A newly elected Socialist Party politician in Seattle, Washington has a radical idea for workers in the event aircraft manufacturer Boeing moves jobs out of the Evergreen State.
Kshama Sawant – elected last week to Seattle’s city council – believes such a decision by Boeing would entitle machinists to seize the company’s Everett, Washington facility on the principle of “democratic ownership.”
And no … we’re not joking.
“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant said at a recent organized labor rally, according to KIRO TV 7 (CBS – Seattle).
Her remarks were, according to the station, received by a “cheering crowd.”
Last week, Boeing’s unionized employees emphatically rejected a new labor deal that would have guaranteed placement of the company’s new 777X project in Washington State. As a result Boeing is exploring other locations for this project – including a facility in North Charleston, S.C.
Sawant – who ran on anti-capitalism, workers’ rights, and a $15 per-hour minimum wage – said that “workers have to realize, they have more power than they think.”
Wait … where have we heard that one before?
Oh … right.
“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives,” she said. “The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do.”
Sawant wasn’t done.
She said the new “democratically owned” Boeing facility would cease production of “war machines” in favor of “mass transit like buses.”
This website is obviously no friend to Boeing. We believe this crony capitalist company represents everything that’s wrong with our nation’s increasingly command-and-control approach to “economic development.” Accordingly we have little sympathy for its plight – and believe it should be forced to sink or swim on its own merit (without the aid of tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies).
Having said that, what Sawant is proposing is pure Marxist theft … something that cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.