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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.

NEXT UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 30

The Entire Staff of The Stand is going on staycation. Our next update will be Monday, Nov. 30. Until then, please stay safe, wear masks, and avoid unnecessary social contact. It’s a small sacrifice to make. And it’s the best way we can honor exhausted healthcare workers, respect frontline essential workers who must work in […]

This Thanksgiving holiday, stay home and give generously

As always, the labor movement is stepping up to help families in need during the holidays. This is particularly important this year, with so many families struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic with illness, unemployment, reduced work hours, and other economic hardships. The needs are great and the efforts to meet them are complicated by the […]

Tell Vancouver Public Schools to bring support staff back!

VANCOUVER, Wash. (Nov. 19, 2020) — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver Public Schools is balancing its budget on the backs of its lowest-paid school employees — and the students that need their individualized support — by furloughing hundreds of their paraeducators and classified employees, and reducing the hours for many of those who remain. The […]

250,000 dead, and counting ● Tyson’s inhumanity ● What we subsidize

Thursday, November 19, 2020   COVID-19   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Nov. 19 — The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 135,424 infections (7-day average of new infections per day: 1,710) and 2,592 deaths (7-day average of deaths per day: 13) ► From the News Tribune — […]

BIPOC racial justice artists: Apply for grant!

SEATTLE (Nov. 19, 2020) — The unions that comprise MLK Labor and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are committed to promoting racial equity within Washington’s labor movement and to building ties with other people and organizations fighting for social justice. As our state and nation experience a long-overdue reckoning over systemic racism, social justice […]

UFCW 367 to grocers: Improve safety, reinstate hazard pay

The following is from UFCW Local 367: TACOMA (Nov. 19, 2020) — Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 367, the union for more than 8,000 food and retail workers in the South Sound, is taking action online and sharing their concerns with press on the new surge in COVID-19 cases across Washington state […]

State building trades council welcomes Erin Frasier to staff

OLYMPIA (Nov. 19, 2020) — The Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council (WSBCTC) is excited to announce the addition of Erin Frasier as its new Assistant Executive Secretary. Frasier brings over 15 years of experience working in Washington’s workforce development system with a focus on enhancing social and economic justice throughout the system. Through […]

‘Explosive’ COVID ● FAA OKs 737 MAX ● Congress must act NOW

Wednesday, November 18, 2020   COVID-19   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Nov. 18 — Washington set another record for COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The state Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,589 new COVID-19 cases as of Monday, and 23 new deaths. The state has set records on four of the […]

Eastern WA unions celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

By JIM HEDEMARK Special to The Stand SPOKANE (Nov. 18, 2020) — IBEW Local 77 along with many unions, employers, education institutions, and elected officials in Eastern Washington made great strides this past week to celebrate and promote National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 8-14. “I am very proud of the unions, employers, academic and elected leaders […]

Stay home, if you can ● Restore ‘hero pay’ ● Damaging democracy

Tuesday, November 17, 2020   COVID-19   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Nov. 17 — The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 131,532 infections (7-day average of new infections per day: 1,584) and 2,548 deaths (7-day average of deaths per day: 12) ► From KUOW — Hospital workers […]



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