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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.

Lobbyist Bingo, 2nd best tax break, Murray takes a stand…


Monday, January 26, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In — It’s Bingo time at the State Legislature for poverty wage workers — Working Washington will hand out business lobbyist Bingo cards at the Capitol today, inviting everyone to play along during the House Labor Committee’s 1:30 p.m. hearing on bills to raise the minimum wage and establish […]

McCain’s job-killing plan to repeal Jones Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 26, 2015) — While many lawmakers are focusing on creating, maintaining and even bringing back jobs to the United States, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is pushing legislation that threatens 400,000 U.S. shipbuilding, seafaring and supply chain jobs in the maritime industry. McCain has offered an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill […]

Port rally, Boeing accountability, logrolling, Monsters of Money…


Friday, January 23, 2015   PORT SHOWDOWN   ► From KOMO News — ‘We just want to work:’ Rallying cry for West Coast port workers — Some of the loudest full-throated cheers didn’t come from longshoremen. They came for a longshorewoman. “I’m a blue collar laborer like the rest of us,” said Meghan Mason, a […]

At ports, ILWU standing up for working people, middle class


By JEFF JOHNSON (Jan. 23, 2015) — In downtown Tacoma last night, about 1,000 union and community members rallied in support of the men and women from the ILWU who are being attacked by the Pacific Maritime Association. The PMA, in an employer dispute over coast-wide bargaining, has cut night shifts at the ports and […]

Boeing battles union, 11% raises, GOP opposes paid sick time…


Thursday, January 22, 2015   BOEING   ► In today’s P.S. Business Journal — Boeing fights back as momentum builds to unionize South Carolina plant — Machinists union organizers say they’re gathering momentum at Boeing’s plant in South Carolina, and believe they’re on the way to unionizing the plant there. “I’m optimistic we’re going to […]

Sign up! WSLC legislative events Feb. 19-20


OLYMPIA (Jan. 22, 2015) — The 2015 session of the Washington State Legislature is shaping up to be another challenging one. With the House and Senate controlled by different parties, legislators face significant operating and transportation budget challenges, and many pro-worker policy bills included in the Washington State Labor Council’s Shared Prosperity Agenda also await […]

Priority hire, SOTU redux, we’re no. 9…


Wednesday, January 21, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seattle takes step to hire more workers from distressed areas — The Seattle City Council approved a new “priority hire” ordinance Tuesday that aims to put more people from economically distressed local neighborhoods to work on large city construction projects. Between 2009 […]

Call Congress in National Call-In Week to stop ‘Fast Track’


UPDATE — This important effort has been extended to urge folks to call all week long, so please continue to call the number below. Thank you to all who have already called — and those of you who are about to — for making your voices heard! (Jan. 21, 2015) — Add your voice to […]

Congress trades away authority, responsibility with ‘Fast Track’


By LYNNE DODSON (Jan. 21, 2015) — As the highly unpopular 113th Congress finished its second session, most of Washington’s Congressional delegation missed a great chance to stand up against an undemocratic procedure known as “fast track.” This 1970s-era tactic has been used to railroad the most controversial and damaging of U.S. “trade” deals through […]

Obama’s State of the Union was ‘right message at right time’


(Jan. 21, 2015) — Following are statements by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson regarding President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. RICHARD TRUMKA: “The president’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access […]


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