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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.

After reaching tentative deal, MultiCare doctors cancel picket

UPDATE (Feb. 22, 2019) — The following is from the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD): “VICTORY! After over twenty months of fighting for safe patient care, urgent care physicians and providers have reached a tentative agreement with MultiCare Health System. We have won a closing policy to ensure patient safety in our community. […]

You must speak out ● Why teachers strike ● Tork > Stills

Friday, February 22, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Is state ready for another massive transportation package? — Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) filed legislation Thursday for a 10-year, $16.6 billion package of transportation improvements largely paid for with a 6-cent hike in the gas tax and new fees on carbon emissions […]

Providence Everett workers will leaflet outside Silvertips game

EVERETT (Feb. 22, 2019) — Hundreds of union members and their family and friends will descend on the Angel of the Winds Arena tonight to watch the Everett Silvertips hockey team take on the Seattle Thunderbirds for Union Solidarity Night. (Hope you already got tickets, because it’s sold out.) Speaking of Union Solidarity, on their […]

Here’s what American working families want

We want the freedom to join together and an economy that works for all    By RICHARD TRUMKA (Feb. 21, 2019) — Last year, in communities all across the country, millions of Americans mobilized and called for an economy that works for all of us. From state houses and governors mansions to Capitol Hill, we elected […]

The S word ● Our activist insider ● Strikes work

Thursday, February 21, 2019   LOCAL   ► MUST-READ in today’s Seattle Times — Socialism is gaining in popularity, and today’s capitalism is to blame (by Jon Talton) — This opening for the S word didn’t travel the Atlantic from such hellholes as Stockholm or Copenhagen. Rather, it’s the natural backlash against big changes in American capitalism. Checks […]

Join FED UP airline food workers at Sea-Tac Airport on Feb. 26

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATAC — Please join us at the Port of Seattle Commission meeting to demand equality for airline catering workers on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon at Sea-Tac International Airport on the south end of the Mezzanine Level. As U.S. airlines continue to enjoy years of soaring profits, […]

‘Don’t make me sick’ ● Trump’s war ● WV teachers walk and win

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   LOCAL   ► From Teamsters 117 —  Teamsters have a message for ICS: ‘Don’t make me sick’ — The message was loud and clear, scrawled on the dust masks Teamsters members at Industrial Container Services (ICS) wore today as they sanitized and refurbished steel barrels for reuse: Don’t make me sick, ICS. The […]

Teamsters vote to OK strike at Industrial Container Services

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATTLE (Feb. 20, 2019) — Teamsters at Industrial Container Services (ICS), a steel drum and container supplier in Seattle, are not backing down. After months of being bullied by their employer in contract negotiations, the group is fighting back. On Feb. 16, after an update from their union […]

Sign up for Path to Power candidate training

SEATTLE (Feb. 20, 2019) — Are you a union member thinking about running for the city council, school board, or some other elected public office? The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is once again partnering with the national AFL-CIO to host Path to Power: A Political Candidate Training Program on March 13-15 at the Painters District […]

Hanford help ● Emergency! ● WV Strike 2: Electric Boogaloo

Tuesday, February 19, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — State lawmakers consider more help for sick Hanford workers, while feds push back — Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow […]


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