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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.

Dirty or merely ‘unconventional’? ● Restoring OT pay ● Eyman in 2020

Monday, October 22, 2018   ELECTION   ► In the Seattle Times — Conservative political group mailer called ‘blatant voter suppression’ by Democratic leaders — The campaign mailers recently sent out in at least two Washington’s state legislative districts look like a pitch to Democratic voters to elect a progressive candidate. But they come from a conservative […]

Apply now to join WSLC team as receptionist/special projects staff

SEATTLE (Oct. 22, 2018) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is looking for a full-time receptionist/special projects support staff for its Seattle office. The WSLC is the largest union organization in the state, representing the interests of more than 600 local union organizations with more than 450,000 rank-and-file members. Applicants for the receptionist/special projects […]

‘This is dirty politics at its absolute lowest’

State Republican operatives target female Democratic challengers with fake union postcards in effort to protect GOP incumbents    OLYMPIA (Oct. 20, 2018) — As voters received their election ballots this week, state Republican Party operatives have sent union members and progressive voters fake election postcards in key Washington state legislative races that urge voters to […]

Got ballot? ● Amazon’s HQ2 revealed ● I Predict a Riot

Friday, October 19, 2018   ELECTION   ► From McClatchy — Labor union launches its biggest-ever digital ad campaign — A major national union is launching its largest-ever digital advertising campaign less than three weeks before Election Day, hoping to provide a last-minute assist to more than two dozen labor-backed candidates. The effort from the AFL-CIO […]

New NAFTA is the beginning of the end for ‘free trade’

The ‘USMCA’ deal steps away from the failed globalization model, and begins to recognize our national interests. But we can do better.   By STAN SORSCHER (Oct. 19, 2018) —  The United States, Mexico, and Canada just renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At a high level, the new deal underscores the political […]

Horning Brothers to pay $525K in workers’ sexual harassment case

The following is from the Northwest Justice Project: WENATCHEE (Oct. 19, 2018) — Horning Brothers, LLC, an agricultural business in Quincy, will pay $525,000 to settle claims of sexual harassment after 10 of its female employees were harassed by the company’s foreman. Horning Brothers also agreed to distribute a sexual harassment policy in English and […]

Time to vote! ● We are the worst ● Cathy’s shame ● More militancy

Thursday, October 18, 2018   ELECTION   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Ballots hit mailboxes this week. Postage is prepaid. ► In the (Everett) Herald — Time to vote: Ballots are in the mail (editorial) — Ballots for the Nov. 6 election will be mailed Thursday. EDITOR’S NOTE — Union members and their families should check out […]

Time is running out; we must act to save our planet, ourselves

We must go all-in on clean energy to save our environment, our economy, our jobs — and our lives.   By JEFF JOHNSON “It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now…” — Debra Roberts, co-chair of the United Nations […]

WSLC seeks Legislative Intern in Olympia for the 2019 session

OLYMPIA (Oct. 18, 2018) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization which represents some 450,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting internship opportunity in Olympia during the 2019 legislative session. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. Here is the job posting: Legislative Intern The […]

UNITE HERE, Seattle Westin (Marriott) reach tentative deal

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (Oct. 16, 2018) — After months of negotiations, including a 19-hour final bargaining session concluding just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning, UNITE HERE Local 8 members at the Westin Seattle have reached a tentative agreement with Marriott, averting a possible strike. Settlement came after major actions […]


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