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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.

The Janus case: What it is, who’s behind it

The following article by Don McIntosh appears in the Northwest Labor Press: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Less than two weeks from now — Feb. 26 — the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the most significant labor law case in decades. In Janus v. AFSCME, a lawyer for an anti-union group will argue that requiring union-represented […]

Some schools win | Tax cuts > radiation leaks | Trump targets tips | Putin tweets

♥ VALENTINE’S DAY ♥ Wednesday, February 14, 2018   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Voters approve most King County school levies in Tuesday’s early returns — Of the 29 levy measures, 22 were passing, while two of the three bond measures were passing. In King County, 16 school districts asked voters to approve levy […]

KUOW public radio staff elects to join SAG-AFTRA

The following is from SAG-AFTRA: SEATTLE (Feb. 14, 2018) — On Tuesday, staff at KUOW-FM 94.9, a National Public Radio member station in Seattle, overwhelmingly elected to join SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 members including radio and TV broadcasters and journalists across the country. The new bargaining unit will cover the public media professionals who create […]

Support your schools | Trump’s nasty budget | Flu killing 4,000 a week

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOLS   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Support your schools and more; get your ballot in (editorial) — A fair number of voters have yet to turn in their ballots in today’s special election for school and other districts. Stated plainly: Please, get your ballots in. Mail […]

As court hears Janus on Feb. 26, join Union Strong rally in Seattle

SEATTLE — On Monday, Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Janus v. AFSCME, a case that aims to take away the freedom of public employees to join together in strong, all-in unions. That day, and on the preceding weekend, union members across the nation will be demonstrating their solidarity in the […]

School bus drivers WIN! | Showdown over Dreamers | Janus could backfire

Monday, February 12, 2018   LOCAL   ► From Teamsters Local 174 — School bus drivers ratify new agreement that ends 9-day strike — The new agreement is an overwhelming victory for the group of more than 400 bus drivers. Most of them did not receive healthcare through their employer and did not have access to a […]

50 years later, a new Poor People’s Campaign

With more in poverty now than in 1968, rejoin the struggle for economic justice   (Feb. 12, 2018) — Today, University of Washington-Tacoma professor and labor historian Michael Honey will be video conferencing into a gathering at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Afterwards, marchers will go from there to retrace steps of the Memphis […]

Senator delivers powerful defense of unions in floor speech

OLYMPIA (Feb. 12, 2018) — Last week, there was a heated debate in the Washington State Senate over legislation that pitted the interests of in-home health care providers, their union, and the state agency that oversees those critical services versus an anti-union think tank on a self-declared mission to “defund and discredit” unions for political reasons. […]

First Student school bus strike in Seattle is OVER

BREAKING NEWS (3:25 p.m., Feb. 9, 2018) — The following was just posted by Teamsters Local 174: After meeting with a federal mediator, Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks and First Student Senior Director Kim Mingo released the following statement regarding transportation for Seattle Public Schools: “We are pleased to announce that First Student and Teamsters […]

Strike continues | Dino still Dino | fiscal flip-flop | Beatles > Stones

Friday, February 9, 2018   LOCAL   ► From KUOW — Seattle Public School bus driver union to meet with First Student — One week into the Seattle Public School bus driver strike, the two sides may be edging closer to a resolution. Yellow school bus contractor First Student will enter into mediation with Teamsters Local 174 representing […]


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