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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.

Uber exploits, KapStone stinks, Trumka vs. Trump…


Wednesday, September 2, 2015   UBER EXPLOITATION   ► In the Seattle Times — Seattle City Council member says let Uber drivers unionize — A Seattle elected official says he has a plan to help independent contractors such as Uber drivers unionize in pursuit of better working conditions and pay, but whether the strategy would […]

Sen. Wyden can help secure labor rights for Guatemalans


By CELESTE DRAKE (Sept. 2, 2015) — In August, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) traveled to several Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Argentina and Cuba, to discuss trade. While he was in Guatemala, he took time out to meet with labor unionists to discuss the Central American Free Trade Agreement (also known as DR-CAFTA). In April 2008, Guatemalan […]

KapStone scabs, Darigold rally, teacher strike(s), another brick in the wall(s)…


Tuesday, September 1, 2015   KAPSTONE STRIKE   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — KapStone restarts largest paper machine — KapStone fired up its largest paper machine Monday as union members entered their fifth day of the strike. The length of strike might hinge on how much of the plant the company can run […]

Casa Latina’s Hilary Stern to step down; new director sought


SEATTLE (Sept. 1, 2015) — After more than 20 years as the Executive Director of Casa Latina, Hilary Stern has announced that she will be stepping down in the first quarter of 2016. A job announcement has been posted for a new Executive Director and Stern is working with Casa Latina’s board to ensure a […]

Legislators are trying to manage, not solve, our state’s fiscal crisis


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 1, 2015) — Eighteen days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied. That adds up to about $3 million a […]

KapStone strike, teacher contracts, ‘hateful and racist’ rhetoric…


Monday, August 31, 2015   KAPSTONE STRIKE   ► In the (Longview) Daily News — KapStone workers on strike — After 15 months of failed contract negotiations, KapStone millworkers officially went on strike early Thursday morning. The strike began at 3 a.m. Thursday after the union gave the company a three-hour notice at midnight. AWPPW […]

AWPPW members go on strike at KapStone in Longview


The Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW) issued the following news release on Aug. 27, 2015. Note that this strike is sanctioned by the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Central Labor Council: LONGVIEW, Wash. — AWPPW Local 153 members have gone on strike early this morning (Thursday, Aug. 27) over Unfair Labor Practices at KapStone Paper […]

‘Sensible’ NLRB decision expands definition of joint employer


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 31, 2015) — In a 3-2 decision issued last Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board determined that the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a “joint employer” of its temporary workers, expanding the definition of what it means to be an employer in the United States and making companies –including giant […]

Wildfires rage, teachers talk, fix OT, celebrate Hawaii…


Friday, August 21, 2015   WILDFIRES   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Thousands fight relentless infernos — Wildfires continued to rage out of control Thursday, prompting state officials to seek firefighting help from volunteers for the first time in history. ALSO at The Stand — Stay informed, safe amid deadly wildfires ► In today’s […]

SeaTac airport workers score major victory in fight for $15


SEATAC (Aug. 21, 2015) — In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of the voters’ decision to require employers at Sea-Tac International Airport to pay fair wages and provide sick leave. The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision that sided with Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle in […]


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