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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.

Labor appeals, economics of Ferguson, humans need not apply…


Tuesday, August 19, 2014   LOCAL   ► From KPLU — Unions appeal judge’s ruling, seek separate votes on Seattle pre-K, child care plans — A union-backed advocacy group for Seattle childcare workers has appealed a lower court ruling that pits a voter initiative the group favors, Initiative 107, against a city-endorsed pre-kindergarten proposal on […]

After a year in prison, join the effort to Free Nestora Salgado


(Aug. 19, 2014) — Nearly one year ago, on Aug. 21, 2013, Renton resident Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of a legal indigenous community defense force in her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested. For 12 months, she has been imprisoned in Mexico on false charges and denied the right to see […]

Forging a union, winning a deal, buying off big business…


Monday, August 18, 2014   AEROSPACE   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Machinists unionize leading Seattle manufacturing powerhouse Jorgensen Forge — One of Seattle’s oldest and most powerful manufacturers has been unionized by the Machinists, the most recent in a string of union successes. The two-thirds vote by 100 workers to unionize Jorgensen […]

Working America: Join the labor movement!


(Aug. 18, 2014) — Many people don’t have access to a union on the job, but support workers’ rights and the labor movement. In case you haven’t heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy. Become part of the […]

State pension bait-and-switch, Renton’s good news, oogah chakkas…


Friday, August 15, 2014   STATE PENSIONS   ► From AP — Court rulings back pension cuts for state workers — The Legislature had the right to eliminate state employee pension increases that were approved during the stock market boom of the 1990s, the Washington Supreme Court said unanimously Thursday in two decisions that save the […]

Valley, Deaconess nurses in Spokane win agreement

SEIU HealthCare 1199NW conduct an informational picket outside Valley Hospital in October 2013.

SPOKANE (Aug. 15, 2014) — After campaigning since December 2012, including a strike in sub-zero weather, nurses and hospital workers have won an agreement with Valley and Deaconess Hospitals that will give them a stronger voice to improve staffing and increase the hospitals’ investment in front-line care. “We stood united for our patients and it […]

Sign of the Times: Holding greedy corporations harmless


By DAVID GROVES (Aug. 15, 2014) — An employer lockout of union workers that has dragged on for nearly 18 months is headed toward resolution this week, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee deserves some of the credit for refusing to continue facilitating the status quo. The reaction of The Seattle Times editorial board? Don’t try […]

25% less pay, $125 for 5K, Cowering Robot, Baghdad USA…


Thursday, August 14, 2014   MISSION NOT ACCOMPLISHED   ► From AP — State jobless rate falls to 5.6 percent for month of July — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month, as the state added an estimated 7,300 jobs from June to July, and June’s initial report of 9,100 jobs gained […]

Major court win for subcontractors’ workers

(From left) Armando Arredondo, Hector Martinez and Noe Montes of the Workers defense Committee at Casa Latina.

By HILARY STERN Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (Aug. 14, 2014) — Beginning in 2007, Orlando Ventura Reyes went to work every night — scheduled for 364 days a year — at a Puget Sound-area Fred Meyer store. He says he made less than the minimum wage, was not paid overtime, and had to find […]

TPP mistrust, Washington lags, schedules that work…


Wednesday, August 13, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Tentative agreement in NW grain terminal dispute — A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the ILWU and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative […]


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