Unions fight privatization of liquor sales

December 8, 2011 (Seattle, WA) — Fighting to save almost 1,000 union jobs, the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers sued Washington state, challenging enforcement of an initiative that will privatize liquor sales and close state-run liquor stores.

The unions say the measure is unconstitutional because it violates the “single subject” rule.¬†Initiative 1183 was approved in November by 59 percent of voters.

Costco, hoping to get a piece of the lucrative liquor business, contributed $22 million to the cause, setting a state record for spending on an initiative. Read more here.

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