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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.

Judicial activism, offshored Walgreen, truck safety…


Tuesday, July 22, 2014   HEALTH CARE   ► This morning from AP — Federal appeals court delivers serious setback to Obama health care law — A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people […]

Teamsters at three grocery warehouses OK contract; Fred Meyer talks continue


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (July 22, 2014) –  Hundreds of Teamsters at three grocery warehouses — Safeway, SuperValu, and Unified Grocers — voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contracts over the weekend. The agreements contain annual wage increases and protections against subcontracting and the rising cost of health care. Voting took place […]

Free trade fail, labor’s mojo, Hall & Hootie…


Friday, July 18, 2014   INTERNATIONAL TRADE   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seoul searching: How KORUS is working out (by Jon Talton) — The South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement went into force in March 2012. So how is America’s first free-trade agreement with a major Asian economy working out? American goods exports to […]

Agenda for WSLC Convention in Wenatchee


WENATCHEE — On Tuesday, July 22, the 2014 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will begin at the Coast Wenatchee Hotel and Convention Center. Click here to learn about some important convention-related activities happened before the convention begins. Following is the tentative agenda (subject to change): MONDAY, JULY 21 5:30 – 8 […]

Getting beyond the usual suspects at your union activities


(July 18, 2014) — Are you one of the usual suspects? You know what I mean — someone who shows up at the union meetings, goes to rallies, participates in lobby days, and when your rep calls, you usually answer the phone, or at least listen to the voicemail. Are you also one of those […]

Raise nixed for lowest-paid federal workers


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2014) –Every Republican member of Congress voted Wednesday to deny federal employees their first minimum wage increase in more than five years. U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Doc Hastings of Washington state joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against an amendment by Rep. Alan Grayson […]

Laying off thousands, closing bridges, stiffing tipped workers…


Thursday, July 17, 2014   STATE ECONOMY   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Microsoft laying off 18,000; 1,351 in Puget Sound area affected — Microsoft announced the biggest layoff in its history Thursday as CEO Satya Nadella said the company will cut 18,000 jobs — about 14 percent of the company’s workforce — over the next year. […]

State should follow Seattle’s lead, increase minimum wage


By JOHN BURBANK (July 17, 2014) — If you are awake at 4 a.m. these days, you will notice the sky is already getting a little light. As you go to sleep at 11 p.m., you can still make out some light in the night sky. We are at the beginning of our summer in […]

State emergency, IAM 751 delivers, against its religion…


Wednesday, July 16, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — State of emergency declared in Yakima County and 19 others — Multiple wildfires are threatening homes, businesses, public property and natural resources in many parts of the state as fire crews face continued severe fire weather conditions. ► In today’s Seattle Times […]

Minimum wage repeal won’t qualify for ballot in Seattle


The following is from Working Washington: SEATTLE (July 16, 2014) — King County Elections has now reviewed well over half of the referendum petitions submitted by Forward Seattle, and their fringe effort to repeal the minimum wage law has come up short. So far, 15,004 of Forward Seattle’s 18,928 petition signatures have been reviewed, and only 11,412 have […]


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