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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.

Tacoma invests, TPP paper, teen truckers…


Tuesday, November 24, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — By 22 votes, property and utility tax passes to improve Tacoma roads — For the first time in 47 years, Tacoma voters have approved spending more public money to fix city streets. Barring the unexpected, Pierce County officials will certify the passage […]

Murdock Trust urged to stop funding extremist groups


VANCOUVER, Wash. (Nov. 24, 2015) — Community members rallied last week outside the MJ Murdock Executive Plaza building, calling on the Murdock Charitable Trust to immediately end all funding for organizations that actively promote discrimination and stand at odds with the Trust’s stated mission of “enriching the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest.” “While […]

Wealthy elite aim to silence working people via Friedrichs


By J. DAVID COX (Nov. 24, 2015) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments soon in a case that could undermine the rights of working people to negotiate collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Every working person should care about this case, even if it doesn’t personally affect you. This legal battle is […]

Still seeking accountability, TPP not about trade, mother of inversions…


Monday, November 23, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the (Everett) Herald — Workers say Boeing tax breaks should come with jobs — Machinists and aerospace engineers hiked the halls of Olympia on Friday, asking lawmakers to scale back a lucrative tax break for the Boeing Co. if it continues moving jobs to other […]

Green River College faculty, staff steps up the pressure


Faculty, staff vote ‘no confidence’ in college board, seek new trustees   AUBURN (Nov. 23, 2015) — Union members who work at Green River College last week stepped up their campaign to end the hostile working environment and express their lack of confidence in the community college administration. They decried “a low and grinding morale […]

Why we have no confidence in Green River College’s trustees


Following is the Faculty Report delivering the vote of no confidence in the Green River College Board of Trustees at its Nov. 18 meeting. By JAENEY HOENE I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the history of community colleges in the United States. The first one was created in 1901, but the […]

In Olympia, aerospace workers seek tax break accountability


The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE 2001: OLYMPIA (Nov. 23, 2015) — Nearly 200 current and former aerospace workers came to the Washington state capitol Friday to urge legislators to take steps to ensure the nation’s largest corporate tax break meets its original intent to “maintain and grow […]

Alcoa slashes jobs, fear and loathing, Mike D’s 50…


Friday, November 20, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Alcoa files layoff notice for 880 workers in Ferndale, Wenatchee — Alcoa has filed a state notice for its Ferndale and Wenatchee aluminum smelters, starting the clock on when layoffs could begin. The company warns it could lay off 465 employees at […]

Bipartisan support for labor in Friedrichs case


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2015) — The top attorneys for 22 states and the District of Columbia, including Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have filed a “friend-of-the-court” amicus brief supporting unions in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association. This case, pushed to the U.S. Supreme Court by right-wing billionaires intent on manipulating the economic […]

Walmart workers are hungry for action this Black Friday


(Nov. 20, 2015) — For years, people across Washington state have stood with Walmart workers in their struggle for respect from the largest employer in America. Walmart employees are paid such low wages that many have to skip meals, make sacrifices so that their children can eat, and go to work hungry. Meanwhile, Walmart workers […]


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