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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.

Water for jobs | Midnight shutdown | Fragile but fierce

Friday, January 19, 2018   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From AP — Lawmakers pass water bill, $4 billion in construction — The Legislature approved more than $4 billion in construction projects across the state after reaching a deal on a contentious water issue that had stalled the capital budget for months. The Senate and the House passed […]

Finally! Action on capital budget, voter rights

UPDATED (11:20 a.m.) with Senate passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act (see below). Hostage crisis ends as capital budget passes, but damage was done   OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2018) — For nearly a year now, Senate Republicans have held hostage more than $4 billion worth of job-creating school construction and public infrastructure projects over an unrelated […]

Women’s marches | Cathy thinks you’re dumb | Oh, Canada

Thursday, January 18, 2018   WOMEN’S MARCHES & ACTIONS   ► In the News Tribune — 5,000 people expected to rally for women’s rights in Olympia this weekend — The Women’s March that brought 10,000 people to the state Capitol last year to protest President Donald Trump and advocate for the rights of women is set to return […]

House OKs equal pay on bipartisan vote

After 69-28 vote, WSLC-supported legislation now heads to the Senate   OLYMPIA (Jan. 18, 2018) — After active negotiations between the business and labor communities, the state House of Representatives passed the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1506) on a 69-28 vote Wednesday. This is the fourth straight year that the House sends a version of this […]

This weekend, women will march again — and take action

This weekend, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s Marches held nationwide on President Trump’s inauguration weekend in 2017, more marches and events are scheduled throughout the state. SATURDAY, JAN. 20 Women’s+ March on Olympia — A “Washington Women+ Move Mountains” rally will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the […]

Capital budget damage | Bargaining CHIPs | More Walmart cuts

Wednesday, January 17, 2018   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — Apartment project meant to help people might be cancelled if state budget doesn’t pass — Once constructed, the seven-floor apartment complex will shelter 54 domestic violence victims and their families. But to get funding for the $21 million project, state lawmakers must pass the […]

Honoring MLK | Aggressive ICE | Trump’s shutdown

Tuesday, January 16, 2018   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands gather and march through Seattle — A march and rally drew thousands to downtown Seattle to honor and remember civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Overflow crowd celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. at […]

Urge better pay for employees of city-owned Vancouver Hilton

UNITE HERE 8 plans food drive Thursday outside City Hall; please donate!   VANCOUVER, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2018) — Despite record revenue in recent years, the city-owned Vancouver Hilton hotel continues to propose paying poverty wages — just pennies over the state minimum wage — keeping workers living in poverty. Many of the these workers have […]

Rally for health care Tuesday at State Capitol

OLYMPIA — Time and again we hear the stories of families and individuals who can’t afford or get access to health insurance coverage. The cold truth is that Americans routinely suffer preventable deaths and bankruptcies because of our deeply flawed health care system. That must change. Health Care for All-WA — an organization endorsed by […]

AT&T wireless workers approve contract setting new standards

The following news release was distributed today by the Communications Workers of America (CWA): (Jan. 12, 2018) — AT&T wireless workers approved a precedent-setting contract that rolls back offshoring and outsourcing and sets a new standard for wireless retail and call center jobs in America. The contract covers over 21,000 workers in 36 states. CWA […]


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