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.

COVID-19 lesson: The free market failed us

For this crisis and the next, we must manage our future better than our past   By STAN SORSCHER (April 6, 2020) — The pandemic has dominated our minds for weeks. Each day, new important lessons are drawn into the spotlight, demanding attention. ●  We needed much better testing. ●  We should have comprehensive health […]

Silence kills ● Boeing extends shutdown ● State budget cuts

Monday, April 6, 2020   LOCAL   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, April 6 — Washington state appears to be flattening its “curve” — the impact on the hospital system at any one time — according to the latest analysis from UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Its […]

WSLC’s April Sims outlines help available for state’s workers

TACOMA (April 6, 2020) — April Sims, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, hosted a Facebook Live event Friday to explain what federal and state assistance is available to Washington’s working families amid the coronavirus pandemic. She explained the basics of what the federal CARE Act offers, Washington state programs that are […]

Journalism profs blast Fox News as ‘a danger to public health’

NEW YORK CITY (April 3, 2020) — In a scathing open letter, 74 journalism professors have signed an open letter decrying Fox News coverage of the coronavirus pandemic as “a danger to public health,” and pleading with the conservative news network to stick to the facts. “Inexcusably, Fox News has violated elementary canons of journalism. […]

Grocery unions save lives ● Stay-home thru May 4 ● Tired of Being Alone

Friday, April 3, 2020   LOCAL   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, April 3 — The state Department of Health confirmed 6,585 COVID-19 cases and 262 deaths in Washington on Thursday evening. The bulk of the cases remain in King County. ► In the Spokesman-Review — Spokane grocery workers […]

Speak up for PPE, because #SilenceKills

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association:   (April 3, 2020) — “As nurses and health care providers, we should not be expected to face this pandemic without proper personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE),” says Adam Halvorsen, a regis­tered nurse in Washington state and WSNA board member. ​“Now is the time to speak up, because […]

Boeing offers buyouts ● Appeal from front lines ● Southern spread

Thursday, April 2, 2020   LOCAL   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, April 2 — The state Department of Health confirmed 5,984 COVID-19 cases and 247 deaths in Washington on Wednesday evening. ► In the Columbian — Fred Meyer, QFC parent company to raise workers’ pay — The temporary […]

Everyday Hero: Craig Milless, Marysville firefighter/medic

MARYSVILLE (April 2, 2020) — Firefighters, medics and other first responders continue to do their jobs keep our communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These everyday heroes are continually exposing themselves to the coronavirus to protect the public. Here’s the story of one such hero, Firefighter/Paramedic Craig Milless, a member of Marysville Fire District/Marysville Professional […]

NLRB reverses course, will resume union elections

AFL-CIO’s Trumka vows to continue to fight ‘the most anti-worker NLRB in America’s history’   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2020) — Amid a national outcry to restore the right of American workers to join together in unions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Labor Relations Board announced Wednesday that it would resume conducting union-representation elections […]

Labor leaders: Pump the brakes on relaxing trucker safety rules

OLYMPIA (April 1, 2020) — Unions representing truckers and other supply chain workers are urging Gov. Jay Inslee to reject industry efforts to relax safety standards amid the coronovirus outbreak, calling it a “sweeping attempt at deregulation” that endangers workers, the public, and the environment. In a March 31 letter to the governor, Teamsters Joint […]


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