Like many of the special interest groups in Olympia, the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) has published its annual legislative rankings for the Democrat legislators that supported the new government handouts the union wanted. The scorecard lists the votes, laws passed and assigns a positive score to the legislators that do the bidding of their union overlords.
These are the same legislators that received hefty campaign donations from the WSLC and its member unions during the last campaign season. Pick a random Democrat legislator (say, Democrat Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self, as an example) and the campaign donations are a list of who’s who of labor unions, state employee unions, and special interest PACs all looking to use the power of state government to swell their pocketbooks.
The unions know it’s payback time when the legislative session starts. They go knocking on the doors of the legislators who just a few months earlier were begging them for campaign contributions.
The list of union bills passed was pretty much down party lines, with the Democrats the unions bought and paid for, all voting in support.
Let’s connect a few dots to show how the quid-pro quo works, using taxpayer dollars as the payoff slush fund.
Democrat/Marxist Senator (and union shill) Rebecca Saldana introduced Senate Bill 5267, which effectively requires a homeowner trying to flip an investment property to join a union to do any electrical work on their own property. Funny, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers maxed out its contributions to Sen. Saldana in the last election.
Must be a coincidence.
Expanding union membership to include more state attorneys, Democrat Senator Steve Conway brought Senate Bill 5133 to the floor , allowing state employees to use taxpayer dollars to bargain for more taxpayer dollars in their paychecks. Conway’s list of donors is every union and special interest group using the (forced) union dues they currently extract from their members. Of course, the Washington Federation of State Employees, which will benefit from the bill passing, has given extensively to Conway over the years.
Nothing to see there.
Union stalwart and Democrat Representative Mike Sells introduced House Bill 1097, misnamed as “Increasing worker protections”, which allows employees to put liens on employer’s homes, cars and anything else they can think of. It’s a shallow attempt at screwing over private business owners to give unions an advantage by holding hostage the business owners’ assets. Strangely, the Service Employees International Union, State Council of County and City Employees (more of your tax dollars at work), SEIU 775, the Teamsters, Boilermakers, Federation of State Employees, and many more unions all gave generously to Rep. Sells campaign in 2020.
Sells is worth the contribution if you are a union – lots of return on investment there.
The unions even managed to get the only private Federal Detention Center shut down by defunding it. The water carrier for the unions on House Bill 1090 was Democrat Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self, who claimed (falsely) that the facility was unsafe, even though it has a 20-year record of excellent service. The problem was the employees at the facility were not unionized, something Ortiz-Self, funded by multiple unions, just couldn’t stand for. So, it had to close.
It doesn’t take a non-unionized rocket scientist to see how the unions get what they want. In all, the WSLC scorecard chalks up 19 wins for unions at the expense of Washington taxpayers. Most of the Democrats in the Senate and House have a perfect 100 percent voting records, unsurprising given the amount of money directed to their campaigns by the unions.
Of course, if you challenge the Senators and Representatives on this obvious conflict of interest, there is no connection between the campaign contributions and the introduction and support of union-sponsored legislation. None whatsoever.
And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.