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Stories written by David Groves
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.

Final stalemate explained, process for prez, money for bosses…


Monday, July 6, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AFSCME — Coordinated actions win raises, stop state shutdown — It took thousands of public employees rallying across Washington state at more than 100 locations over two days this May and June to urge state legislators to agree to a sensible budget and avert a […]

Facing all-cuts proposal, Macy’s workers plan pickets in Seattle


SEATTLE — Macy’s employees represented by UFCW Local 21 in Western Washington are struggling to get a fair contract from an employer that has aligned with low-wage retailers like Walmart and Bartell’s in attempting to drive down wages, benefits and working conditions. Macy’s has offered an all-cuts proposal: cuts to health care, cuts to staffing, […]

Support Seattle Hyatt workers, hotel boycott at Wednesday rally


The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE — Workers and community supporters will continue to support Hyatt workers in a rally and picket line in front of the Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St., from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8. Workers at the Grand Hyatt at the Hyatt at Olive […]

Swedish-Providence nurses call for better staffing, care, jobs


The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: SEATTLE (July 2, 2015) — Swedish-Providence nurses and healthcare workers walked the picket line Wednesday to call for better staffing, better care, and better jobs. The 7,000 nurses and healthcare workers, united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, picketed several Swedish-Providence campuses to call on Swedish-Providence, which made $110 million […]

Senate scuffle, Sakuma strike, ‘Latino spring,’ Classic…


Thursday, July 2, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Senate scuffle leaves $2 billion hole in day-old $38 billion operating budget — The two-year spending plan hinges on the Legislature delaying I-1351, the measure to lower class sizes that voters approved in November. But in an unexpected development, the state Senate […]

Senate Republicans embraced shutdown politics in 2015


In two weeks, the Washington State Labor Council will publish its 2015 Legislative Report and Voting Record summarizing the 2015 session and showing how state legislators voted on key working family issues. As of this writing, the longest legislative session in state history still hasn’t concluded, but here’s a sneak peek at that WSLC report: […]

Support overdue update of overtime pay rule


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2015) — This week, President Barack Obama proposed a long-awaited update of federal regulations that would restore access to overtime pay protections for millions of Americans. Under the proposed new rules, all salaried workers who earn less than $970 per week — or about $50,000 per year — would be eligible […]

Farmworkers walk off job again; call Sakuma to urge negotiations


UPDATE (10 a.m. July 2, 2015) — “Workers have another work stoppage this morning,” reads the Familias Unidas por la Justicia Union’s Facebook page. “They were trying to negotiate a fair price for blueberries with supervisors but no agreement was reached.” FUJ is now urging all supporters to call Sakuma HQ at 360-757-6611 and tell […]

Inslee signs budget, Pharma ♥’s TPP, GOP field hates unions…


Wednesday, July 1, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Gov. Inslee signs new state budget to avert government shutdown — State agencies stayed open Wednesday and government officials took steps to make amends with the state Supreme Court — those were two of the main accomplishments of the new two-year operating […]

‘Land of the Free’ still far from ensuring Black Lives Matter


By JOHN BURBANK (July 1, 2015) — As we celebrate our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July, perhaps we should do some reflecting about our nation, especially as we consider last month’s murder of nine black citizens in South Carolina. Our forefathers declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are […]


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