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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.

Something happened so… a Valentine’s Day song

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Friday, February 12, 2016   SOMETHING HAPPENED   …at the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Reception last night and it caused technical difficulties for The Entire Staff of The Stand. Therefore, you’ll have to wait until next week for your next set of news links. Thank you for your understanding and please stop talking so […]

Initiative 1433 campaign kicks off March 5

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(Feb. 12, 2016) — Ladies and gentlemen, we have a number — and a launch date. The ballot initiative to raise Washington state’s minimum wage and allow all workers in the state to earn paid sick leave is Initiative 1433. Filed last month and supported by Raise Up Washington — a coalition of union, faith […]

Strong voter support, Boeing job cuts stir renewed interest in bill

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(Feb. 12, 2016) — A new survey of likely voters in Washington state found that there is overwhelming support for a change to the current aerospace tax credit law. Seventy-four percent of general election voters, and 81 percent of Democratic primary voters, support changing the law so the amount of tax breaks Boeing and other […]

Boeing plans job cuts, low tax Washington, voters revolt…

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Thursday, February 11, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Job cuts planned as Boeing hunkers down to compete with Airbus, consider new plane — No details were given on the timing or scale of the job cuts, but the tone of the announcement suggests a significant impact across BCA. “We will […]

This Valentine’s Day, help create sweet jobs

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The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Feb. 11, 2016) — Why not give your valentine some union-made sweets this Feb. 14, toast your love with champagne that carries a union label, or touch up your pheromones a bit with some smell-good union-made scents. It turns out there are many union-made treats you can give out on […]

Celebrate brave leaders, agitators this Black History Month

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By JOHN BURBANK (Feb. 11, 2016) — This month is Black History Month. In reality, every month is Black History month, because without black people, there would be no United States. Black history is tied up with slavery and capitalism, territorial expansion, annihilation of native Americans, the Civil War, Jim Crow, and ongoing inequality. It […]

An embarrassment, stable in Seattle, voting rights…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016   SENATE EMBARRASSMENT   ► In today’s Columbian — Dysfunction in Olympia (editorial) — A surprise move by Senate Republicans to oust state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson serves as an embarrassing example of dysfunctional government. While senators might find fault with how Peterson has handled her duties, the manner in which […]

OneAmerica opposes I-732 carbon tax. Here’s why.

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By RICH STOLZ and DE’SEAN QUINN (Feb. 10, 2016) — The dual threat of climate change and the pollution that causes it requires the broadest possible coalition to address its impacts and to decrease our society’s reliance on fossil fuels. Few feel these threats more acutely than low-income communities, communities of color and immigrant and […]

Senate GOP ‘out of control,’ Harborview win, buy union rats…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Governor assails state Senate for firing transportation chief — An angry Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday blasted Republican senators for ousting Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, calling it a “scurrilous, underhanded and dishonest” political campaign of which they should be ashamed.  […]

Trump’s appeal among whites about personality, not policy

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The following is from Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, representing 3 million working people who do not have the benefits of union: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 9, 2016) — A new Working America report finds that key white-working class voters have not made up their minds yet in the 2016 presidential race, but […]

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