UFCW 21 Legislative Agenda

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The 2019 legislative session begins on January 14 in Olympia and our lawmakers will once again face important decisions that affect our workplaces. In order to make progress on our priority issues this year, our elected leaders need to hear from us, hear our stories, and hear why these issues matter to us.

As the legislative session continues we will keep you updated on how we plan to keep up the pressure in order to make progress on these issues.

Workers across Washington are standing up for safer working conditions, fair wages, healthier workplaces, and the right to organize. In contract bargains, at the ballot box, and in cities across the state, workers are winning. It is time that state law makers put the needs of Washington workers above corporate greed. We believe that when workers are respected for their labor with fair wages, benefits and working conditions, those workers and the people they serve are all better off. With action by the 2019 legislature, we can make progress to achieving this.

2017 Primary Election Candidate Endorsement Recommendations

UFCW 21 Candidate Endorsement Recommendations


Everett

Candidate: Brian Sullivan
Office Running For: Mayor of Everett

Candidate: Paul Roberts
Office Running For: Everett City Council Pos. 1

 

Federal Way

Candidate: Jim Ferrell
Office Running For: Mayor of Federal Way

 

Jefferson County

Candidate: Cheri Van Hoover
Office Running For: East Jefferson County Public Hospital District 2 Position 1

 

Kent

Candidate: Dana Ralph
Office Running For: Mayor of Kent

Candidate: Satwinder Kaur
Office Running For: Kent City Council Pos. 2

Candidate: Tye Whitefield
Office Running For: Kent City Council Pos. 4

 

Olympia

Candidate: Clark Gilman
Office Running For: Olympia City Council Pos. 4


Sammamish

Candidate: Jason Ritchie
Office Running For: Sammamish City Council Pos. 1

Candidate: Rituja Indapure
Office Running For: Sammamish City Council Pos. 5

 

Shoreline

Candidate: Chris Roberts
Office Running For: Mayor of Shoreline

 

Spokane

Candidate: Breean Beggs
Office Running For: Spokane City Council Pos. 3

 

Tacoma

Candidate: Victoria Woodards
Office Running For: Mayor of Tacoma

Candidate: Catherine Ushka
Office Running For: Tacoma City Council Pos. 2

Candidate: Chris Beale
Office Running For: Tacoma City Council Pos. 5

Candidate: Pastor Gregory Christopher
Office Running For: Tacoma City Council Pos. 6

 

 

 

45th Legislative District

Candidate: Manka Dhingra
Office Running For: State Senate

 

King County

Candidate: Dow Constantine
Office Running For: King County Executive

Candidate: Dave Upthegrove
Office Running For: King County Council District 5

 

Port of Seattle

Candidate: John Creighton
Office Running For: Port of Seattle Commissioner Pos. 1

Candidate: Stephanie Bowman
Office Running For: Port of Seattle Commissioner Pos. 3

Candidate: John Persak
Office Running For: Port of Seattle Commissioner Pos. 4

 

Seattle

Candidate: Jessyn Farrell
Office Running For: Mayor of Seattle

Candidate: Teresa Mosqueda
Office Running For: Seattle City Council, Position 8

Candidate: Lorena González
Office Running For: Seattle City Council, Position 9

Candidate: Pete Holmes
Office Running For: Seattle City Attorney

 

Auburn

Candidate: Larry Brown
Office Running For: City Council Pos. 2

 

Bellingham/Whatcom County

Candidate: Roxanne Murphy
Office Running For: Bellingham City Council At-Large Position

Candidate: Michael Shepard
Office Running For: Port of Bellingham Commissioner District 1

Candidate: Barry Wenger
Office Running For: Port of Bellingham Commissioner District 2

 

Bremerton

Candidate: Greg Wheeler
Office Running For: Mayor of Bremerton

 

Burien

Candidate: Pedro Olguin
Office Running For: Burien City Council Pos. 1

Candidate: Jimmy Matta
Office Running For: Burien City Council Pos. 3

Candidate: Nancy Tosta
Office Running For: Burien City Council Pos. 5

Candidate: Krystal Marx
Office Running For: Burien City Council Pos. 7

 

Des Moines

Candidate: Chad Harper
Office Running For: Des Moines City Council Pos. 7

UFCW 21 Endorsed Candidates

State Auditor
Jeffrey Sprung

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Chris Reykdal

7th congressional district     
Pramila Jayapal              

9th congressional district
Adam Smith                   

US Senator
PATTY MURRAY

State Auditor
Pat McCarthy

Govenor
Jay Inslee

Lieutenant Governor
Cyrus Habib

Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler

Attorney General
Robert Ferguson

SECRETARY OF STATE
TINA PODLODSKI

LAND COMMISSIONER
Hilary Franz
 

Seattle Initiative 124: Yes

Prop 1 Transit: Yes

State initiatives:

