The Stand
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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.

Momentum builds for Alliance’s climate change campaign

Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy: More volunteers and events, new website   (Sept. 12, 2017) — The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy has recruited hundreds of Climate Action Stewards throughout the state to participate in its campaign and just launched a new website describing what’s happening and how to get involved. The Alliance […]

Still responding, prosperity bomb, charter failure

Monday, September 11, 2017   ► Sixteen years ago this morning, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States. Many of those killed were public employees, our nation’s first responders. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United […]

Aviation safety must remain a public service

Air-traffic privatization push hits turbulence in Congress—with good reason   By MONIKA WARNER (Sept. 11, 2017) — Message to the airlines: you can’t have it all. Control of the skies and aviation safety is a public service. Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, its equipment, and the jobs of more than 30,000 workers […]

Sept. 19 forum on NAFTA with Rep. Smith has been postponed

UPDATE (Sept. 11, 2017) — From the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: “We regret to inform you that we will be postponing our hearing with Representative Smith on immigration, workers, and NAFTA, due to scheduling and logistical problems. We are disappointed that we weren’t able to pull together all the pieces to take advantage of this […]

Hospital health, knowing a damn thing, bigot bros, Becker’s Blues

Friday, September 8, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Virginia Mason Memorial hospital workers protest new health care plan — “Affordable care is under attack! What do we do?” “Stand up, fight back!” More than 60 employees and supporters joined a picket line outside Virginia Mason Memorial hospital Thursday afternoon, chanting […]

Hertz, Thrifty to pay $2 million in back pay at SeaTac, L&I says

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: TUMWATER (Sept. 8, 2017) — An agreement between the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), Hertz and Thrifty over back pay owed under SeaTac’s minimum wage law will mean checks for thousands of dollars for numerous workers at the car rental […]

Local Republicans attack prevailing wage standards

Herrera Beutler, McMorris Rodgers vote to repeal construction wage standards   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 8, 2017) — As the U.S. House of Representatives has been voting this week on appropriations bills to keep the federal government running, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been attempting to amend every piece of legislation to undo Davis-Bacon protections that […]

Dave’s departure, America’s burden, Burien’s nativists

Thursday, September 7, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s retirement plans put his 8th District seat up for grabs — Rep. Dave Reichert’s decision to retire from Congress has immediately shifted Washington’s 8th District into one of the most competitive races of the 2018 midterms, according […]

Don’t repeat mistakes of Katrina, Sandy

Congress must fully fund rebuilding Houston, maintain labor standards   By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 7, 2017) — As flood waters begin to slowly recede from Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas, rebuilding neighborhoods and communities will take a long time and cost a lot of money. Relief and reconstruction efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey are […]

Join UFCW 21 at rally Friday to save Bremerton’s hospital

BREMERTON — UFCW 21, the union that represents health care workers at Harrison Medical Center (HMC) in Kitsap County is encouraging all union members and community supporters to attend a rally and hearing this Friday, Sept. 8 at the Bremerton School District Office, 134 Marion Ave N., to stand together for quality health care in […]


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