International Union of Operating Engineers Local 609 Endorses Kshama Sawant!


We’re excited to announce that Kshama Sawant has received the first union endorsement of any District 3 candidate!

We’re proud to have the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 609 on #TeamKshama. Representing over 700 workers, IUOE Local 609 is the oldest and largest union local of non-teaching employees of K-12 public schools in Washington State.

As a proud member of AFT 1789, Kshama Sawant has been a consistent fighter for working people and unions on the Seattle City Council. She worked alongside labor to spearhead the fight for the historic $15 minimum wage. Since then, she has led movements to win millions for affordable housing and new renters’ rights laws while standing steadfast and walking the picket lines with union workers: from the SEA strike of 2015 to the SEIU 1199NW strike at Harborview in 2016 to the Teamsters 174 bus drivers and UAW 4121 strikes last year.

35 labor organizations endorsed Kshama during her 2015 re-election campaign. Already, union leaders and rank-and-file members are joining our powerful grassroots campaign. Save the date:

Hosted By

  • David Parsons, President UAW 4121*
  • Paula Lukaszek, President WFSE 1488*
  • John Frazier, WFSE 3488*
  • Kathy Heffernan, SEIU 1199NW*
  • Salvador Castillo, WFSE 1488*
  • Jonathan Rosenblum, UAW 1981*
  • Robby Stern

*For identification purposes only

We need your help to meet an urgent deadline!

To defeat Amazon and the corporate political establishment, we will need to build the strongest grassroots campaign in Seattle. We’ve already raised $74,000 without taking a penny from big business, corporations, CEOs, business lobbyists, or big developers. We need to raise another $6,000 by Friday to meet our goal of raising $80,000, in order to:

  • Print tens of thousands of flyers and knock on every door in Kshama’s district
  • Rent a campaign office a growing challenge as rents continue to skyrocket in District 3
  • Hire field organizers, all paid at least $15/hr


Can you make a donation today to join IUOE Local 609, community leaders and activists, union presidents, and rank-and-file workers on #TeamKshama?

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