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Union Workers Jeer Sinegal at DNC

About a dozen conventiongoers held up union signs when the Costco CEO spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte, NC -- When former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal addressed the Democratic Nation Convention on Wednesday night, about a dozen conventiongoers held up union signs and jeered him.* Patch caught up with one of them, Karl de Jong, who said he wants to take money out of politics:

What line of work are you in?

I am a union stage hand. The people who install the lighting and the video and the sound here.

Are you in Seattle?

I am in Seattle.

It sounds like you’re not too happy with Mr. Sinegal.

Mr. Sinegal and his corporate folks wanted to lock up the liquor industry that was established as a state industry in Washington, and thus have displaced public workers.

Union workers?

Yes that’s correct. And after an initiative which they spent millions of dollars on, the price has gone up.  It’s a bit of a bait and switch for the citizens of Washington. And with their return on investment, I cannot believe that their shareholders decided to spend so much money to chisel away the state liquor business.

Do you feel like he’s being dishonest?

I’m not gonna call the man a liar.

In previous generations, people who disagreed with the party might have been a bit louder.

(laughing) I don’t think I’m sitting here quietly.  I’m talking to you. I am holding a union sign that says “Good Jobs Now.”

I guess what I’m trying to say is you’re not out rioting in the street.

I work within the system.

* - CORRECTION - Sinegal was originally identified as the CEO. He formerly held that position, but still retains a seat on the Board of Directors.

Tony Dondero September 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Another side-effect of the liquor law is the shoplifting of liquor at grocery and big box stores, which is keeping police and asset protection teams busy. The police blotters the last few months have had at four or five incidents a week it seems.
Kendall Watson September 12, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Yes, this has happened on Mercer Island too! I've had several blotter entries with subheds like this "Liquor Thieves Strike Albertons Again" and "Champagne Shoplifters Take Another Case From QFC". More than a dozen of these over the summer in the MIPD blotter.
Kirkland Tony September 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The northwest is bizarrely soft on criminals and hard on businesses, in my opinion.
Kendall Watson September 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The Northwest is "soft on crime"? What about the Three Strikes Law? Washington State voters passed it in 1993 — the first in the nation.
Kirkland Tony September 13, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Kendall, three strikes doesn't matter if you aren't arresting and imprisoning them in the first place. In 2010, Seattle was 13th in the nation for car theft, for example. Even the SPD's own quarterly report shows that Seattle is something like 10% higher in property crimes than "comparable size" cities. Bellevue and Kirkland are much safer. Tacoma is much more dangerous. Exactly what you probably expect. There are some great websites for crime stats by city and even neighborhood. The Seattle area used to be pretty low for violent crime, but 2012 started with a lot of shootings that may skew that.

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