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​David Freiboth

Senior Director, Labor Relations


Veteran representative of labor unions

As we seek to prepare the next generation of maritime workers throughout the region, Freiboth has the skills essential to grow jobs in Washington state.

Deep Labor experience in the Puget Sound region

Freiboth has been a key player in the local labor community for more than 20 years and brings to the port an extensive background and knowledge in maritime labor issues. Since 2006 Freiboth served as Executive Secretary of the King County Labor Council where he was responsible for representing 125 affiliated local unions, advising national labor leadership, managing local staff, and serving as primary spokesman for labor locals. Prior to that role he spent more than 10 years as the President of the Seattle Inlandboatman’s Union, representing more than 3,500 members in the public and private sector on the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii.

Supporting workforce development and enhanced communication

As Senior Director of Labor Relations, Freiboth is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance for labor relations, playing a critical role in supporting workforce development throughout the Puget Sound region. Because of the important component labor brings to the region and state, the position reports directly to the Executive Director. He also works build and enhance communication between a wide range of labor unions and the Port of Seattle.

Puget Sound commitment

Nearly half of the port’s 1,800 employees are represented by 20 different labor union locals, 22 bargaining units, with an additional six union locals comprising its external labor relations.


Freiboth holds a bachelors degree in Labor History from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland