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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.

Contempt in Olympia, zombies in Spokane, Monkees in Clarksville…


Friday, September 12, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Legislature in contempt, gets reprieve to try again on school aid — For the first time in history, the Washington Supreme Court has held the Legislature in contempt for failing to obey a court order. The action comes as the court […]

Julian’s Dinosaur Guild fundraiser Sept. 20 in Renton


RENTON, Wash. (Sept. 12, 2014) — In November 2010, three-year-old Julian Blackwell was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a rare life-threatening disease in which bone marrow does not make enough blood cells for the body. Julian, the son of M.L. King County Labor Council secretary and OPEIU Local 8 executive board member Valancy Blackwell, didn’t […]

Grain deal redux, that 787 show, California leads…


Thursday, September 11, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Possible Teamster strike could hit Fred Meyer — The Fred Meyer grocery chain in the Puget Sound area could be hit by a strike by Teamsters. According to the union, contract talks between its 400 warehouse workers and Fred Meyer broke […]

More free lunches for Ericksen, now from his campaign donors


The following is from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 11, 2014) — State Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) has once again been eating free meals. This time he has been billing these expenses to his campaign account, a fund predominantly supported by corporate donors.  Between February and July, Ericksen ate out and […]

Fred Meyer warehouse talks break down


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: UPDATE (Sept. 12, 2014) — Hundreds of Teamster warehouse workers will meet at 9 a.m. in Tacoma on Saturday, Sept. 13 to take part in a multi-state consumer action aimed at educating Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington about the company’s attempt to degrade workers’ […]

‘Total waste of taxpayer money,’ Koch sisters, mad about Maria…


Wednesday, September 10, 2014   ‘RIGHT TO WORK’ IS WRONG   ► In the Peninsula Daily News — Sequim City Council decides against action on labor initiatives — The City Council has unanimously agreed not to act on a pair of citizen initiatives aimed at changing the way the city deals with employee unions. Council […]

I-1351: Smaller class sizes make big difference for our children


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 10, 2014) — I always think of September as the actual beginning of the year. School starts, summer vacation is over, and we are all back to work. As I help out with coaching duties for cross country at Ballard High School, I can feel the enthusiasm that rolls over the […]

Eight arrested in WA-$15 march to Bellevue, beyond


The following is from Working Washington: UPDATE (Sept. 11, 2014) — Culminating a day that saw fast food workers rising through an hours-long march across WA-$15 (formerly I-90), eight were arrested by Bellevue police Wednesday evening over poverty wages. Committed to do “whatever it takes” to defend and expand the principle that everyone deserves to […]

Cities reject extremist group’s push for ‘right-to-work’


By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Sept. 9, 2014) — A right-wing group’s attempt to impose anti-union “right-to-work” collective bargaining restrictions on city governments in Washington state suffered a major setback Monday as its propositions were deemed illegal by city officials in both Sequim and Shelton. Dozens of angry citizens crowded into the cities’ council meetings […]

Rally to support Sakuma Bros. farmworkers Wednesday in Seattle


The following is from the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE — Farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington are taking action to demand fair treatment, decent working conditions and the right to their union. The workers say Sakuma Brothers has responded with grueling captive audience meetings to intimidate them, and by seeking out […]


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