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.

‘When unions do well, everybody does well’

Gov. Jay Inslee thanks labor, April Sims inspires at WSLC Convention   (Sept. 25, 2020) — Washington state was recently named by Oxfam America as the best state to work amid the pandemic because of its strong labor and safety standards. At the 2020 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO on Thursday, […]

Breonna Taylor deserved justice ● Trump: Voting is a ‘scam’ ● Freddie Gray. Say his name.

Thursday, September 24, 2020   RACIAL JUSTICE   ► From the Washington Post — Kentucky grand jury declines to file homicide charges in death of Breonna Taylor — A Kentucky grand jury determined Wednesday that two officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor were justified in firing their weapons into her apartment, while another […]

How to survive ‘gut punch’ of 2020? Unions!

Liz Shuler, Larry Brown open WSLC Convention with inspiring calls to action   (Sept. 24, 2020) — Given the multiple crises facing American this year, 2020 has felt like “an absolute gut punch.” But organized labor was meant for difficult times like these, and by joining together with each other to weather these crises and […]

Every day’s a Jonestown ● ACA back in GOP’s crosshairs ● Tyranny of the minority

Wednesday, September 23, 2020   COVID-19   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Sept. 23 — The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 83,193 infections (7-day average of new infections per day: 403) and 2,070 deaths (7-day average of deaths per day: 8) ► From CNN — 200,000 people […]

CDC continues to choose politics over science, worker safety

The agency is ignoring evidence of airborne transmission of the coronavirus as the AFL-CIO continues to demand respirators and stronger protective equipment for high-risk workers.   By REBECCA L. REINDEL and MK FLETCHER WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 23, 2020) — On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally acknowledged airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, […]

Grocery workers, UFCW 21 call on Kroger to end BLM ban

Sign petition urging Fred Meyer, QFC to allow Black Lives Matter buttons at work   The following is from UFCW 21: SEATTLE (Sept. 23, 2020) — Puget Sound-area retail and grocery store workers, with the full backing of their union (UFCW 21), launched a campaign on Tuesday calling on Kroger-owned Fred Meyer and QFC to […]

787 SC-bound? ● Racism rife at KCC ● Hotel workers’ hardship

Tuesday, September 22, 2020   COVID-19   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Sept. 22 — The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 82,848 infections (7-day average of new infections per day: 408) and 2,055 deaths (7-day average of deaths per day: 8) ► From the Spokesman-Review — With […]

State’s labor movement convenes this week

AFL-CIO’s Liz Shuler to deliver keynote as WSLC Convention begins Wednesday. But pre-convention workshops begin Tuesday night.   (Sept. 22, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will be conducting its 2020 Constitutional Convention via the Zoom video conference starting Wednesday, but the action begins Tuesday night with pre-convention workshops. The theme of this […]

Unions save lives ● Be visible, be counted ● Our shameless Senate

Monday, September 21, 2020   COVID-19   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Sept. 21 — The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 82,548 infections (7-day average of new infections per day: 409) and 2,037 deaths (7-day average of deaths per day: 6) ► From the Seattle Times — […]

Boeing cuts flight training pilots, will outsource jobs overseas

SPEEA’s Goforth: “I cannot believe Boeing chose this moment to fire their highly experienced training pilots and outsource their work to contractors they don’t even control.”   The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA/IFPTE 2001): SEATTLE (Sept. 21, 2020) – On Friday Sept. 18, The Boeing Company delivered layoff […]

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