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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.

GOP vs. raises, GOP vs. truth, GOP vs. unions…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — $5 million settlement over break relief for nurses at St. Joseph — Nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma will receive $5 million in back pay after CHI Franciscan Health agreed to a settlement regarding meal and rest breaks, according to […]

WSNA nurses at St. Joe’s score major victory

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Nurse rest and meal break lawsuit settlement includes $5 million in back pay   The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: TACOMA (Dec. 7, 2017) — The Washington State Nurses Association is pleased to announce that we have reached a groundbreaking settlement of our lawsuit concerning meal and rest break violations against Franciscan […]

Shea Nutter: Give me Liberty or give me ‘right-to-work’ (or both)

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Dec. 7, 2016) — If Republican Rep. Matt Shea had his way, Washington would become an anti-union “right-to-work” state. But in a mostly blue state with a Democratic governor and divided Legislature, he knows that’s unlikely to happen. So Shea has a backup plan: split off Eastern Washington into […]

Boeing doesn’t Brexit, scrap this cap, Trump’s hard right nominees…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016   BOEING   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Boeing’s ad campaign boasting UK job gains upsets Washington workers after year of cuts — A new Boeing advertising campaign on UK taxi cabs boasts of doubling its UK workforce and boosting supply chain spending since 2011. “We understand Boeing is […]

On Jan. 1, Washington state’s minimum wage will be $11

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OLYMPIA (Dec. 6, 2016) — With the passage of Initiative 1433, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) officially notified employers and the public last week that the state minimum wage will increase from $9.47 to $11 an hour starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Higher minimum wage rates will apply to workers in […]

The plant abides, support for Saldaña, the dignity of work…

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Monday, December 5, 2016   LOCAL   ► From IAM 751 — Buffett-owned plant in Kent accepts workers’ right to organize — An aerospace supply company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to a settlement with the NLRB in a case that accused company managers of repeated violations of federal labor law. As part […]

Seattle Mayor Murray signs I-124 into law to protect hotel workers

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The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (Dec. 5, 2016) — Mayor Ed Murray issued a proclamation on Thursday declaring citizen-led Initiative 124 to be an ordinance of the City of Seattle. Following the endorsement of the Mayor, the City Council, and numerous community organizations, I-124 passed overwhelmingly with 76.59% of the vote […]

Norwegian Air permit decision ‘slap in the face’ to U.S. workers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 5, 2016) — Negative reaction was swift and harsh after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has awarded Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit to operate in the United States. Domestic airlines, unions and many lawmakers opposed as unfair competition, including Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) who […]

WSLC stands ready to push back, move forward on justice for all

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Labor movement will fight for justice, stand with community partners   By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 5, 2016) — As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet, fear and anxiety grows daily in the labor, immigrant rights, LBGTQ, Muslim, African American and environmental communities. While the incoming president does not appear to have a […]

Hanford distrust, health care uncertainty, bigots and billionaires…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — Tacoma police officer dies after shooting at East Side home — A Tacoma police officer was fatally shot Wednesday while responding to a domestic violence call on the city’s East Side, sparking an hourslong standoff with a volley of gunfire. ► In […]

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