The state’s labor bosses are not satisfied in just having Democrat elected officials follow their orders on policy (minimum wage, secret contract negotiations, etc) lead – now they want one of their own running
the party’s operations.
And what the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) wants from the Democrats, the WSLC gets (in return for generous campaign contributions, of course).
Labor’s control over the party’s activities took a step forward with the move of Karen Deal, WSLC’s Political Director, to the role of Executive Director at the state Democrat Party.
Deal has quite a line-up of former union bosses. Before taking her position at the WSLC, she was the Political Director for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 and—before that—the Political Director for the M.L. King County Labor Council and the AFL-CIO.
As the President of WSLC put it, he expects Ms. Deal to “sharpen the State Party’s strategic campaign planning and to help them hone their campaigns around a shared prosperity vision and value set.”
Read that, “hone their campaigns” around whatever issues labor tells the Democrats are part of their “shared prosperity vision” for the growth of unions and government budgets throughout the state.