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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.

Big win for ATU | Domestic and border abuse | Unions for the common good

Tuesday, June 12, 2018   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — King County Metro paying bus drivers another $8.3 million for time spent on safety checks, paperwork — Bus drivers will receive an additional $8.3 million in back pay to cover three years of routine safety checks and paperwork beyond their usual shift time, […]

Jayapal unveils universal health care bill

State-based plan would allow flexibility for states to create own plans   SEATTLE (June 12, 2018) — U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7th), joined by elected officials and community leaders, unveiled the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018 on Monday. This bill would allow states to develop their own plans to provide access to health […]

WSLC’s Dodson: ‘This is the time for bold action’ on health care

SEATTLE (June 12, 2018) — At Monday’s press conference unveiling Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018, Washington State Labor Council Secretary Treasurer Lynne Dodson delivered the following remarks: Thank you, Representative Jayapal, for your vision, passion for justice, and determination. You ensure everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has a voice and a […]

‘Mothers could not stop crying’ | Boeing’s labor relations | The USSA

Monday, June 11, 2018   NO DECISION on the Janus v. AFSCME case today. However, the Supreme Court announced it will next issue opinions this Thursday morning. So stay tuned… LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Rep. Jayapal meets 174 asylum-seeking women, many separated from children, at SeaTac prison — Hundreds of immigrant-rights activists […]

Social Security expansion ‘fully affordable,’ latest report shows

The following is from Social Security Works: WASHINGTON D.C. (June 11, 2018) — The 2018 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, released last week, shows that protecting and expanding Social Security benefits is fully affordable. This year’s report notes that Social Security has an accumulated […]

Our national shame | Health care sabotage | Ye’s 41

Friday, June 8, 2018   OUR NATIONAL SHAME   ► From KUOW — Immigrant moms torn from kids at border jailed in SeaTac — As many as 209 asylum seekers captured near the U.S.-Mexico border have been transferred to a federal prison in SeaTac — many of them women who had their children taken from them by […]

All workers in Washington state now have equal pay protections

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (June 8, 2016) — Starting Thursday in Washington, employees are legally required to receive equal pay and career advancement opportunities, regardless of gender. The changes are a result of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) and […]

AFL-CIO’s Shuler will keynote 2018 WSLC Convention

Union Strong: Hundreds of delegates will gather July 17-19 in Wenatchee   WENATCHEE (June 8, 2018) — AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will keynote the 2018 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, set for July 17-19 at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel and Convention Center. Hundreds of delegates representing unions across the state will hear from […]

‘A class by itself’ | Providence pickets | Adjuncts + Unions = Gains

Thursday, June 7, 2018   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing’s best option for building next jet is Washington, says state-backed study —  Richard Aboulafia, a respected aerospace-industry analyst and the study’s lead author, said his 42-page report is based on independent, rigorous data measuring factors relevant to aerospace production, including costs, tax structure, skilled- […]

Washington #1 state (by far) to build new Boeing jet, study says

SEATTLE (June 7, 2018) — Washington state is the best location in the U.S. to design, manufacture and ensure a successful launch of Boeing’s next airplane, according to a new state-by-state study. And it wasn’t even close. The study used 41 common metrics to produce the most comprehensive, data-driven aerospace competitiveness study ever done. It was […]


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