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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.

Nurses need breaks ● Ski union ● Grotesque at Disney

Wednesday, April 24, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   EDITOR’S NOTE — Hundreds of nurses, medical technicians, other frontline healthcare workers and their supporters are gathering this morning at the State Capitol in Olympia, and will be meeting with their legislators to urge passage of a compromise conference committee version of SHB 1155. Call your legislators […]

Services for Jacquie Jones-Walsh will be Saturday in Seattle

SEATTLE — Funeral services for Washington State Labor Council Vice President Jacquie Jones-Walsh, a longtime member of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and State President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Greater Glory Ministries, 6419 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. in […]

Tell Boeing CEO to reinstate wrongly fired S.C. inspectors

The following is from the Machinists union (IAM): CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 24, 2019) — Late last year before the holiday season, the Boeing Co. fired three flight readiness technicians/inspectors, who had recently voted to join the IAM, without just cause. These employees were allegedly terminated for missing a bird strike on an engine during a […]

All hands on deck for nurses’ rally ● Shea’s cray cray ● Who’s the Hanford boss?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Washington Post — A state senator said nurses ‘probably play cards’ at work. Facing mass outrage, she’s apologized. — State Sen. Maureen Walsh (R) apologized on Monday after drawing nationwide backlash for saying nurses in smaller hospitals “probably play cards for a considerable amount […]

Stop & Shop workers in New England score powerful victory

The following is from the AFL-CIO: BOSTON (April 23, 2019) — A tentative agreement between the 31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in New England and management at Stop & Shop supermarkets has been reached, effectively ending the historic strike that captured the country’s attention. The proposed deal will preserve health […]

Join refinery safety advocates at events in Seattle, Burlington

OLYMPIA (April 23, 2019) — Nine years after the fatal explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, the state’s Department of Labor and Industries will soon give formal notice of rulemaking to strengthen the regulations aimed at preventing catastrophic explosions in Washington state’s refineries. The BlueGreen Alliance and the Washington State Labor Council, […]

Durham drivers in Everett join together with Teamsters 38

The following is from the Teamsters union: EVERETT (April 23, 2019) — Earlier this month, drivers at Durham School Services in Everett voted by more than a three-to-one margin to join Teamsters Local 38. The 127 workers are part of a growing movement of drivers and monitors who are organizing with the union because of […]

Don’t ignore CTCs ● ‘I was tired’ ● Shoddy in SC ● Stop & Shop deal

Monday, April 22, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin — Community colleges can’t be ignored in state budget (editorial) — These schools play an essential role in our state’s economy, which is something that seems to be undervalued. We can no longer afford to take these schools for granted. Whatever […]

Olympia rally today to save nurse break bill

Sen. Walsh’s comments about nurses playing cards draw national outrage   OLYMPIA (April 22, 2019) — After 10 years of seeking legislation to ensure that nurses and other frontline healthcare workers get uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, and after 10 years of opposition by hospital administrators, this labor-supported patient safety legislation is tantalizingly close to […]

Cancel after 10 episodes? ● Card-playing nurses ● The Spirit of TGIGF

Friday, April 19, 2019   OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE   ► In today’s Washington Post — Mueller report lays out obstruction evidence against the president — The report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III lays out in alarming detail abundant evidence against Trump, finding 10 “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice but ultimately concluding it […]


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