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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.

We’re No. 1 | Tax cuts → shareholders | British beat pirate

Friday, April 20, 2018   LOCAL   ► From Crosscut — Is a strike looming at the University of Washington? — Just under two weeks until their contract is set to expire, academic student employees at the University of Washington plan to wield the threat of strike should negotiations run awry. Beyond the wage questions, the student employees are […]

Workers Memorial Day events planned throughout the state

Each year on Workers Memorial Day, April 28, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew our struggle for safe workplaces. “Workers Memorial Day is a solemn but important time to reflect on the lives lost at worksites throughout Washington state,” said Jeff Johnson, President of […]

UW’s ASEs begin strike vote over sexual harassment issues

The following is from UAW 4121, the union of Academic Student Employees at the University of Washington: SEATTLE (April 20, 2018) — On Monday, more than 100 UW Academic Student Employees packed into contract negotiations with the UW central administration, and determined that it was time to initiate a strike authorization vote among the UAW […]

Wells Fargo greed is killing American jobs

Rally April 24 in Seattle’s Westlake Park to support call center workers   By MICHAEL SCHENDEL and CARISSA HAHN VANCOUVER, Wash. (April 20, 2018) — Last August, Wells Fargo announced the layoffs of more than 70 local workers at their Vancouver call center, giving these employees 60 days to pack their bags and find a […]

Pay $9K to work | I-1631 signatures | Hannity’s desk

Wednesday, April 18, 2018   LOCAL   ► From KUOW — Taxi drivers protest ultimatum at Sea-Tac Airport — Eastside for Hire, a Tukwila-based taxi business with a three-year exclusive contract for airport service, wants to eliminate 85 taxis from its 405-vehicle airport-taxi fleet — and make  remaining drivers pay $9,000 to stay in the fleet. ALSO at The […]

Senate Dems block bill exempting tribal casinos from labor law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) — A bill to deny labor rights to employees of casinos and other enterprises on tribal trust land failed Monday in the U.S. Senate when a package of bills containing the measure fell five votes short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster. Both Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) […]

Eastside for Hire airport taxi drivers protest ‘pay-to-work’

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATAC (April 18, 2018) — More than 200 taxi and flat-rate drivers raised signs of protest at Sea-Tac Airport on Tuesday in a massive effort to stop airport taxi contractor Eastside for Hire from forcing drivers to pay to work. Drivers chanted “stop the pay-to-work scam” and “Eastside […]

Not above the law | Targeting the poor | corporate tax cuts

Monday, April 16, 2018   OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE   ► In the NY Times — The president is not above the law (editorial) — News reports point to a growing possibility that President Trump may act to cripple or shut down an investigation by the nation’s top law-enforcement agencies into his campaign and administration. Lawmakers need […]

Republican effort to slash Social Security program fails

All state Republicans vote for amendment that would have decimated program   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 16, 2018) — When he leaves Congress after this year, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) legacy will be his repeated attempts to cut Social Security and Medicare while providing massive tax handouts to billionaires and corporations. Last week, Washington state’s […]

Project aims help restaurant workers respect gender identity

The following is from LGBTQ Allyship: SEATTLE — On Thursday, April 19, LGBTQ Allyship is kicking-off their Talk Gender to Me project designed to educate and support Seattle restaurant workers to utilize gender considerate language with co-workers, managers, restaurant owners and customers. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is supporting the Talk Gender to Me Kick-Off and Coastal […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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