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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.

Jay eyes White House ● UAW fights back ● Brandi hits big time

Friday, December 7, 2018   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Inslee’s new PAC raises $112,000 as he ‘actively’ considers presidential run — A long shot? Inslee pointed to the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush, noting that two former presidents in the front pew, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, were once “pretty […]

Congratulations, Larry and April; and thank you, Lynne Dodson

By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 7, 2018) — I want to congratulate Larry Brown and April Sims on their election to the offices of President and Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. They take the reins of leadership at a time when the WSLC is stronger than it has been in decades, known […]

Brown and Sims are elected to lead WSLC

SEATTLE (Dec. 6, 2018) — Larry Brown, Legislative and Political Director of Machinists (IAM) District Council 751, has been elected President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, in results tallied, certified and announced Thursday by the WSLC Election Board. Brown narrowly defeated Lynne Dodson, the current WSLC Secretary Treasurer, by a 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent […]

UW town hall tonight ● Doug’ll keep dining ● ALEC takes aim

Thursday, December 6, 2018   LOCAL   ► From Public News Service — Laid-off UW laundry workers to hold town hall meeting tonight — University of Washington laundry service workers who will be laid off next year are holding a town hall meeting on campus Thursday starting at 6 p.m. at Savery Hall. UW Medicine Consolidated Laundry employees are […]

Postal union leaders decry report calling for service cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 6, 2018) — This week, the Trump administration’s task force on the U.S. Postal Service finances released its long-awaited report and recommendations. While it didn’t call for full-scale privatization of the USPS as some had feared, it called for dramatic service cuts, price increases, and failed to address the biggest challenge facing […]

Ballots for WSLC officers’ election to be tallied today

SEATTLE (Dec. 6, 2018) — The Election Board of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO today will tally the ballots returned by WSLC-affiliated unions for the election of officers to lead the state’s largest labor organization, which represents the interests of more than 600 local union organizations and some 450,000 rank-and-file union members. Per the WSLC […]

Union-made hockey ● U.S. Mail NOT for sale ● Dissolving Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — History on hand as Seattle awarded the 32nd NHL franchise for 2021-22 season — An emotional morning for present-day Seattle team owners and a relative of previous ones from a century ago culminated Tuesday with the awarding of the National Hockey League’s 32nd […]

President Jeff Johnson’s legacy is celebrated

By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Dec. 5, 2018) — After 32 years working for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — including the last eight serving as president of the state’s largest union organization — Jeffrey G. Johnson announced last June that he would not be seeking re-election and would retire at the end […]

Opt-out group’s wish list: Pension cuts, layoffs, less benefits

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: OLYMPIA (Dec. 5, 2018) — Behind their “Opt Out Today” smoke screen, the Freedom Foundation is deceiving public employees about their true intentions. Opt Out Today propaganda boasts about liberating workers from unions, using the same tired rhetoric that the billionaire class has been using for decades. […]

Western State attacks ● WA for NMA in 2019! ● Victory at Marriott

Tuesday, December 4, 2018   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From AP — Washington mental hospital sees rise in attacks — Thousands of nurses, mental health technicians and security guards have been punched, kicked, knocked unconscious, and bitten during patient assaults that resulted in hospitalizations and time off work in recent years, according to interviews and public records […]


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