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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.

Spokane strike support, Eyman loses (again), politics gets personal…


Thursday, May 26, 2016   LOCAL   ► From IAM Eastern WA Facebook page — Spokane labor movement backs Triumph strikers — The Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO has voted to contribute $1,000 to striking Machinists at Triumph Composite Systems. The money will be used to bolster the strike fund at Machinists Union Local Lodge […]

Volunteers needed for I-1433’s home stretch


(May 26, 2016) — Summer’s here, and that means time is running out. With the unofficial beginning of summer this Memorial Day weekend, time is running out on the historic Initiative 1433 signature-gathering campaign to raise Washington state’s minimum wage in four steps to $13.50/hour and to allow all workers to earn paid sick and […]

Celebrate Memorial Day, start summer right: Buy Union!


Memorial Day — this Monday, May 30 — is a day set aside for remembering the people who died while serving in the United States armed forces. This weekend is also the unofficial kickoff to summer and the grilling season. Here are some union-made food and drinks to get your barbecues off to a great […]

State to name Tacoma highway after ILWU leader Phil Lelli


OLYMPIA (May 25, 2016) — A portion of State Route 509 leading into the Port of Tacoma will be named in honor of the late Philip Martin Lelli, longtime President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 in Tacoma and former Port of Tacoma commissioner. During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), […]

Green River rally, our anchor corporations, UW organizing, Dara wins…


Wednesday, May 25, 2016   GREEN RIVER STRIKE   ► From AFT Washington — YOU are invited to End-of-Strike Rally at Green River College — AFT Washington invites union members, community supporters and elected officials to join Green River College faculty for a rally ending their three-day strike and thanking all supporters for the courage, […]

It’s time to fix America’s rigged economy


Following is an open letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 25, 2016) — It’s been more than eight years since Wall Street sent us into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Congress passed some important reforms to rein in Wall Street greed and excess, but we still have a long […]

Tax the regents, Jayapal scores, GOP silence…


Tuesday, May 24, 2016   LOCAL   ► From KPLU — Green River College faculty on strike over proposed cuts — Faculty members at Green River College, which has campuses in Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, are on strike through Wednesday protesting proposed cuts to 11 programs, including criminal justice, French and occupational therapy. In response, […]

Strong strike solidarity for faculty at Green River College


By LYNNE DODSON AUBURN (May 24, 2016) — I will never cross a picket line. Yesterday, hundreds of members of the Green River United Faculty Coalition/AFT Local 2195 started a three-day strike against the retaliatory practices of Green River College President Eileen Ely and Board of Trustee chair Pete Lewis. They are talking a courageous […]

Nonunion elevators raise safety concerns at Swedish job site


By JIM NORRIS SEATTLE (May 24, 2016) — Swedish Medical Center is a unionized hospital and typically all of its construction projects are union built, including the two 17-story towers now being built on Swedish’s main First Hill Campus by Sellen Construction. Scheduled for occupation by the end of 2019, this project is creating hundreds […]

Fast Track fallout, TCH echo chamber, a must-read Must-Read…


Monday, May 23, 2016   2016 ELECTIONS    ► From — Labor pains: Unions refuse to endorse Murray, 3 Democratic House members — The Washington State Labor Council, angry at a pending trade agreement, has denied its endorsement to Sen. Patty Murray and Democratic U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer and Rick Larsen. The […]




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