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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.

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New labor movement, our local tax cheats, Veronica…


Thursday, August 28, 2014   UPDATES   Informational picketing at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane was a huge success on Monday (see more photos here). The Washington State Nurses Association posted this news coverage and sent the following message to The Stand: The Washington State Nurses Association and Registered Nurses at Providence Holy Family […]

Volunteer for Labor’s Voice activities this fall


(Aug. 28, 2014) — Labor’s Voice, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots political action program, is continuing to reach out to voters across the state and explain which candidates have earned working families support, and why. And NOW is the time to get our your calendars and make plans to volunteer for phone banks and […]

Bring the family! Labor Day events across state on Monday


Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this country and make it run every day. Several of the regional AFL-CIO central labor councils across Washington state are planning Labor Day picnics and events on Monday, Sept. 1 to celebrate and honor the […]

Alaska flight attendants rally TODAY… (and light posting)

SEATAC (Aug. 27, 2014) — Alaska Airlines flight attendants represented by AFA-CWA Council 19 in Seattle will rally TODAY from 4 to 6 p.m. at Alaska Air’s corporate HQ, 19300 International Blvd. in SeaTac, and at Sea-Tac International Airport, 17801 International Blvd. The flight attendants’ contract negotiations began more than two years ago. In February, […]

WSLC’s Seattle office moving across town


SEATTLE (Aug. 27, 2014) — The Seattle office of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is moving from its lower Queen Anne location — where the state’s largest labor organization has been headquartered since 1992 — to the former IBEW building in the city’s International District. That move is taking place starting today through the […]

Grain dispute ends, Amgen teaches, royal deserts…


Tuesday, August 26, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators — Longshore workers who work at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, ending two years of negotiations and […]

Washington’s health exchange offers special enrollment period


The following is from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner: OLYMPIA (Aug. 26, 2014) — Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited special enrollment period — effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, or who have had billing or payment issues. The special […]

Teamsters at Fred Meyer warehouse vote to OK strike


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Aug. 26, 2014) – Teamster warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer grocery distribution center in Puyallup voted overwhelmingly over the weekend to authorize a strike. The final vote was 241-2. Voting took place at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila. Fred Meyer’s insistence on subcontracting language […]

ILWU OKs grain deal; lockout ends Wednesday


The following is from ILWU: SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 26, 2014) — Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 […]


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