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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.

Trump-timatum, partisan budget, Gorsuch filibuster, vacation…

Dearest Readers: The Entire Staff of The Stand is on vacation next week, so your next update will be on Monday, April 3. — Sincerely, TESOTS   Friday, March 24, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► In today’s Washington Post — Trump’s high-risk gamble with House GOP: Pass bill today or keep Obamacare — Top House […]

Why this refinery worker backs Clean Energy Transition Act

By STEVE GAREY The following testimony was delivered at the March 14 public hearing on HB 1646, the Clean Energy Transition Act., before the House Committee on Environment. My name is Steve Garey. I am a retired refinery worker. For 24 years, I worked as a machinist for both Shell and Tesoro in the refineries […]

Jaime says NO, treason update, Cantwell on trade…

Thursday, March 23, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► BREAKING — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to vote NO on Trumpcare — “The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed… Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely.   […]

Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong is this Saturday night

The following is from the Seattle Labor Chorus: SEATTLE — Amid cold winds weather-wise and politics-wise, you can cheer yourself up by attending the annual Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong — Saturday evening, March 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. You can look forward to the usual spirited community singing with words provided, a silent auction, […]

Early I-1433 results are in, raising minimum wage boosts jobs

By JOHN BURBANK (March 23, 2017) — Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of $1.53 from what it was on Dec. 31, […]

Bad budget, Boeing layoffs are all local, dumber by watching…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — GOP budget would reject state worker raises to help pay for schools — To help find more money for schools, the Republican plan would reject nearly all of the collective bargaining agreements Gov. Jay Inslee’s office reached with 38 employee unions. […]

Lacking votes, House GOP pulls Trumpcare

Public outcry, plummeting polls doomed Republican repeal of ACA   UPDATE (2 p.m. March 24, 2017) — In a dramatic conclusion to the Republican effort to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders this afternoon pulled their “Trumpcare” bill because they lacked the votes to pass it […]

Senate Republican budget plan short-changes state employees

GOP ignores state collective bargaining laws, slashes negotiated raises   OLYMPIA (March 21, 2017) — The long-awaited Senate Republican budget proposal was released today, and just as it did two years ago, it short-changes state employees and ignores the state’s collective bargaining laws. Rather than a straight up-or-down vote on the negotiated and ratified state […]

Boeing sheds more jobs, Donald Grump, no sympathy…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing plans to lay off 170 workers in region; offers buyouts — Boeing announced more layoffs and a new round of buyouts late last week for workers around Puget Sound. The company continues to trim its workforce [in Washington] as it cuts […]

Workforce development labor reps to convene on May 12

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is co-hosting a convening of labor representatives serving on workforce boards throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It will be Friday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. 6th St. An optional Networking Reception will be from 6 to 8 […]


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