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posted Friday, March 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 11
Labor leader in the race for 43rd District rep

Marcus Courtney led fight to unionize Microsoft
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Labor leader in the race for 43rd District rep

Marcus Courtney led fight to unionize Microsoft

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Labor leader Marcus Courtney announced on March 7 that he is running for the 43rd Legislative District House seat being vacated by Brady Walkinshaw.

The 43rd District takes in Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Wallingford, and part of the University District. Walkinshaw is giving up his state legislative seat to run for Congress.

Saying he feels 'honored' to be running in a district with a 'tradition of strong progressive values, a district that leads the country on LGBT issues,' Courtney told SGN that his experience as a labor organizer helped him understand the needs of the LGBT community.

'We need policies to raise the income of working people,' Courtney said. 'Many LGBT people work in the service sector, for low wages and no benefits. Too many get left behind. Paychecks are not growing.

'The district needs a legislator who is a bold progressive with leadership experience. I've challenged companies, I've challenged multinationals.'

Courtney is currently Northwest regional field coordinator for the AFL-CIO, the country's largest union group. But at the beginning of his working career, he was a Microsoft contract worker, fighting job insecurity, short hours, and a lack of benefits.

Courtney and his fellow Microsoft contract workers formed WashTech, which he says was 'the first union to organize tech workers in the U.S.' Courtney eventually became president of the union.

In spite of their efforts, WashTech was never able to win a union contract at Microsoft or at Amazon, where the union tried to organize customer service workers in 2000. Courtney went on to work for international unions in Switzerland.

He returned to Seattle two years ago to represent the AFL-CIO in the Northwest.

'I have 18 years experience championing the causes of working people,' he told SGN. 'I have a passion for human rights. I have challenged and advocated against some of most powerful companies in state of Washington on behalf of workers. I think that's a strength I bring to the campaign that differentiates me from some of the other candidates.'

Courtney says housing affordability is one of the key issues he wants to address in Olympia.

'My priority is to end state control of the rental market,' allowing municipalities to control rents, he said. 'That would allow for greater diversity in our neighborhoods and allow people to remain in their homes.'

Courtney also criticized the 'lack of diversity on corporate boards - women, people of color, LGBT. That's something that's also holding back the economy.'

To help combat climate change, Courtney plans to propose legislation requiring all new construction in Washington to be outfitted for electric vehicles.

Courtney's rivals in the crowded field include Transgender activist Danni Askini, Gay attorney Daniel Shih, Gay consultant and fundraiser Thomas Pitchford, affordable housing advocate Nicole Macri, and environmentalist Sameer Ranade.

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