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Seattle Gives City Workers Time Off to Attend Anti-Trump Protests

The resolution also declares May Day a "day of action for worker and immigrant rights."

The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution this week which declares May 1 a "day of action" on which city employees are encouraged to attend planned anti-Trump protests instead of going to work.

The resolution—drafted by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party—instructs supervisors of city government departments to remind their workers that they are entitled to take two days of unpaid leave for "days of faith and conscience," and that attending Monday's protests is a legitimate use of this leave.

Sawant's resolution goes on to stress to Seattleites that through strikes and civil disobedience they "have the power to defeat Trump's attacks, because without workers' mental and physical labor no business can make profits and none of the productive forces of the world can be harnessed."

Seattle city rules require supervisors to grant request for these unpaid days off, unless doing so would jeopardize public safety or cause undue hardship.

Somewhat ironically, the Socialist-drafted resolution tacitly admits that a mass of government workers not showing up to do their jobs on Monday would not be an undue hardship for the city. Unfortunately, undue hardship seems to be exactly what Sawant wants to impose on the good citizens of Seattle.

"If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class," Sawant said in a Tuesday interview on King5, an NBC affiliate, "then we will need disruptive action like shutting down airports, and shutting down highways."

Other Seattle government officials, while eager to sign on to this "day of action," are less keen about Sawant's call for "disruptive action." Mayor Ed Murray provided some rather impotent pushback saying, "We need to keep our freeways and our on and off ramps...the state, of course, needs to keep our on and off ramps open."

Washington State Patrol Captain Ron Mead had harsher words for Sawant, calling her rhetoric "reckless and irresponsible."

"It's unsafe for both protesters and motorists alike, and we are simply not going to tolerate that unlawful behavior of trying to shut down the interstate or state highway systems," he told local radio station KIRO.

Mead called it "reckless and irresponsible" for an elected official to encourage city workers and residents to engage in illegal behavior and police confrontations. It also seems decidedly pointless as an act of anti-Trump resistance. On Election Day 2016, only 8 percent of Seattleites cast a ballot for Donald Trump, who won a total of zero precincts in the city. Only Washington, D.C., and Detroit were harsher to the current president.

George W. Bush, by comparison, still managed to come away with 20 percent of votes from the city in 2004, suggesting that Trump is particularly anathema to Seattle voters. Given that, it's hard to understand what exactly anti-Trump protesters blocking anti-Trump commuters will do to thwart the president's agenda, or to conjure up a "summer of resistance."

But who knows? Maybe the Trump administration truly is just one traffic jam away from crumbling.

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  • wareagle||

    What better way to convince people to your cause then by telling them to 'fuck off' and live without things they are forced to fund. At least the State Patrol guy sees that this could be an issue.

  • BYODB||


    ...instructs supervisors of city government departments to remind their workers that they are entitled to take two days of unpaid leave for "days of faith and conscience," and that attending Monday's protests is a legitimate use of this leave.


    Ha! Well, at least it's unpaid leave so I doubt many people will take them up on that.

  • BYODB||

    Oh, and there's also the implication that the State is a religion. They just don't even bother wearing masks up there anymore, huh?

  • Zeb||

    Isn't "conscience" in there specifically to allow non-religious uses of the leave?

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Either way, it doesn't apply to progressives. Soulless unlcean things that they are.

  • esteve7||

    Teachers do this shit too. Check out Sargon's video on BAMN, the terrorist cult group.

    Yes, brainwashing a bunch of 6th graders and taking them out of class for your militant leftist groups is totally fine. And she hasn't been fired.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQwfTPqn5kc&t=0s

  • ||

    Check out Sargon's video on BAMN, the terrorist cult group.

    This occurred to me when I read 'days of faith and conscience'. It will be interesting when one of these 'days of faith and conscience' involves blowing up a bunch white nationalists Westerners random group of people infidels.

    I admit it's rare and probably won't happen but isn't this whimsical days off, ascribed to a religious cause, an explicit violation of the whole 'Separation of Church and State' thing.

  • ||

    ?

  • Sigivald||

    There is no "separation of church and state" clause in the US Constitution.

    There's a clause that bans establishment of religion, broadly interpreted to say the State can't pick-and-choose religious stuff.

    But there's no problem with "faith and conscience days", since it explicitly allows non-religious people the same benefit and is agnostic [seewhatIdidthere?] about the specifics.

  • ||

    There is no "separation of church and state" clause in the US Constitution.
    ...
    But there's no problem with "faith and conscience days", since it explicitly allows non-religious people the same benefit and is agnostic [seewhatIdidthere?] about the specifics.

