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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.

Don’t buy the Social Security fear-mongering

Congress should expand earned benefits by having wealthy pay their fair share   The following is from Social Security Works: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2019) — The New York Times recently ran a headline sure to scare seniors: Unfortunately, the author spoke mainly to sources who buy into a false right-wing narrative that benefit cuts are […]

Join #EverybodyOrganize training this Saturday in Tacoma

TACOMA — Tacoma DSA and the Pierce County Central Labor Council are back with another workshop in their #EverybodyOrganize series. This training, a continuation of the “Organizing Under Janus” series that began last year, will be Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tacoma Education Association Conference Room, 3049 S. 36th St., […]

More Boeing turbulence ● A NAFTA that works ● Don’t say ‘living wage’

Monday, June 17, 2019   LOCAL   ► From Crosscut — While airlines rake it in, catering staff at Sea-Tac airport threaten to strike — Other workers at Sea-Tac Airport saw their pay go up when the City of SeaTac upped its minimum wage. The people who make food for the flights did not… Last […]

Pramila’s #M4A ● Curing patients not ‘sustainable’ ● Anger can be power

Thursday, June 13, 2019   HEALTH CARE   ► From The Hill — First major ‘Medicare for All’ hearing sharpens attacks on both sides — Supporters of “Medicare for All” notched a victory Wednesday when one of Congress’s most powerful committees debated the progressive proposal, but the venue also gave Republicans an opportunity to paint […]

Airline food workers vote by 99.7% to strike

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATAC (June 13, 2019) — Airline food workers who prepare, pack, and deliver food and beverages served onboard Alaska, American, United, and other airlines on flights departing from Sea-Tac International Airport voted by a 99.7 percent majority on Wednesday to strike when released by the National Mediation […]

H-2A farmworkers at King Fuji strike over abusive conditions

MATTAWA, Wash. (June 13, 2019) — Farmworkers here on the H-2A-visa agricultural guestworker program went on strike Wednesday and the walkout continues today due to abusive conditions and retaliation from their employer, King Fuji Farms, according to Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. […]

UW Postdocs ratify ● Stand by Boeing ● Jon lets ’em have it ● Nick was wrong

Wednesday, June 12, 2019   LOCAL   ► Via Twitter… ALSO at The Stand — UW Postdocs reach tentative deal on historic first contract (May 31) ► From KUOW — Two Puget Sound Energy coal plants in Montana closing earlier than expected — Two Puget Sound Energy coal plants will close in December because of […]

Sea-Tac airline food workers take strike vote

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATAC (June 12, 2019) — Airline food workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 8 at Sea-Tac International Airport who prepare and load the food served on flights departing from the airport will be taking a strike vote throughout the day today. A group of these workers and […]

Laborers at wind farm hearing: Green jobs must be good jobs

The following is from the Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers: CHEHALIS, Wash. (June 12, 2019) — More than 70 members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) attended the Shoreline permit hearing held Tuesday for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas Inc.’s bid on the Skookumchuck wind farm project. With up […]

McKinley deal ● More UNITE HERE ● World’s best not getting paid

Tuesday, June 11, 2019   LOCAL   ► In today’s Peninsula Daily News — An accord is reached: McKinley Paper Co., local union agree to labor contract — McKinley Paper Co. has reached agreement with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 155 on a new labor deal that will be in effect […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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