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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.

TPP officially dead amid calls for fair trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 24, 2017) — President Donald Trump formally abandoned the embattled Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, a proposed 12-nation deal on trade and corporate rights dubbed “NAFTA on steroids” that was negotiated and signed by the Obama administration in October 2015. Facing opposition from both the political left and right, the controversial deal lacked […]

Women march, GOP on repeat, insurers profit…

Monday, January 23, 2017   WOMEN’S MARCHES     ► In the Seattle Times — Record Seattle crowd asserts women’s rights: ‘Trump has galvanized everybody’ — The organizers originally thought 50,000 people would show up Saturday to the Womxn’s March on Seattle to demonstrate their opposition to the country’s newly sworn-in president. In the end, […]

Together, we made history. What’s next?

By LYNNE DODSON “Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we stand.” — Audre Lourde SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2017) — I’ve struggled to remain hopeful over the past months since election day. However, two […]

Two faces of democracy and a litmus test

By JEFF JOHNSON SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2017) — Over this past weekend, the United States once again witnessed the peaceful democratic transition of power from one administration to another. But this wasn’t the real story. Nor was the real story the administration’s obsession with size, whether hands or audience. The real story over the weekend […]

The time has come for paid leave (WSLC Legislative Update)

After 10 years, a bipartisan effort on family, medical, military leave   OLYMPIA (Jan. 23, 2017) — In 2007, when Democrats controlled Washington’s House, Senate and Governor’s Office, they approved historic legislation to create a modest paid family leave program. It was intended to help new parents afford to take a few weeks off with […]

Support for family leave, ACA ‘saved the farm,’ Old Man done good…

Friday, January 20, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From EOI — Strong show of support for paid family and medical leave in House Labor Committee hearing — HB 1116, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett), would allow all Washington workers to use extended paid leave for events like the birth of a child, a […]

Don’t destabilize our health care, economy

(Jan. 20, 2017) — The following letter was sent this week to Washington’s congressional delegation. It was signed by dozens of organizations throughout the state that are deeply concerned that congressional threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, block-grant the Medicaid system, and undermine Medicare through the use of vouchers would erode and undermine the […]

Team Teresa, women stand up, big Trump cuts loom…

Thursday, January 19, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Labor leader Teresa Mosqueda announces run for Seattle City Council — Teresa Mosqueda, a labor-movement leader who helped write last year’s initiative to raise the state minimum wage, is running for Seattle City Council. Mosqueda is political-campaign director at the Washington State […]

Sub-minimum ‘training wage’ for teenagers is a bad idea

By JEFF JOHNSON OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2017) — Washington voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 1433, so our state minimum wage just rose to $11 per hour and will reach $13.50 in 2020. Amid today’s extreme income inequality, joining Washington in raising state minimum wages last fall were Arizona, Colorado and Maine, states that are both red […]

Still fuming, ‘engaging’ Trump, Jaime’s tap dance, hot in herre…

Wednesday, January 18, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Report: Hanford tank vapor concerns strong as ever — Little progress appears to have been made to address the concerns of union employees about exposure to chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation, according to a new report. … “Many workers perceive […]

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