International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 has requested Washington’s King County Superior Court to accelerate its appeal of the ruling that Seattle and King County did not violate the State Environmental Policy Act by entering in a memorandum of understanding for the proposed construction of a sports arena in Seattle’s South of Downtown port and industrial district.
The ILWU maintains the stadium will cause traffic congestion and real estate gentrification, injuring the environmental quality of the places where the unionized longshore workers live and work, as well as the economic viability of the port.
The ILWU has requested the accelerated review of its appeal in order to stall continued public investment in the arena, which may create additional momentum in favor of it, and to prevent the appeal from becoming moot, which may occur if an environmental impact statement is finalized and approved before the appeal is even heard.
The ILWU has proposed that the court request an opening brief from the ILWU by April 18, 2013, for respondents to file their subsequent response briefs by May 17, 2013, and for the ILWU to file its final reply brief by May 31, 2013. The ILWU has also asked the court to assign the case to the next available panel of judges.