1433: Yes

1464: Yes

1501: Yes

732: No

Lisa Wellman, State Representative, Legislative District 41

Derek Stanford, State Representative, Legislative District 1, Position 1

Andrew Billings, State Senator, Legislative District 3

Marcus Riccelli, State Representative, Legislative District 3, Position 1

Timm Ormsby, State Representative, Legislative District 3, Position 2

Jason Ritchie, State Representative, Legislative District 5, Position 1

Lynnette Vehrs, State Representative, Legislative District 6, Position 1

Sharlene Lichty, State Representative, Legislative District 6, Position 2

Robert Hasegawa, State Senator, Legislative District 11

Zachary Hudgins, State Representative, Legislative District 11, Position 1

Steven Berquist, State Representative, Legislative District 11, Position 2

Tim Probst, State Senator, Legislative District 17

Samuel Hunt, State Senator, Legislative District 22

Beth Doglio, State Representative, Legislative District 22, Position 2

Kevin De Wege, State Senator, Legislative District 22

Mike Chapman, State Representative, Legislative District 24, Position 1

Jamie Smith, State Representative, Legislative District 25, Position 1

Michelle Chatterton, State Representative, Legislative District 25, Position 2

Jeannie Darneille, State Senator, Legislative District 27

Laurie Jinkins, State Representative, Legislative District 27, Position 1

Jacob Fey, State Representative, Legislative District 27, Position 2

Marisa Peloquin, State Senator, Legislative District 28

Mari Leavitt, State Representative, Legislative District 28, Position 1

Christine Kilduff, State Representative, Legislative District 28, Position 2

Michael Pellicciotti, State Representative, Legislative District 30, Position 1

Ruth Kagi, State Representative, Legislative District 32, Position 2

Mia Gregerson, State Representative, Legislative District 33, Position 2

Eileen Cody, State Representative, Legislative District 34, Position 1

Joseph Fitzgibbon, State Representative, Legislative District 34, Position 2

Irene Bowling, State Representative, Legislative District 35, Position 1

Noel Frame, State Representative, Legislative District 36, Position 1

Michael Sells, State Representative, Legislative District 38, Position 2

Kirk Pearson, State Senator, Legislative District 39

Frank Chopp Jr, State Representative, Legislative District 43, Position 2

John Lovick, State Representative, Legislative District 44, Position 1

Roger Goodman, State Representative, Legislative District 45, Position 1

Gerald Pollet, State Representative, Legislative District 46, Position 1

Jessyn Farrell, State Representative, Legislative District 46, Position 2

Patricia Kuderer, State Representative, Legislative District 48, Position 1

Sharon Wylie, State Representative, Legislative District 49, Position 1

Monica Stonier, State Representative, Legislative District 49, Position 2

Hans Dunshee, Snohomish County Councilmember 

*This list may not be the complete list of endorsed candidates.  For full list please see the 2016 Washington State Labor Council Endorsement list website

New District Elections Brings New Opportunity to Shape City Hall: Candidate Endorsements Mostly New Faces with Strong Community Ties

This year, UFCW 21 did an early endorsement for Mike O’Brien (District 6) and Kshama Sawant (District 3). Today, UFCW 21 is announcing the rest of our endorsements for Seattle City Council.

With both Congress and the State Legislature tied-up in knots and mostly stalled in partisan gridlock, many active organizations across the nation are finding that city halls can be the best chance for creating change. Local Seattle examples from Paid Sick Days to a higher minimum wage have not only passed, but helped contribute to a nationwide movement for change. As a result, local Seattle City Council races are more important than ever.

In addition to the early endorsement (5/6/15) of O’Brien and Sawant, and our endorsement of Bruce Harrell (District 2), UFCW 21 Seattle City Council Endorsements include these new candidates for City Hall:

Lorena González: Position 9, City Wide

Jon Grant: Position 8, City Wide

Rob Johnson: District 4

Dual Primary Endorsement: Sandy Brown and Halei Watkins: District 5

The new labor standards we have passed in Seattle in the last four years are great, but workers still face many struggles that require legislative solutions, like affordable housing, transportations, hours and scheduling, police accountability, and environmental protections.
— Sarah Cherin, Political and Public Policy Director of UFCW 21.

Lisa Herbold: District 1


With every city council position open this year, 2015 provides a real opportunity for a set of values in city hall and local expertise on issues that matter most to our members and the communities we all live in:

Mike O’Brien
(Champion for labor, environment, accountability and our community benefits)

Kshama Sawant
(Leader on Higher Wages, better labor enforcement)

Jon Grant
(Housing)

 Rob Johnson
(Transportation)

Lorena González
(Employment rights and labor enforcement)

Sandy Brown
(Social Services)

Halei Watkins
(Civil Rights)

Lisa Herbold
(People’s knowledge of City Hall, strong progressive)

Bruce Harrell
(Ban the Box, Minimum Wage, Worker Scheduling)

UFCW 21 Endorses Early for O'Brien and Sawant in Seattle Council Races

UFCW 21, the state's largest private sector union, announced this morning that it has endorsed both Mike O'Brien (District 6) and  Kshama Sawant (District 3) for the 2015 Seattle City Council races. These are early endorsements. More decisions are yet to be made about other candidates for Council seats.

"Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant have given our members many reasons to vote for them and have earned the support of UFCW 21. Both have been leaders on the Council for working families.  They fought for a strong minimum wage law and they understand good jobs have to be part of smart development for all," said Todd Crosby, Secretary-Treasurer for UFCW 21.

O’Brien was a champion for the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Days law and both he and Sawant have supported the strong enforcement of the law.

These two elected officials consistently consider the interests of workers and good jobs over the interests of big developers and big corporations. O'Brien and Sawant are proven leaders on the council and have led on issues important to us. We look forward to them returning to the Council.

UFCW 21 has over 10,000 members who live or work in Seattle. These members are part of our large union of 45,000 members across the state. UFCW 21 members work in grocery stores, retail, health care and other industries. Our union considers endorsements for candidates who are champions for working people.  

Kshama Sawant (District 3) 

Kshama Sawant (District 3) 

Mike O'Brien (District 6) 

Mike O'Brien (District 6)