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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.

Railing solo, highway cliff, San Diego acts, Walgreens’ shame…

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014   RAILROADS   ► From KPLU — BNSF’s plan for one-person train crews concerns rail workers — Railroad workers are speaking out against a proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to have single-employee freight train crews. They say the idea is unsafe, especially in light of the increasing transportation of […]

NLRB affirms McDonald’s responsibilities

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The following is from Working Washington: (July 30, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday found that McDonald’s Corporation maintains such extensive control over operations at its franchisees that it functions as a joint employer and shares legal responsibility for employment conditions at franchised McDonald’s outlets. This decision confirms what workers have long […]

Good news spun bad, GOP self-hatred, Wall St. Traitors…

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014   MEDICARE & SOCIAL SECURITY   ► In the Washington Post — Medicare finances improve partly due to ACA, trustee report says — Medicare’s financial health is improving, according to a new official forecast that says that the program will remain solvent until 2030 — four years later than anticipated a […]

Training law ‘good news,’ but more needed

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015) — In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Congress has approved and last week President Obama signed new legislation governing federal workforce development, including provisions that the AFL-CIO reports will increase the voice of workers in the system. The House passed (415–6) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) […]

Highline nurses retain their health plan, win COLAs in deal

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BURIEN (July 29, 2014) — Some 800 nurses and healthcare workers represented by SEIU HealthCare 1199NW at Highline Medical Center helped ensure quality care through a winning campaign to get the Franciscan Health System to invest in Burien’s hospital. “Good care comes from having experienced staff at your bedside and we want the best here […]

IAFF calls out looters of public pensions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 2014) — Across America, state budgets are being balanced on the backs of current and former public employees by breaking commitments to fund their defined-benefit retirement plans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is the latest to go this route, warning his state’s fire fighters, police officers, teachers and other public employees last […]

Corporate flags of convenience, sorry CEO, Mary quits…

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Monday, July 28, 2014   CORPORATE DESERTERS   ► In today’s NY Times — Corporate artful dodgers — Apologists for “inversion,” the tax-avoidance strategy du jour, tend to claim that high taxes are driving businesses out of America, are indeed talking nonsense. These businesses aren’t moving production or jobs overseas — and they’re still earning […]

‘For’ but against, corporate deserters, Mr. Big Stuff…

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Friday, July 25, 2014   AIRLINES   ► In today’s News Tribune – Alaska Air Group announces record second quarter earnings — Earnings were up 50 percent over the same quarter last year and the company’s pre-tax margins grew from 13.5 percent in the same quarter last year to 18.5 this year. ALSO TODAY at The […]

Workers for Alaska Air’s bag vendor vote to join SEIU 6

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SEATAC (July 25, 2014) — More than 200 Sea-Tac Airport workers at Bags, Inc., who are contracted by Alaska Air Group to provide wheelchair and other passenger services for Alaska customers, have voted to join SEIU Local 6 to improve their wages and working conditions while lifting up their community. “My co-workers and I voted for […]

IAM 751′s Holden: Boeing CEO’s remarks ‘astounding and sad’

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UPDATE — IAM President Tom Buffenbarger is demanding an apology from Boeing CEO Jim McNerney for his “unfunny and unnecessary remarks.” The following is crossposted from the IAM District 751 blog: SEATTLE (July 25, 2013) — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement to union members in response […]

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