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WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL OF COUNTY AND CITY EMPLOYEES  -  AFSCME AFL-CIO  - COUNCIL 2
County and City Employees
WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL OF COUNTY AND CITY EMPLOYEES - COUNCIL 2 - AFSCME AFL-CIO

Winter 2012

Council 2 welcomes election results

by County and City Employee writer on November 26, 2012

FOR THE MOST PART, the election results were good news for labor in general and Council 2 in particular.“The stakes were very high in this election at the state as well as the national level,” says Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson. “And in both cases we saw two solid victories for working families.

“We want to thank our membership for overwhelmingly endorsing the pro-worker candidates.”

Council 2 has especially welcomed the election of Jay Inslee as Washington State governor. He was endorsed by the union as he has shown consistent support for labor and for Council 2 in particular. Inslee was a speaker at several Council 2 conventions, including the one held in Seattle in June last year.

“The race for the governorship was close, but obviously the more progressive factor won out,” Thompson says, “For Council 2, it was good news.”

Losses suffered in the Senate reduce the margin between the pro-labor and anti-labor forces.

Although the pro-worker members still represent a majority in the Senate, that majority is slim and some anti-worker legislation will be put forward in that environment, Thompson says.

The pro-worker majority in the House of Representatives remains.

In one of the most hotly contested local races, former Microsoft vice president Suzan DelBene, who was endorsed by Council 2, defeated Snohomish County Council member John Koster.

As expected, Tim Eyman’s third renewal of the requirement that tax increases be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature passed easily. But, although it remains law, its constitutional validity is to be contested in the courts.

Under the Eyman initiative, 17 senators can, in effect, control the whole taxing process.

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