Labor Rally at UW
Cheering pompom girls were strutting their stuff at the University of Washington campus last Wednesday, May 15. They weren't wearing Husky garb, however; they were decked out in the regalia of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 925. Over 60 members of the union--UW's largest, representing administrative and clerical workers--kicked off contract negotiations with a pep rally.
The 5,000-member union is fighting to add 600 members to their contract, improve sick leave and overtime compensation, and strengthen job security, all before the current contract expires in November. AMY JENNIGES
Judy's Toxic Tour
On Thursday, May 16, Seattle City Council Member Judy Nicastro took a tour of the Central Area and South Park neighborhoods. Thanks to the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, Nicastro got a lesson on toxic industries (like paint companies) in residential neighborhoods. CCEJ was courting Nicastro, who chairs the Land Use Committee, as part of their campaign to change zoning laws. CCEJ wants to keep polluting industries out of low-income communities. AMY JENNIGES
"The city council should have taken the lead on this issue. But they've been hiding from it," City Council Member Nick Licata, said at the May 18 campaign kickoff for distict elections. Hey Nick, you could float some legislation to call your colleagues out of hiding, ya know. Dan Savage
West Seattle Mascot
The West Seattle High School Native American Club--which has fought the school's nickname, the Indians, for years--rallied in principal Phil Brockman's office on Wednesday, May 22, accompanied by 50 community members. They were protesting Brockman's recent decision to cancel a student vote on a new mascot. Brockman says the issue needs more discussion. Alumni influence is to blame, says the Native American Club.
"We were trying to show [Brockman] that the Native Americans have power too," says sophomore Kateri Joe. Nearly 700 people have signed a petition calling for a mascot change. AMY JENNIGES
Police Approve Fenix Nightclub
Despite attempts by the Pioneer Square Community Association, it looks like earthquake-damaged nightclub the Fenix is getting a liquor license for its new location ["Tension Rising," Pat Kearney, May 2]. According to a May 9 letter, police say the Fenix received overwhelming support from Pioneer Square. Ninety-two businesses and residents favored the Fenix, five were opposed. PAT KEARNEY