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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.

Ducking you, considering Acosta, RTW fails…

Friday, February 17, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Washington’s GOP members of Congress under pressure to stop ducking town halls — Despite a campaign by some constituents, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is refusing to attend any in-person town halls. It’s part of a trend of some Republican members of […]

Stand up, be heard at actions next week

Rally in Olympia on Monday, outside GOP offices the rest of the week   (Feb. 17, 2017) — Were you energized by the post-inauguration Women’s Marches? Are you fired up about what’s happening in Olympia and Washington, D.C.? Do you want to add your voice to the thousands who are demonstrating in SUPPORT of public […]

Puzder withdraws; ‘great news’ for workers, says Trumka

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2017) — Fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder announced Wednesday that he will withdraw from consideration for Labor Secretary, a move immediately hailed by the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as “great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing.” Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, […]

GOP snowflakes, Boeing blitz, Braun busted, Puzder threats…

Wednesday, February 15, 2017   TODAY’S MUST-READ   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Cathy McMorris Rodgers and GOP ‘snowflakes’ shouldn’t confuse dissent with violence (by Shawn Vestal) — As Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and others in Congress duck and swerve to avoid the intense opposition to their Faustian bargain with the president, they are making […]

McDermott workshop March 2 in Bellingham to benefit FUJ

BELLINGHAM — All union members, community supporters and the general public are invited to “Making the American Dream Real for Everyone,” a free interactive workshop presented by Mark McDermott, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Western Washington University’s Academic West Facility 204 in Bellingham. This event is free, but it is also […]

Document Women’s Marches by donating photos, video, signs

SEATTLE (Feb. 15, 2017) — The UW Libraries Special Collections is documenting and collecting items from the Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s / Womxn’s Marches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia areas. They are interested in your: ► Photographs and video of signs and crowd scenes. High-resolution files from DSLR cameras are […]

Dept. of Corrections employees: Invest in our, your safety

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: OLYMPIA (Feb. 15, 2017) — More than 200 Teamsters working for the Department of Corrections, along with their families and supporters, converged on the State Capitol in Olympia on Tuesday with a simple message for lawmakers: It’s time to invest in the men and women who put their […]

No ACA answers, reject Puzder, nothing to see here…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017   AFFORDABLE CARE ACT   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Demonstrators target Trump and defend health care law outside McMorris Rodgers’ office — About 100 protesters carried signs, many of them naming Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers or Trump, chanted for the congresswoman to hold a town hall meeting in the district. […]

Advice from new unionists: Don’t believe anti-union consultants!

One year after organizing with IAM, Cadence workers say threats were hollow   The following is from Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and was posted on their Machinists News blog: EVERETT (Feb. 14, 2017) — After one year of membership in the Machinists Union, union stewards at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens have this advice for workers at […]

Credit mass resistance, not Judge Robart, for lifting travel ban

By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Feb. 14, 2017) — When I first heard the good news on February 3 that U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart had slapped a restraining order on Trump’s travel ban, I texted a labor attorney friend: “Goodness—Judge Robart! Am I obliged to like him now?” You see, while millions of people […]


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