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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.

Getting what we pay for, sick leave success, just a start…

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014   ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Voters rejecting new money for transit; bus cuts coming — A list of transit cuts is headed to the King County Council this week, after 55 percent of voters were rejecting a sales-tax and car-tab increase in the Tuesday night count. “There […]

VOTE, tip penalties, lawyers in line, ‘Grounded’…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014   ELECTION DAY   ► At Slog — VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Yes on Prop 1 — King County residents, it’s a special election for you, and this one’s about saving Metro bus service. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click that link. Do you ever ride the bus? […]

Fearing raises for low earners, ignoring obscene pay of 1%

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By LEO W. GERARD (April 22, 2014) — Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It’s the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much. The GOP is so afraid that the nation’s lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 […]

Deadlines near for video contest, talent show

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(April 22, 2014) — May — and MayWorks — is fast approaching! Check back soon here at The Stand for a complete list of planned events. If your union or Central Labor Council has an event celebrating labor’s culture and history that you’d like publicized in conjunction with MayWorks, email Kamaria Hightower with the details. […]

‘Prepared’ IAM, tips ≠ wages, getting trade right…

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Monday, April 21, 2014   AEROSPACE   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — SPEEA members win $47M in arbitration with Boeing — A group of 484 current and former Boeing engineers and technical workers have been awarded $47 million, in a union victory after a 10-year battle with the company. The victory reverses a […]

SPEEA helps Boeing employees win $47 million in back pay

SPEEA’s Rich Plunkett, left, and Matt Kempf hold more than 400 of the “make whole” awards Boeing was ordered to pay employees by an arbitrators ruling. Each sheet represents an award of at least $100,000. For more than a decade, Boeing denied engineers and technical workers at Edwards Air Force Base and in Palmdale the better wages and benefits provided by SPEEA contracts

The following is from Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001: PALMDALE, Calif. (April 21, 2014) — After a 13-year battle, 484 current and former employees of The Boeing Company are receiving nearly $47 million in wages and benefits they were denied because the aerospace giant refused to recognize they were […]

Help surround City Hall today at 4 p.m.

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SEATTLE — The fight to achieve a $15 minimum wage in Seattle reaches a critical juncture this week. Either the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee (IIAC) will deliver an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage or Mayor Ed Murray has said he will put forward his own proposal. Corporate interests — which […]

$15 on the ballot, ACA beats goal, new nutbags, Chic’s chops…

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Friday, April 18, 2014   LOCAL   ► In The Stranger — The $15 movement lays down a trump card: A ballot initiative — The fight for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle could be headed to the ballot box this year, instead of just churning through city hall. For the last few months, the […]

Worker Memorial Day events around state begin April 23

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(April 18, 2014) — Across Washington state, Worker Memorial Day commemorations will soon be held to honor and remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and to renew the fight for safer workplaces. “Each and every day in this country, on average 13 workers die on the job as a result of […]

State workers’ comp system posts strong gains, L&I reports

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (April 18, 2014) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reported April 4 that the financial condition of state-run workers’ compensation system continues to recover steadily from the recession. L&I says that the system’s net operations income grew by $191 million in the second half of 2013, […]

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