Seattle Socialist council member – “Take over factories … shut down profit-making machine”

On Nov. 6, I told you how Prop 1 in SeaTac, Washington passed, requiring businesses to pay a minimum wage of $15 and provide paid sick leave. Now, a Seattle City council member – who ran as a Socialist – suggested “workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine.”

From, published on Tuesday morning, with my emphasis.

Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state.

“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night. …

On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions.

Now Boeing is threatening to take those jobs to other states.

Boeings net profit margin has been about 4.8 percent. Not much of a profit-making machine … like Microsoft (28.08 percent) or Apple (21.67 percent), but they must be different for some reason.

Remember when the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) threatened to sue Boeing? We also wrote about it here. In short, NLRB was going to sue Boeing because they were considering making a bunch of 787 Dreamliners in non-union South Carolina. Of course, the Obama administrations left-wing NLRB was supporting the union in Seattle in every way with the threat of legal action. Eventually, the NLRB dropped the case since the union got a new deal from Boeing and dropped their complaints.

Funny how that works huh? Union says “all is OK” and the federal government dogs back off.

Well, that Boeing union deal was signed-off in December of 2011 and since we’re two years in, it’s time for another group of union hacks and the socialists like Kshama Sawant to start stirring shit up again. That’s right, you read correctly. Boeing is back at the negotiating table again with the machinists union at the plant, and the union is playing hardball.

As a conservative, I know every TEA Party member will agree with me. Boeing should leave Washington immediately. Pull everything out. Tell the locals to go pound sand. I know that’s not possible because of the resources Boeing has invested in the area, but I’d be doing everything possible to ensure any new business expansion was done in a non-union environment.

10 replies
  1. Eric
    Eric says:

    Just watch what morons like this dot-head do to an otherwise profitable free-market zone. ?They have all of these “great ideas”, ideas that just cannot work in place like this. ?Anyone who’s stupid enough to listen to this female deserves everything that comes his way!

  2. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    Boeing is poised not just to leave Washington but the United States for the Middle East.?? Go ahead people, just drive this great company out of the Country, Obama can make planes, can’t he???

  3. bien-pensant
    bien-pensant says:

    Boeing (BA) CEO Jim McNerney is eager to move the company to China.
    ?That has been the rumor for a while. The facts are that Boeing has a $600 million contract to build vertical fin tail assemblies for 787s with the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. The CEO likes the idea of lower labor costs, thus offering China aircraft at a lower cost. Hmmmm. It IS a business.
    These short-sighted idiots in the Seattle union are only hastening their own demise.
    Maybe Malloy could run out there and court them with our millions? He might get his own private aircraft out of it! (CT 1?)

  4. SeeingRed
    SeeingRed says:

    Take over the factories?? Isn’t that inciting violence – and she’s a public official?? You can’t yell fire in a theatre (if there isn’t one).? Free speech?? And did anyone not KNOW this is what they wanted all along?

  5. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    “The job of socialists is to point the way forward, and we are not shy about it. We invite people to debate with us on ideas of socialism. But we are not shy and we have been proven, resoundingly correct, that we should not be shy, because there is no excuse for being shy or reticent when you are talking about such serious issues as fighting against the enormous misery that capitalism unleashes on us, all over the world. So let’s be clear about it, let’s not be shy. This is not a time for modesty; this is a time for boldness and courage.“???? Sawant’s wiki entry

    Gee, first of all, India’s major problems stem from it’s embrace of socialism until recently.? Secondly, she doesn’t seem quick to force her husband to quit his position at Microsoft, a demonstrably capitalist company known for the “misery” it causes.
    Lousy socialist hypocrite.

  6. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    Why don’t these illiberal morons take over the universities, shut down their obscene profit making machines (and bookstores) and demand an affordable education that will actually lead to something more than a barista job at Starbucks (or city council member) once graduated! ?

  7. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    It does seem the academic world can raise tuitions with abandon in spite of sitting on mountains of money and infrastructure that was bought and paid for long ago… ?Maybe the academic world needs something like the EMTLA, passed in ’86, which mandates that hospitals must treat everyone regardless of ability to pay. ?I’d at least like to see bus loads of poor students from the north side educated in places like Wesleyan- they can practice the socialism they preach right down to GPA redistribution. ?We’ll never get rid of elitism until the poverty, graffiti, violence, and flash mobs trickle up to Ivy League institutions:)

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