Approved liquor privatization measure faces lawsuit in state of Washington
OLYMPIA, Washington: Two labor unions, the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Teamsters, are challenging Washington's recently passed liquor privatization initiative (I-1183) in King County Superior Court.
Beside privatizing liquor sales, the unions note that the measure also changes regulations on wine distribution, liquor franchises, and alcohol advertising. This, they argue, violates the state's single-subject rule.
They also argue that these changes were designed to benefit the chief backer of the measure, Costco. Costco contributed an estimated $21 million to the effort in support of Initiative 1183.
The two unions represent about 1,000 union workers that are expected to lose their current jobs under the plan.
- The press release for the lawsuit can be found here.
- Washington 2011 ballot measures
- 2011 ballot measures
- Washington Liquor State Licensing, Initiative 1183 (2011)