Shame on Amazon and Jeff Bezos for trying to bully the city into dropping a modest tax on the most wealthy in order to fund survival needs of the poorest [“Amazon issues a threat over Seattle’s head-tax plan,” Page One, May 3].
And shame on the Ironworkers Union leadership for siding with the employer who locked out their membership. Where’s the solidarity with their hard-up sister and brother workers?
The “head tax” measure is only a small correction to this state’s and city’s incredibly regressive tax structure. To really solve homelessness, the city needs stringent rent control, lots more public housing, and a sharply graduated income tax on wealth.
We should be mobilizing labor and the community for these issues, not falling for the old divide and conquer.
Helen Gilbert, Seattle