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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.

Larsen ♥’s Fast Track, United Weed Stand, your Saturday in the Park…

Friday, April 17, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From AFL-CIO Now — Fast Track bill introduced; join the drive to stop it! — Legislation granting Fast Track trade authority to President Barack Obama was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Call your senators — 855-790-8815 — and tell them to say no to Fast […]

Help deliver message Saturday that ‘Public Service Matters’


Our friends, neighbors, family members — and customers — who work for the largest employer in the state haven’t had a general wage increase in seven years. That’s bad for their families and bad for the economy. They are the people who work for the State of Washington, proudly providing the quality public services that […]

Rally Saturday against Fast Track in Ferndale


As Congress considers Trade Promotion Authority — also known as “Fast Track” — union members, environmentalists, small business owners, progressives and community allies across the state are participating in a Global Day of Action on Trade this Saturday, April 18. Working families will rally and go door-to-door in their neighborhoods to pressure Washington’s congressional delegation […]

Fight for $15, Dems weigh Fast Track, GOP walks…


Thursday, April 16, 2015   FIGHTING POVERTY WAGES   ► In today’s Seattle Times — 21 arrested in wage protest; ‘we’ll be back,’ activists vow — Hundreds of workers and supporters pushing for a $15 minimum wage and better working conditions took part in demonstrations across Washington state that, in Seattle, ended with the arrests […]

Thousands rally across state calling to end poverty wages


21 arrested in Seattle for civil disobedience, including WSLC’s Jeff Johnson   SEATTLE (April 16, 2015) — United under the call, “$15 is just the beginning — Inequality ends with us,” thousands of fast food workers, homecare workers, retail workers, immigrant workers, drivers, adjunct professors, students, union members and community supporters across Washington state marched […]

UW student employees will protest Friday amid strike vote


SEATTLE (April 16, 2015) — More than 4,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) at the University of Washington started voting Monday on whether to authorize their union bargaining committee to call a strike if circumstances warrant. On Friday, April 17, the day fees and tuition are due, union members will stage a protest at Schmitz Hall on […]

WSLC: Stop the Fast Track to lower wages


(April 16, 2015) — In response to introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation — also known as “Fast Track” — in the U.S. Senate today, Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson issued the following statement: “Workers across Washington are standing up for higher wages, but Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven […]

Only just begun, Providence deal, tearing the Dems apart…


Wednesday, April 15, 2015   WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN   REMINDER – TODAY in SeaTac, Yakima, Pasco, Olympia and Seattle, working people are rising up and taking on giant corporations like McDonald’s, Walmart, and Alaska Airlines. With additional actions planned in Tacoma, Vancoouver, Bellingham, Aberden, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Shelton and Everett, Wednesday, April 15 promises […]

Why subsidize low-wage aerospace jobs in Washington?


By JON HOLDEN (April 15, 2015) — Today, low-wage workers across America are taking action to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form unions to negotiate with their employers. Here at Machinists Union District Lodge 751, we salute those hard-working people — fast food and home care workers, and even […]

Health dangers of pesticide drift warrants action, experts say


By ELISSA GOSS Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (April 15, 2015) — “A full year later, I still suffer from the symptoms such as nausea and headaches,” said Viviana Silva Guerrero, a farm worker who was exposed to pesticide drift in Eastern Washington. “If we had some form of notification, it would have helped. The […]


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