The King County Labor Council only endorsed measure 1B even though, of course, there are many union members in 1A. This had seemed a mystery to me because if both 1A and1B have union members, why not support both? Well, it seems there may be a rift between some unions over that sole endorsement and here's a letter asking the KC Labor Council to rescind it.
Dear MLKCLC Affiliates and Fellow Members:
behalf of our IBEW 46's 4,700 members, we’re writing to ask the King
County Labor Council to rescind its sole endorsement of City Hall’s Prop
1B. IBEW Local 46 endorsed Prop 1A because it was crafted by Union
sisters and brothers and because it would help more of our members with
their childcare needs than 1B.
As you may recall, earlier this
year the Council’s vote on endorsing Prop 1A was just 0.25% short of the
67% required for endorsement, meaning that more than 66% of the
delegates supported endorsing Proposition 1A. We believe that new
information just now coming to light compels a revote.
70% of Prop 1B’s funding comes from anti-labor forces: At the time of
the vote to endorse Proposition 1B, that campaign had not declared
significant financial contributions. As election day now approaches,
checks for $100,000 from ultra-wealthy conservatives are flooding in to
Prop 1B. As of today, 72% of Prop 1B’s campaign coffers are filled by
wealthy individuals and corporations who have a record of funding
anti-labor Republicans, education reformers, opposing minimum wage
hikes, and blocking tax reform. These are the people who funded
campaigns against the Seatac Initiative and Initiative 1098, the high
earners income tax. They funded the charter schools initiative (I-1240)
and PACs to privatize public schools and bust teachers’ unions.
1B’s claims about Prop 1A’s cuts to city services and jobs were wildly
exaggerated scare tactics: Leading up to the Council’s vote, Prop 1B
campaign members told city employee unions that jobs would be lost,
services cut, if Prop 1A passed. This claim has since been called into
question by numerous media outlets and experts as “speculation” (Q13
News), “obfuscation” (Publicola), and a “gaping discrepancy” (Crosscut).
Even the Mayor’s political appointee to the Budget office admits his
numbers are “open to interpretation” (Stranger).
In light of this
new information, we believe it is imperative that the King County Labor
Council call for a revote on endorsements. If we had this information
at the time of the original endorsement we believe Prop 1A would have
been easily endorsed by the delegates.
Certified Electrical Workers of WA
That's an interesting tactic to consider for future reference. Get your endorsements in BEFORE you get real money (from whoever gives it to you whether or not the alignment between your endorsers and your contributors lines up).