The Coalition

The Seattle-based Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) has been working for years on strategies to reform our state's inequitable tax system, which has not been updated since the 1930s. The first major push was in 2010 with Initiative 1098, for a statewide tax on income in excess of $200,000 per year to fund healthcare and education. This failed at the ballot statewide but passed strongly in progressive cities like Seattle. Since then EOI has been pursuing a city-to-state strategy, focusing on passing a tax based on income in a city like Seattle, to forge a path to a new statewide effort.

At the beginning of this year the Transit Riders Union (TRU) teamed up with EOI to build a coalition of community, labor, environmental, and social justice organizations to pioneer a local tax based on income in the City of Seattle. The following organizations have signed on to the letter below, which was presented to Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council on March 1st.

Please note that this website was created by TRU and its contents have not been reviewed or endorsed by the coalition as a whole.

  • 350 Seattle
  • 36th District Democrats
  • 43rd District Democrats
  • AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE)
  • AFT 6550
  • AFT Seattle
  • Casa Latina
  • D1 Neighborhood Action Council
  • D3 Capitol Hill Neighborhood Action Council
  • D3 Central District Neighborhood Action Council
  • D3 Periphery Neighborhood Action Council
  • D4 Neighborhood Action Council
  • D5 Neighborhood Action Council
  • D6 Neighborhood Action Council
  • D7 Neighborhood Action Council
  • Democratic Socialists of America - Seattle
  • Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Green Party of Washington State
  • Housing Now Seattle
  • IAM 751
  • King County Labor Council

  • Nickelsville
  • Office of Councilmember Kshama Sawant
  • Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
  • PTE Local 17
  • Real Change
  • Seattle Education Association (SEA)
  • Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE)
  • Seattle Human Services Coalition
  • SEIU 775
  • Socialist Alternative
  • Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction (SAFE)
  • Tenants Union of Washington State
  • The Urbanist
  • Transit Riders Union
  • UAW Local 4121
  • United for Single Payer
  • Upgrade Seattle
  • The Washington Bus
  • Washington Community Action Network
  • WFSE Local 304
  • Women's Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL)