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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.

Sleazy campaigns, Boeing breaks, GOP plans…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014   ELECTION   EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometime this morning, The News Tribune removed the following editorial from its website. We have inquired as to why. UPDATE: The News Tribune says this editorial — intended for Friday’s edition — was posted online inadvertently and “still needed some editing.” The new version should be […]

Initiative 1351: A mandate for our schools, our kids, our future

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By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 23, 2014) — It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voters’ pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for the candidates and issues which we support. One of […]

Boeing profits on automatic, yes on 1351, Gonzaga union…

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014   BOEING   ► From AP — Passenger jets push Boeing’s profit up 18 percent — Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. The company is increasing its production […]

Find your ballot, fill it out, and mail it in!

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OLYMPIA (Oct. 22, 2015) — Voter turnout for the Aug. 5 primary election was abysmal in Washington state and was historically low nationwide. Fewer than one in three registered voters in our state bothered filling out and mailing in their ballots, and in some states (Nevada and Iowa) fewer than one in 10 registered voters […]

WSLC seeks Legislative Intern for 2015 session

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OLYMPIA (Oct. 22, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization which represents some 400,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting internship opportunity in Olympia during the 2015 legislative session. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 1. Here is the job posting: Legislative Intern The […]

Dave Myers: ‘A leader who walks and talks labor solidarity’

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By JEFF JOHNSON (Oct. 21, 2014) — I want to take a moment and thank a young, forward-thinking labor leader who walks and talks labor solidarity. Dave Myers has left the position of Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and has accepted a position as an International Representative for […]

Gridlock’s cost, ‘please stop breaking the law,’ who needs you…

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Study: Invest $7 billion in state transport needs, $42 billion in benefits will come to state — The payback from state transportation investments will yield a sixfold payback: $42 billion in economic benefits from $7 billion invested. That’s a key […]

Show your support for Philadelphia teachers

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PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 21, 2014) — In 2013, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC), a statewide committee whose members are appointed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, unilaterally laid off 3,800 employees, including teachers, counselors and other support staff to deal with the school district’s budget crisis. This year, with more cuts looming, the Philadelphia Federation of […]

Jobs to be had, funky voters, why pensions go risky…

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Monday, October 20, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the Spokesman-Review — Avista sees range of job openings over next five to 10 years — Avista employees shared their stories with local job counselors this week, with the goal of encouraging others to consider careers in the energy industry. Utilities across the country are bracing for high […]

IEC Apprenticeship’s shutdown is a victory for tradeswomen

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By NICOLE GRANT (Oct. 20, 2014) — Picture a construction worker and you likely imagine a strong, square-jawed man in a hard hat and Carhartts. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong. Less than 3% of all construction workers nationwide are women. This is a tragedy because construction offers some of the best jobs there are in terms […]

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