A founding member of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 318, Dave began his involvement in the labor movement as a rank-and-file gasworker. He took on increasing responsibility in his union, moving from steward to executive board member, and eventually found himself serving as president of the local. In 1984, he decided to enroll in the Labor Guild school classes. Dave recalls that it was at the Labor Guild that Dave first met Father Ed Boyle, “the closest man I’ll ever meet to a saint,” marked by his work ethic and his devotion to social and economic justice. Dave continued his education by enrolling in the UMass Boston Labor Studies program, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1990.
Kowalski has served as an instructor and also served for three years on the executive board of the Labor Guild. He was elected as president of the board in January 2019. He will continue to lead the board in addition to taking on responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the guild as executive director.