The Stand
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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.

The search for spine, she persists, Trump’s trickle-down…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Olympian — Lawmakers need to find their spines (editorial) — The Democrats have balked at holding a floor vote for their roughly $3 billion tax package, which includes a modest capital gains tax on sales of stocks. The Democrats fear, perhaps rightly, that any […]

40-hour workweek, OT pay under attack by House GOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2017) — Republican leaders in Congress just launched a new attack on the 40-hour workweek. H.R. 1180, which they call the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017,” would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector employers to “compensate” hourly workers with compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay. […]

Join May Day marches for immigrant rights

‘May Day of Resistance’ in Seattle, plus events in Yakima and Olympia   (April 26, 2017) — Immigrant rights activists, union members and community supporters are expected to turn out in large numbers for May Day marches and actions in Seattle, Yakima and Olympia on Monday, May 1, International Workers Day. SEATTLE — El Comité […]

Immigration, dancing with Donald, who supports our troops…

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   IMMIGRATION   ► From The Stranger — Women detainees at Tacoma immigrant prison end hunger strike, but vow to keep fighting — On Sunday evening, a group of women immigrants detained inside Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center ended a nearly week-long hunger strike. The women stopped eating on April 18 to […]

Attend People’s Climate Summit on Saturday

(April 25, 2017) — This year, labor, environmental, community of color and other organizations have been working together across Washington state as part of the People’s Climate Movement to organize an Earth Day to May Day Week of Action, running from April 22 to May 1. This is related to the People’s Climate March coming […]

Boeing pink slips, not so special, Postmistress General…

Monday, April 24, 2017   LOCAL   ► In the (Everett) Herald — Boeing lays off Washington workers; total could be hundreds — Nearly 500 union workers were told Friday they’ll be without jobs in 60 days. The cuts are part of a company-wide campaign to slash costs that Boeing executives say is necessary to […]

Help document May 1 actions by donating photos, video, signs

SEATTLE (April 24, 2017) — The University of Washington Labor Archives is documenting and collecting items from the upcoming May 1, 2017, marches in the Puget Sound region. We will have a table to collect items at the end of the march as well as sign-up sheets if you want us to collect your photos […]

Shutdown: ‘It’s the American people who pay the price’

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees: (April 24, 2017) — David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the nation’s largest federal employee union, called on Congress to pass a federal budget and keep the government open for business. “Congress shouldn’t be playing chicken with funding federal […]

Holy unionization, Jesse’s fits, ICE cold, missing Prince…

Friday, April 21, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Olympian — Second faculty group votes to unionize at Saint Martin’s University — Tenured and tenure-track faculty members and librarians at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey have voted to form a union. They are the second group at the private Catholic university to unionize. Last […]

800-plus at Kadlec Medical Center organize with SEIU 1199NW

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: RICHLAND (April 21, 2017) — More than 800 nursing assistants, radiology techs, dietary and housekeeping staff, certified surgical technologists, and more at Kadlec Regional Medical Center voted on April 19-20 to unite in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the statewide union of nearly 30,000 nurses and healthcare workers. The caregivers […]


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