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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.

A union is born, no time left in Olympia, TrumpCut in peril

Tuesday, June 27, 2017   LOCAL   ► From David Bacon — A new farm worker union is born — The signing of the contract with Sakuma Brothers Farms was a quiet end to four years of strikes and boycotts, in which these workers had organized the first new farm-worker union in the United States […]

Urge bank to cut ties to anti-union group

Take action Wednesday at noon outside Columbia Bank’s Tacoma HQ   TACOMA — The Washington-based Freedom Foundation, a right-wing tax exempt organization with the mission of defunding and destroying unions, refuses to disclose its donors. But over the years, it has leaked out that the group’s biggest funders are national foundations set up by Republican […]

Travel ban’s back, 5 days to go, dueling wage studies

Monday, June 26, 2017   MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN   ► BREAKING from AP — Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban, will hear arguments — The Supreme Court is letting the administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower-court orders. The action Monday is a victory for President Donald […]

Rally Tuesday to tell Amazon: Pay fair share, stop shutdown

SEATTLE — There are just five days left for the Washington State Legislature to agree on the 2017-19 budget before much of the state government shuts down on July 1. This extended political stare-down is costing precious taxpayer dollars and also costing tens of thousands of families of public employees their piece of mind as […]

Stop the shutdown, rich get richer / poor get dead, our fake democracy, KT+KT+KT

Friday, June 23, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From Teamsters 117 — Teamster Jessica Poston speaks out at a rally for state workers — Teamster Jessica Poston, a counselor at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, joined several other state employees who spoke at a rally at the Western State Hospital in Lakewood against […]

People to Senate Republicans: Stop the state shutdown!

UPDATE (June 26, 2017) — There’s STILL no budget deal with just 5 days until the state shutdown. Call 1-800-562-6000 and leave a message for your State Senator to STOP THE SHUTDOWN and pass a budget! The following is from the All In for Action coalition, which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and […]

3OT in Olympia, voila in D.C., sky aloft in Seattle

Thursday, June 22, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► KOMO News — Third overtime session begins with shutdown looming — The second special session ended with no agreement and lawmakers immediately went into a third overtime session with June 30 as the deadline. The governor is asking majority Republicans in the Senate to come to […]

Cold-hearted GOP health care legislation calls for veto threat

For Trump to keep his promises, he must force GOP to make it less ‘mean’   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) — Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last week. He correctly called the measure that would strip health insurance […]

Countdown to shutdown, we told you so, prelude to the cave

Wednesday, June 21, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — With state budget impasse, countdown to shutdown is on — An exchange between the chief House and Senate budget writers Tuesday doesn’t bode well for those counting on lawmakers to strike a deal in time to prevent the first-ever shut down […]

Boeing bidding, Senate plans its bum-rush, trading places, if liberals voted

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Paris Air Show: Boeing stacks up more MAX 10 orders and offers detail on ‘797’ — Boeing said that the fuselage of its proposed next new airplane will be made from carbon fiber composite… Boeing has never built a composite fuselage in […]


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