Adair Dammann, Director
Adair Dammann comes to the Labor Center with extensive experience and a deep commitment to advocating for workers, especially those in low-wage jobs, immigrants, and women. In addition to a long career with the Service Employees International Union, Adair has worked for Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club. She recently took her passion for adult education to Tanzania where she volunteered to teach English in a business school for low-income adult women, primarily street vendors. Adair holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. The staff of the Labor Center are thrilled to welcome her into the Directorship as this unique educational organization continues to pursue its mission of providing workers' rights education at South, to Washington State unions, and for workers throughout our city and state.
Daniel O'Donnell, Labor Educator
Since attending the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, Dan has worked for the Teamsters, SEIU, UAW, and several affiliates of the Carpenters Union. As a former investigator for the State of Florida's Division of Workers Compensation Compliance, Daniel fought employee miss-classification and fraud in the construction industry, issuing stop work orders and fines to construction companies and subcontractors who failed to protect employees with workers compensation coverage. Much of Dan's previous union organizer and representation work was in the Southern United States and other open shop environments, often working with immigrant workers. He is convinced that, despite the Janus decision, workers can strengthen their union bargaining power, and grow their union membership and power through comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns. Dan speaks Spanish and is available to teach workshops in both English and Spanish. "I am so excited to work with Washington unions! The best days of our labor movement are yet to come!"
David L. West, Researcher
David West our new researcher will be collaborating with labor and community organizations to evaluate key issues facing Washington's workforce, with a particular focus on low-wage workers. David's work will include analyzing the impacts of public policy options for Washington's changing workforce and identifying those, which can benefit today's workers and their organizations, and reduce economic inequality.
Anita Scheer, Program Coordinator