Skip to comments.Thousands Rally Under Capitol Dome In Olympia(Washington State)
Posted on 02/21/2011 6:07:40 PM PST by mdittmar
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Union members, students, parents and even former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich rallied in Olympia on Monday, taking advantage of the holiday to lobby against budget cuts and to show solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled union for state employees.
The Washington State Patrol estimated that 2,000 people rallied under the Capitol Dome, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Senior Political reporter Essex Porter.
Washington state employees chanted, sang songs and waved signs in the Capitol Rotunda in a rally supporting unions and state employees in Wisconsin. Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich addressed the group wearing a union T-shirt from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Several other groups took advantage of the Presidents Day holiday to demonstrate -- college students urging funding for higher education and the Washington State PTA asking legislators to protect students from budget cuts.
Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker targeted public employees in a massive budget cut proposal, calling for cuts to their benefits and limiting their ability to collectively bargain on wage issues. Walker has said his proposal is about cutting state and local spending for years to come, but acknowledges that if approved, it could cripple unions.
Kucinich said he hoped the rally in Olympia would ripple across the country to show solidarity to union workers in Wisconsin.
"You cannot have a democracy if you don't have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits," Kucinich said, lauding Washington as being a "bastion for workers' rights," where people have the capacity to push back.
Washington is one of the most unionized states in the country, according to a January U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, reminded the crowd that collective bargaining ended child labor and created the 40-hour work week.
"Collective bargaining is not the problem," she said.
Most state employees have Monday off and Tuesday is an unpaid furlough day.
oh,wait, Governor Chris Gregoire is a Democrat,my bad;)
You may want to read your own post a little more carefully.
Could the demos be any more like Greece??
Take lotsa pics.
These are the people we must get (and do bad things to) after the great collapse.
Communist union greed is not pretty. They are scared. Very scared. Americans need to keep the pressure on the commie union thugs. The handwriting is on the wall. Americans are going to end the union greed and bullying.
Selfish leftist Union hacks + reduced government revenues equals brat children on steroids.
Government unions = ANTI-democracy
It seems as though Gregoire isn’t involved except for nebulous budget cuts which the article doesn’t specifically identify as Wash. State budget cuts...it was a show of “solidarity” with Wisconsin leftists, or so it seems.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich needs to head back to Ohio and pay his fines! What a shock! A dem has done something untowards!
Queen Christine looks like the Grinch, if you ask me. I really fear for my teeth sometimes living in this state...the grinding I do...aarrgghh!
Chaos and turmoil in the Middle East and the Middle West at the same time? Coincidence? Or Soros?
By their very nature:
Unions = Communism
That's odd,she's doing the same thing the Governor in Wisconsin is doing.
“You cannot have a democracy if you don’t have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits,” Kucinich said, lauding Washington as being a “bastion for workers’ rights,” where people have the capacity to push back.
I guess Kucinich desn’t know what a democracy is.
After years of watching the private sector get obliterated I have no sympathy for these gravy-train riding dreamers and their concerns.
As a Washingtonion residing on a well guarded mountain top, located approximately 3 hours west of Seattle, I bow my head in shame and offer my heartfelt apologies to my once great and free nation.....
“We Suck”, should be our state slogan.
Sorry, I didn’t get that from this article...good to know, though, and surprising.
Students? Students know nothing about life or how things really work. Wait until they have a mortgage and 2.5 kids and then maybe they might understand or at least then they might have proved themselves enough to have a voice.
Thanks for the ping - I was going to go, but could not put it together... Comcast was out, and I had to wait all day for the cable guy.
The dems are scared!
I understand your sentiment, but with me it’s disgust, not shame. I remember when life was good here and when the Seattlunatics were only a little insane.
Now I live here just to spite my lefty neighbors ;-)
You cannot have a democracy if you don’t have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits,” Kucinich said
We are a REPUBLIC a##hat Kusinich
Dennis should remember Ohio will loose two seats due the census redistricting.
There’s no real democracy in this country, in the sense that the people set the policy. There’s rule by Democratic liberals and leftists, which is not the same thing.
Well, the talking points are out. democracy/negotiate is all I've been hearing all day on the news channels.
AGAIN, like the stolen election(s) the lib dems are trying to circumvent the democratic process because they didnt get their ways.
I hope ALL these unions get broken. We can't afford them and the only useful purpose they serve is to blackmail and parasitize the host company they work for, for an ever increasing spiral of salary and benefits.
KILL THE UNIONS!
Hey...Unionistas! The handwriting is on the wall. You are going down, you commie losers. The public trough gets no more slop for you pigs. Squeal all you want. There is no more slop.
These days, she resembles the Geiko moles that live under the rocks (the moles are actually Gov'ner Gargoyle's very own Flying Monkeys, Adam and Lisa Smith, twins wed at birth, rabies shots at 6 months) next to (under?) the I-5 corrider.
...and the Civil War ended slavery, but that doesn't mean we should still be fighting it. Labor unions have served their purpose, but they are as obsolete today as would be Federal troops surrounding Vicksburg every summer.
The “Looters” are out of control. When are we going to “shrug?”
What is Ohioan Dennis Kucinich doing meddling in other State’s affairs?
Shouldn’t he be protesting the cuts in Ohio?
Hmmm... no American flag, no state flag, therefore: must be a RAT.
Obviously uses the same DeWalt airbrush as First Ladies (used loosely) Hillary and Michelle.
Kucinich had to go all the way to WA to get noticed?
Kucinich had to go all the way to WA to get noticed?
3hours west of Seattle. That’s ocean water?
“former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich rallied in Olympia “
I’m amazed the munchkin made it. I thought he was crippled for life or something from biting into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap from the House cafeteria. Maybe they rolled him to the demonstration in a wheel chair or he was on crutches with a neck brace or something, you know, to help out with the big lawsuit he has against the U.S. government for wounding him so badly with a sandwich.
These people are "The ENEMY within!"
They are showing us what they really are and what they want = ANIMAL FARM where they are more "equal" than all of us other/lesser "animals".
If Americans do not take a stand against them, the Republic will fall and America as it has existed from it's founding will be no more, replaced instead by a Socialist, Communist, Marxist, Islamic "state".
Port Angeles, on the North Olympic Peninsula.... but you’re close. ;>)
Think Dave Beck who started out in Seattle and went on to head the teamsters, did prison time and eventually replaced by Hoffa.
Yea she is a Democrat but shot down her tax increases in Nov which really upset her. She went into vapor lock!
Soros! Definitely Soros.
Eff ‘em! And Dennis Kookcinich needs to go home to Ohio and suck an olive.
Bizarre isn't it?
The government at all levels has become so huge, so bloated, so controlling, that hundreds of thousands are going to demand more and higher taxes to pay for their lottery style government salaries and government retirement pensions...
I think it's becoming increasingly clear the American people work for those in government.
Heh, I was thinking the same thing! Port Angeles does make sense, though. Bainbridge Island seems like the coast to me when I’m in Seattle!