    I know there's no such clause in The Constitution. Just pointing out, as others have, the hypocrisy of getting a day off from government employ because of your faith is totally okay when your faith is in protest of The President President Trump.

  • Zeb||

    I think the point is that "conscience" is in there specifically to make sure that it isn't only for religious purposes so that they aren't discriminating against non-religious people.

    It's nothing to do with religion and no one is saying that protesting Trump is a religious activity.

    It's totally inappropriate for a government to encourage it's employees to take time off for a specific political protest. But religion has nothing to do with anything here.

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    Right after the bit about establishment of a religion, the Constitution says that government cannot 'prohibit[ ] the free exercise thereof'.

    Giving workers the choice of taking some days off for religious purposes is a way for a government to avoid inadvertently prohibiting the free exercise of religion for its employees. And as the others have already mentioned, this particular example is carefully worded to avoid favouring any religion over any other, or any lack of religion as well.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Me: I can't imagine the Seattle City Council doing any dumber lefty shit than this.

    Seattle City Council: Hold my beer

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Seattle City Council: Hold my beerartisanal small-batch kombucha

  • Elias Fakaname||

    I dunno, it all sounds like treason talk to me.

  • BearOdinson||

    So if every "non-emergency" city worker took the same day off for "faith and conscience", and that doesn't present an undue hardship, how important are these idiots?

    Damn near any job requires coordinating days off, so that someone is left to mind the store (assuming it isn't a declared holiday for the company). Any real job could discipline people for this.

  • Calidissident||

    Would city employees taking days off to protest Obama (or the city government for that matter) have been given the same treatment?

  • WakaWaka||

    In the richest, whitest city in America, nonetheless. Time to admit that 'The Resistance' is just a bunch of bored rich white liberals who are oh so terribly 'woke'

  • Brandybuck||

    Absolutely. You aren't seeing these shit in black inner cities. This is entirely an affluent white movement. They just pissed that an affluent white male outsider won the election instead of an affluent white female insider.

  • brokencycle||

    We should give them about 365 unpaid days off for faith and conscious.

  • DJF||

    """Kshama Sawant"""

    So Shikha Dalmia changed her name?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Yes, there is only one Indian woman in the entire United States.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Two actually. Oriya Rai, porn star, is all of the hot Indian women here.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    'Priya'...........damn squirrels typing with only one hand today.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "It's unsafe for both protesters and motorists alike, and we are simply not going to tolerate that unlawful behavior of trying to shut down the interstate or state highway systems," he told local radio station KIRO.

    WHILE DONNING HIS MAGA CAP.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    because without workers' mental and physical labor no business can make profits and none of the productive forces of the world can be harnessed

    Too bad you're giving time off to the city government.

  • ||

    Well, we already have "Labor Day", so whatever. Just another paid vacation day for government workers.

    If May Day actually was a national holiday, what are the chances anyone would actually use it to protest capitalism, as opposed to going on vacation, or celebrating pagan Beltane rites?

    The best thing to do here, is to just declare it a city-wide holiday for everyone. Nobody would go to the protests and everyone would take a three day weekend.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    This has to be taken as an unpaid day.

  • Brandybuck||

    All them Seattle gub'ment workers are going to take May Day off anyway, because it's their annual "let's all praise communism" celebration. I mean, duh.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    "If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class," Sawant said in a Tuesday interview on King5, an NBC affiliate, "then we will need disruptive action like shutting down airports, and shutting down highways."

    If they do this and somebody dies because the ambulance they're in can't get to the hospital, I hope this little fuckstick is held responsible.

  • ||

    Will everyone in Seattle have to wait one more day for their gay marriage license because of these employees' faiths and consciences?

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Yep. The man on man monogamy will be stifled.

  • Sigivald||

    instructs supervisors of city government departments to remind their workers that they are entitled to take two days of unpaid leave for "days of faith and conscience," and that attending Monday's protests is a legitimate use of this leave.

    "Gives workers time off" and "Reminds them they can use flex unpaid days for this" are ... not quite the same?

    As much as I think it's stupid and laughable and that Commies are tools, it doesn't seem like the city "gave" them anything they didn't already have.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Yeah, I'm with you on this.

  • ||

    Reading? Nerds!

  • BearOdinson||

    What if all the city workers went on strike......

    and no one noticed?

  • Brandybuck||

    If not for Reason none of us would have noticed.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its for May Day, the Communist takeover of Spring festivals.

