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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.

Gap in port talks, Vermont gives up, Warren is wary…


Thursday, December 18, 2014   PORT CONTRACT TALKS   ► At Longshore & Shipping News — ILWU recesses caucus, awaits PMA response to contract proposal — Last Thursday, the PMA presented a new contract offer to the ILWU. Union negotiators reviewed the proposal over the weekend, and on Monday returned it to the PMA with […]

Inslee’s bold plan addresses ‘common good’


SEATTLE (Dec. 18, 2014) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, introduced Gov. Jay Inslee at Wednesday’s press event unveiling the governor’s set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and meet carbon pollution limits adopted by the State Legislature in 2008. Here are Johnson’s remarks from that […]

I-1351 is the law: Legislators can, must fund smaller class sizes


By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 18, 2014) — When is a law not a law? That seems to be the question taken up by The (Everett) Herald’s editorial board, education “reform” groups like Stand for Children, The Seattle Times, state legislators and now the governor. It is an odd question to ask, as it is directed […]

Cash for carbon, city councils act, Wall Street’s black hole…


Wednesday, December 17, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Inslee proposes carbon tax to fund transportation — After two years of watching gas-tax increases tank in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed Tuesday to take a new approach: Charge major polluters for the right to emit carbon. Inslee’s plan, featuring […]

Spokane council OKs Quality Jobs standards


SPOKANE (Dec. 17, 2014) — The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to approve ordinances designed to create local jobs and more apprenticeship opportunities for family-wage careers. The Spokane Alliance of area labor unions and community supporters packed the council chambers — in what Councilmember Jon Snyder called the biggest turnout of the year — […]

Port progress, neutral Catholics, crocodile tears…


Tuesday, December 16, 2014   PORT CONTRACT TALKS   ► From Reuters — Longshore union, shippers see slow progress in U.S. West Coast port talks — The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks […]

We must end bad trade to revive the American dream


By LEO W. GERARD (Dec. 16, 2014) — Under billions of tons of imports, the American dream is suffocating. The American people have lost faith. They know that bad trade has bled factories, middle-class jobs and wage increases from the country. A report issued last week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how bad […]

Gov. Inslee wary of expanding investor rights in trade deals


OLYMPIA (Dec. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter last week to U.S. trade negotiators expressing concerns about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), a controversial provision in three major pending trade agreements. ISDS is a legal provision that has been quietly included in trade agreements over the last few decades that significantly expands the […]

New rule to reduce delays to union elections


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take […]

Prison labor, Boeing breaks, pension cuts…


Monday, December 15, 2014   PRISON LABOR   ► “Sell block: The empty promises of prison labor,” a special report in The Seattle Times: Part 1: Broken prison labor system fails to keep promises, costs millions — Today, some 1,600 incarcerated men and women in prison factories produce everything from dorm furniture to school lunches. […]


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