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David is Editor of The Stand, and Publications Director for the Washington State Labor Council. He joined the council in 1992 after working as a newspaper copy/layout editor at the Carroll County (Md.) Times and the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot. He earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

Next update: Wednesday, May 4

The Entire Staff of The Stand is in Charm City. We’ll be back Wednesday. Let us know if anything happens while we’re gone.

Puget Sound-area grocery workers ratify new contract


The following joint news release is from United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 21 and 367, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 38 regarding a contract covering about 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. (April 29, 2016) — For the first time in 15 years, grocery store workers […]

Grocery contract vote, GOP vs. retirees, Tao of Willie…


Friday, April 29, 2016   GROCERY CONTRACT   ► From KPLU — Contracts covering 30,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound area are up for a vote — Grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region came very close to going on strike in late 2013, but recent contract negotiations have gone more smoothly and […]

WSLC’s Johnson on Worker Memorial Day: Never forget the fallen


OLYMPIA (April 29, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson delivered the following remarks at the annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony conducted at the headquarters of the state Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater: On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and our 450,000 union members I want to thank […]

MayWorks 2016 celebrates ‘Hold the Fort!’


From striking tobacco workers singing “We Shall Overcome,” to the IWW organizing through song over the Salvation Army’s attempts to silence them (“You’ll have pie in the sky when you die!”), to the East and West Coast hip-hop artists, to the soundtrack of the Black Lives Matter movement. From the New Deal public works art, […]

Sen. Murray helps secure grants to assist state’s unemployed


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies — including about $9.2 million in Washington state — to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) programs for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Estimates based on the budgets in the past […]

WSLC seeks Accounting Manager in Seattle starting in mid-June


(April 29, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is looking for a full-time Accounting Manager — starting in mid-June — to do full charge bookkeeping and account management for the organization. The Accounting Manager reports directly to the Secretary Treasurer and the President. He or she will work directly with Accounts Payable support […]

Worker Memorial Day, more Boeing cuts, May Day…


Thursday, April 28, 2016   WORKER MEMORIAL DAY   ► From KUOW — Half the workers killed in Washington are over 50 — Worker Memorial Day, the day Washington state honors people who lost their lives on the job, is today. Half of the workplace deaths involved people over the age of 50. That number has been […]

WSLC asks Inslee to intervene at Green River College


Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, speaks at Friday’s protest of students, faculty and community leaders at Green River College calling for the firing of college President Eileen Ely. See more photos, see AFT Washington’s website. (April 28, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson has asked Gov. Jay […]

Boeing profits off, Green River protest redux, majorities don’t rule…


Wednesday, April 27, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing misses profit target as charge for tanker crimps earnings — Boeing’s profit fell short of analyst estimates for the first time in five years, after an accounting loss from the first refueling tankers built under a U.S. Air Force contract. Investors […]



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