    Only lefties will notice.

  • Juice||

    unpaid days off

    Unpaid? Oh.

    I've got no problem with it.

  • ||

    I'm half with you. Except Kim Davis didn't even (voluntarily) take a day off for her faith and conscience and was still lambasted as a stupid hick deserving of being imprisoned on these very forums despite (arguably) being appointed to do precisely what she was doing. Notions like 'Getting paid to do a job, if you don't like it then quit.' and 'Suck it up and do the job you are paid to do.' spring to mind. Especially for employees who were merely selected for positions.

    There are plenty of places where using unpaid days off to protest the CEO would get you rightfully and legally canned.

  • ||

    If Kim Davis was selected for that position she should request to be reassigned, rather than take it upon herself to decide that some citizens are unworthy of equal treatment under the law, of which she is the enforcer.

  • ||

    If Kim Davis was selected for that position she should request to be reassigned,

    She volunteered and was elected. Meaning people chose that the position should exist and that she was the one to do it and that she should do it with whatever funds or powers allotted to her. I have trouble interpreting your statement in a manner that doesn't imply (e.g.) Rand Paul should give up his position because he doesn't agree with some of the precepts set forth for doing the job.

    Unlike many of the City employees who are collecting a paycheck whether they're capable of doing the job or anybody wanted them to or not.

  • Calidissident||

    I don't really get the comparison here. No one is saying Kim Davis should have been fired for taking a day off work, as allowed by the terms of her employment, to protest gay marriage. People said she deserved to get fired for refusing to do her job at all. I don't think anyone here thought it was appropriate to put her in jail for it.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Kim Davis was right. A court decision doesn't rewrite any fucking laws. Her state legislature needed to do that first.

  • jmomls||

    *"If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class," *

    If these idiots want to disrupt some billionaires, why don't they just march across the floating bridges and burn down Medina? Is it because Bill Gates' security will shoot them down like dogs?

  • creech||

    Someone said to me last week that "the North Koreans are developing an ICBM that could take out Seattle."
    So?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Well they are, in the same sense that an angry three-year-old is developing a foolproof plan to run away and join the circus.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Sadly, they won't reach Seattle. Their range is too short.

  • Rebel Scum||

    "If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class," Sawant said in a Tuesday interview on King5, an NBC affiliate, "then we will need disruptive action like shutting down airports, and shutting down highways."

    So you intend to hurt the people you claim to want to help? I'm sure you'll garner their support...

  • Citizen X - #6||

    We must all make sacrifices in the struggle to bring about the dictatorship of the proletariat, comrade.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    They will fuck over the common people, while the 'billionaire class' will just use their helicopters. Stupid commie bitchcunt.

  • Zeb||

    How did the commies get May Day anyway? May Day is for wrapping ribbons around poles and leaving baskets of flowers on people's doorsteps and running away.

  • Zeb||

    And Morris dancing. Can't forget the Morris dancing.

  • ||

    It was a peasant festival and the Soviets were eager to enlist the support of the Russian peasant class so they converted it into a national holiday of the proletariat celebrating communism.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    You know who else is eager to enlist the support of the peasant class?

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    Actually, the communist version of May Day was (sort of) created by the AFL (although it wasn't called that at the time) in 1886. The chose May 1 of that year for a bunch of strikes and protests around the US (maybe Canada, too-- I'm not sure). In some places the rallies and protests continued, such as Chicago, where McCormick workers (who'd already been on strike well before May Day) decided to hold a huge rally in Haymarket square on the 4th.

    This rally led to a big altercation with the police, somebody threw a homemade bomb, and police ended up shooting all over the place. Seven cops and four workers were killed, and lots and lots of people were wounded.

    Even though the violence all happened on the 4th, May Day became an annual thing for labour activists, and was later declared a regular holiday by the Second International.

    It all predated the Soviets.

    The actual date of the Haymarket massacre eventually became a major holiday to celebrate Star Wars, which we can all agree is a much better cause than Socialism.

    In Hawai'i, May Day is Lei Day, so we should all celebrate by having a lay. (Oops. Sorry for the typo.)

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution

    It's not necessary to say 'unanimous'. Everything that fucking hive of corruption passes is always "unanimous".

    Top two primary, at-large elections, union backed. We're done here.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    only 8 percent of Seattleites cast a ballot for Donald Trump, who won a total of zero precincts in the city. Only Washington, D.C., and Detroit were harsher to the current president.

    Fun fact, I know where that 8% came from, and it weren't a rich white neighborhood!

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