to have little impact on the UW’s negotiations with its employees. But, why should Seattle City Council members let little facts like that stop them from trying to please their campaign donors?
Bradley Whaley says
Arrogance is their MO. My son goes to UW, and we certainly don’t need to pay for their PAC supporters. Speaking of PACs like the bully WEA, perhaps it is time the council wear name tags for every entity that has the council in their pocket. This is something proposed in the state of California. Make the fourth (unelected) branch of government go away.
Like the time they made it so independent drivers could be forced to fund their political donors, the Teamsters? https://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/sites/default/files/documents/TeamsterContributions.pdf