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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.

Seattle Protects Women, ‘delinquent’ Boeing, Hillary makes history…


Wednesday, July 27, 2016   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Panic buttons, health insurance for Seattle hotel workers up for vote in fall — Seattle voters will decide whether hotel workers such as housekeepers should be guaranteed panic buttons, help with health insurance and other benefits under city law. The City Council […]

VOTE and support labor-endorsed justices


Stop politicization of the courts by supporting Yu, Madsen, Wiggins   (July 27, 2016) — If you care about the politicization of Washington state’s highest court, find your Primary Election ballot, fill it out and send it in! Rather than focusing on improving school funding, some right-wing state legislators are actively campaigning to unseat Supreme […]

WSNA rallies Yakima, Michelle Obama rules, whither Hostess…


Tuesday, July 26, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Yakima Regional nurses rally against corporate owner — Nurses from Yakima Regional Medical rallied Monday to engage with the community prior to heading back into contract negotiations this week. More than 100 turned out for the free barbecue at Milroy Park, where […]

Sign up for Meeting of the Minds workers’ comp forum Oct. 6-7


OLYMPIA (July 26, 2016) — Every two years, union members and others interested in Washington’s workers’ compensation system gather to hear from expert speakers and presenters about the changes and policy issues affecting the safety net for injured workers. This year’s conference isn’t until October, but registration is now open and seats are already being […]

We’ll decide, Kaine’s heart, look who’s still #1, jailing the poor…


Monday, July 25, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Statewide minimum wage measure qualifies for November ballot — Washington voters in November will will decide whether to raise the minimum wage and require businesses to guarantee paid sick leave for many employees. The Washington Secretary of State’s office on […]

VOTE and support key statewide candidates

(July 25, 2016) — Don’t wait! Find it, fill it out, and send it in. Voters in Washington state have received their Primary Election ballots and if recent elections, and early return rates are any indication, the percentage of people that will bother voting between now and Aug. 2 will be shamefully low. But the […]

Join RNs at community rally for health care Monday in Yakima


YAKIMA — All union members and community supporters in the Yakima Valley are invited to attend “Caring for Our Community: Rally for Health Care” hosted by the RNs at Yakima Regional Medical Center and the Washington State Nurses Association. It will be Monday, July 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Milroy Park, 1520 W. […]

It’s official: Initiative 1433 easily qualifies for this fall’s ballot


OLYMPIA (July 22, 2016) — Today the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced that volunteers with Raise Up Washington turned in enough valid signatures that “easily exceeded” the number required to qualify. Initiative 1433 will raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 over four years and give all Washington workers the opportunity to earn paid […]

Sacred Heart deal, Hanford protection, Trump’s fear and force…


Friday, July 22, 2016   LOCAL   ► In the Wenatchee World — AFL-CIO leader Trumka stirs state union members here (subscription req’d) — Richard Trumka, the president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, brought union members to their feet here Wednesday, rallying them to continue fighting for policies that will create better wages and […]

Trumka to Washington’s unions: Keep leading the way


WENATCHEE (July 20, 2016) — The leader of America’s labor movement delivered a clear message Wednesday to union members in Washington state: Keep doing what you’re doing. “Keep leading the way. Keep blazing a trail forward,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told hundreds of union members from across the state at the Washington State Labor Council […]




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