BIPOC Union Members Petition to Remove Seattle Police Officers Guild from MLK Labor Council
We, the undersigned Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) union members demand that the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) be removed from the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council. We are asking the council to follow in the footsteps of UAW Local 2865 who became the first local to call for the expulsion of a police union from the AFL-CIO.
Police unions like SPOG obstruct accountability and justice by demanding protections from disciplinary procedures, which is an abuse of the right to collectively bargain. Unions are meant to protect workers and their labor. By including SPOG as a member, the labor council is legitimizing the idea that police officers' labor is justifiable at the cost of the lives of Black and Brown people. No contract should protect a union if their work is detrimental to other workers and their families.
The labor council must represent the interests of the police union and is unable to speak out against their actions as long as SPOG is part of the labor council. That SPOG is still part of the labor council actively undermines the working class unity it tries to facilitate by sacrificing BIPOC workers.
The labor council must stand in solidarity with workers, particularly those who have been historically sacrificed by the labor movement—namely, Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
It is us or them. We cannot and will not be part of an organization that includes our killers.
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