Michael Pellegrini was born and raised in Tacoma,
In the mid-sixties, believing that the world might soon be
reduced to radioactive cinders, his parents moved the family to New Zealand
where they lived for two years. In late 1968, the family moved back to the
Finished with highschool in 1970, Pellegrini played bass
guitar in several rock bands, all while attending college mainly to secure a
During this period, he attended and worked at several rock
festivals, including Sky River III. He also worked security at a number of rock
concerts, and has the distinguishment of having mistakenly thrown the rock group
Quicksilver out of their own concert in 1971.
As with all good things, the college deferment eventually
ended and Pellegrini joined the National Guard to escape being drafted and sent
to Viet Nam. After the end of active duty in early 1974, he moved to Monterey,
Living in the Monterey Bay area for the next eight years,
Pellegrini managed and promoted the country-rock bands Stir Crazy and
Kid Rodeo, and also worked for a recording studio in Santa
Eventually becoming disgusted with music and musicians, he
left the business in the late seventies, and after another short stint in
college, ended up working as a union organizer in the San Francisco Bay
In 1984, Pellegrini moved back to Washington state for a
new position with a union that represented state employees.
Five years later, he promoted into a job with the
Washington state Department of Labor and Industries where he ran the employment
standards program. As the Employment Standards Program Manager, he directed the
enforcement of the state minimum wage and overtime laws, the child labor laws
and other similar statutes.
During his tenure at L&I, he conceived and directed
the investigation of allegations that employees of Nordstrom Inc., were forced
to work “off the clock,” without pay. Following the investigation, Pellegrini
authored the department’s order requiring Nordstrom to pay back-wages. After
several years of litigation, this case was eventually settled with a
multi-million dollar back-pay award.
Late in 1991, he left his state job to write novel-length
fiction. To support this habit, he works as a registered longshoreman.
One of the most asinine initiatives in Washington state this election has got to be 1082 – the initiative to privatize the state worker’s compensation system. The primary sponsor is the Building Industry Association of Washington – Dino Rossi’s erstwhile masters – and the large insurance companies. (Rossi is pictured at the right, with his head up his ass, as usual).
So far, the BIAW has spent a reported $500, 000 on its Yes-1082 campaign – a staggering sum of money. But it’s nothing compared to what they potentially can make if 1082 passes. Here’s a detailed look.
It’s all about offering better “case management” than Labor and Industries. Which translated, means screwing legitimate claimants – denying or delaying valid claims – just to save the insurance companies a buck.
But wait, there’s more: one of the main insurance companies that would take care of Worker’s Comp in Washington state if this passes is AIG.
That’s right, AIG – the company whose top notch management is so great that the US taxpayers had to come up with $85 billion to bail them out rather than have the company go bankrupt. The same AIG that, right after receiving the $85 billion bailout, sent their executives on a week-long retreat at the St Regis Resort in Monarch Beach California at the cost of $433,000 – of taxpayer money.
So let me get this straight – the BIAW wants to privatize the state Worker’s Comp system – to save us all money – and to carry out this task, they’re going to use AIG, the company that managed itself into bankruptcy, and sends its executives to $433,000 retreats at public expense?
Sure that sounds reasonable.
Spokane, WA (AP) – Perennial candidate for big business, Dino Rossi (R – Spokane), seen at right with his head up his ass, as usual, is off and running again, this time for the US Senate.
Foiled in his two recent attempts to claim the governorship of Washington state, Rossi decided to attempt to capture Patty Murray’s (D – Seattle) Senate seat this time.
“That bitch is going down!” Rossi was heard to have said last week, following a press conference. “All those homo liberals in Seattle are gonna eat their words. They stole the last governor’s election, now we’re gonna make ’em pay!”
Always popular with big business and conservative republicans, Rossi was the number one homeboy for the Building Industry Association of Washington in the last governor’s election. This time for his Senate campaign, he’s branched out and broadened his support to include right-wing religious nuts, greedy millionaires and other fringe lunatics.
Asked what his platform was going to be, if elected, Rossi said, “We’re gonna take the country back for the real Americans – the rich, white, Christian people like me. All those liberal homo assholes are gonna have to move back to California, or something. Yee-ha!”