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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.

Pay teachers! ● Republicans and Russia ● A Space Force question

Monday, August 13, 2018   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Tri-Cities teacher raises are still up in the air. Will they reach deals in time? — Richland teachers plan to rally Monday as contract negotiations with the school district over raises stretch toward the start of the school year. Meanwhile, Pasco and Kennewick […]

Oppose anti-union rule for home health care

The deadline is today to submit comments opposing CMS rule change    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 13, 2018) — The Trump administration has proposed changing federal rules at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to prohibit payroll deduction for union dues for individual providers of home health care. Over the last 15 years, home […]

Smith vs. Smith ● Trump’s grift and graft ● A helium-huffing Wonder?

Thursday, August 10, 2018   ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Rep. Adam Smith may face Democratic challenger Sarah Smith this fall — Rep. Adam Smith (D-Bellevue) might face a challenge from the left this fall, as Democratic candidate Sarah Smith pushed into second place in the primary as new votes were counted Thursday. The […]

Across America, workers are demanding more than crumbs

Missouri’s rejection of ‘right-to-work’ is just the latest sign that, despite the right’s best efforts to divide-and-conquer working people, unions are on the rise.   By RICHARD TRUMKA (Aug. 10, 2018) — Something is happening in America. Missouri, riding a nationwide wave of victories for working people, on Tuesday became the first state in history to […]

A primary thrashing ● Teacher pay ● Caring about unions

Thursday, August 9, 2018   ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Washington’s primary-election vote puts Republicans on the spot in three U.S. House races — National political analysts downgraded Republican odds in some state congressional races, while leaders of both parties predicted increased attention to the state in the fight for control of the U.S. […]

Tell Inslee: Fair pay, affordable health care for state employees

(Aug. 9, 2018) — Today, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 are having a Fair Pay and Real Opportunity Day of Action with WFSE bargaining teams that are currently negotiating wages, rights and working conditions holding Unity Breaks across the state. TAKE A STAND — All union members and community […]

When back-to-school shopping, make sure you buy union!

(Aug. 9, 2018) — Stores are setting up their back-to-school sales for parents to purchase supplies that their students need for the academic year that begins in the coming weeks. When you do your shopping, make sure you buy school supplies that support good jobs because they are union-made in America! Here is a list, […]

Blue wave arrives ● Kava… naw ● The attack on Evergreen

Wednesday, August 8, 2018   ELECTION   See The Stand’s roundup of Tuesday’s election results here. ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary — Out of more than 120,000 votes counted, Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a lead of a little more than […]

Missouri voters’ RTW rejection offers inspiration, hope for all

By ERIC GONZÁLEZ ST. LOUIS (Aug. 8, 2018) — Proposition A was a result of a petition process that aimed to repeal the “right to work (for less)” law, Senate Bill 19, passed by the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature in 2017. A “no” vote on Proposition A would stop the RTW law from taking effect. And by […]

A fantastic day for labor candidates, causes

A big win in Missouri, plus a strong showing in Washington’s primary   (Aug. 8, 2017) — Tuesday’s election results offered great news for working people. In Missouri, voters resoundingly rejected Proposition A, their Republican legislature’s effort to create so-called “right to work (for less)” restrictions on their state. It was a rare opportunity for […]


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