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Oct 16, 2014 piequeenA commented on Our Endorsements for the November General Election! (Plus CHEAT SHEET!).
What a bunch of mainstream milktoasts you have turned into! Scannell stands for exactly the same lefty values that The Stranger trumpets time and again. The same reasons I tune in every election season to see the endorsements. Why fail to show such a guy support now?

I'll get to the point. Scannell was my lawyer.

In 2004, the King County Library System - one of the single largest library systems in the nation - violated WA State employment law, as pertains to librarians and library staff in particular, by firing staff without cause. There is special state statute relating to library staff, sadly unlike all the other poor saps in the private market.

KCLS ignored state law, fired approximately 150 staff right on the eve of signing their first ever union contract. A brutal housecleaning move before said 150 staff could be shepherded into the new union negotiations. The whole business was rotten in a number of ways. Don't even ask about how we were structurally prevented from working enough hours to qualify for benefits nevermind much in the way of unemployment insurance.

I was among the minimum 6 person required to form a class action (3 librarians, 3 library assistants in our case) who were represented by Scannell. In the end, we did not prevail on technicalities. So, this do-gooder case among Scannell's many didn't rate much notice. Unlike his celebrated case against the City of Seattle for abuses during the WTO protests. Unlike his case against Seattle for abuses of employee designations like "seasonal" "substitute" "temporary" and "parttime" used by The City to deny benefits and pensions to employees.

You would think that lawyers would have flocked to our sides given the established state statute that was violated (re: librarians) along with caselaw around substitute employees (established by Scannell). You would think, but we were largely ignored as clients by lawyerdom. Only Scannell took up our cause.

Say what you like about scrappy Scannell looking weird and taking the oddball cases but that's what merits my respect. Slick lawyers who chase money are a dime a dozen. Scannell is the genuine article.

Re-bar Scannell!
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Oct 16, 2014 piequeenA commented on Why the Hell Is a Disbarred Lawyer Allowed to Run for State Supreme Court?.
Sanders, what a mainstream milktoast you have turned into! Scannell stands for exactly the same lefty values that The Stranger trumpets time and again. The same reasons I tune in every election season to see the endorsements. Why fail to show such a guy support now?





I'll get to the point. Scannell was my lawyer.





In 2004, the King County Library System - one of the single largest library systems in the nation - violated WA State employment law, as pertains to librarians and library staff in particular, by firing staff without cause. There is special state statute relating to library staff, sadly unlike all the other poor saps in the private market.





KCLS ignored state law, fired approximately 150 staff right on the eve of signing their first ever union contract. A brutal housecleaning move before said 150 staff could be shepherded into the new union negotiations. The whole business was rotten in a number of ways. Don't even ask about how we were structurally prevented from working enough hours to qualify for benefits nevermind much in the way of unemployment insurance.





I was among the minimum 6 person required to form a class action (3 librarians, 3 library assistants in our case) who were represented by Scannell. In the end, we did not prevail on technicalities. So, this do-gooder case among Scannell's many didn't rate much notice. Unlike his celebrated case against the City of Seattle for abuses during the WTO protests. Unlike his case against Seattle for abuses of employee designations like "seasonal" "substitute" "temporary" and "parttime" used by The City to deny benefits and pensions to employees.





You would think that lawyers would have flocked to our sides given the established state statute that was violated (re: librarians) along with caselaw around substitute employees (established by Scannell). You would think, but we were largely ignored as clients by lawyerdom. Only Scannell took up our cause.





Say what you like about scrappy Scannell looking weird and taking the oddball cases but that's what merits my respect. Slick lawyers who chase money are a dime a dozen. Scannell is the genuine article.





Re-bar Scannell!
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Oct 24, 2012 piequeenA commented on The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election.
Hells yeah, on the point about ignoring the 'burbs.

I know all you Capitol Hill-dwelling Stranger writers love to dis "Blahvue" and all the other 'burbs packed with educated, white collar-wearing, tech industry-working, active voters but... you shouldn't. Really.

It's an interesting phenom among you mostly carpet bagging barely-Seattlites who love to dis what you hardly know and it's one I've railed against for years (to little effect). Having been actually born on Capitol Hill and raised in Bellevue (and continuing to live there) and a diehard Dem, I kind of take issue with your sweeping, ignorant, outsider viewpoint empowered by ink and pixels.

Beyond that, we need the clarification of matters on suburban issues no less than Seattle voters need clarification on the seawall (or the monorail back in the day) and other local, niche issues that get people whipped into a froth.
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