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Republicans must stop our unfit president

1 week ago
Will Rep. McMorris Rodgers continue to hitch her political wagon to Trump?   EDITORIAL (Oct. 10, 2017) — The Washington Post reports today that President Donald Trump’s aides are scrambling to do damage control from his daily outbursts: “Frustrated by his Cabinet and angered by criticism of his administration’s response to hurricanes, the president has […]
David Groves

Teacher of the year, trickle-down Trump, what the flag stands for

1 week ago
Tuesday, October 10, 2017   NOTE TO READERS: The Entire Staff of The Stand will be on vacation for the remainder of the week. (Union YES!) The next news update will be Tuesday, Oct. 17. LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Spokane educator for refugees and immigrants named Washington state teacher of the year […]
David Groves

ATU wins battle over bus ads rejected by Spokane Transit

1 week ago
The following is from ATU Local 1015: SPOKANE (Oct. 10, 2017) — In a big victory for Spokane Transit Authority (STA) workers, a federal court recently ruled that the transit agency violated the First Amendment rights of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1015 members working for the agency, by refusing to allow the local’s advertisement to […]
David Groves

Mark your calendars for 2018 WSLC events

1 week ago
Are you a union member in Washington state who is interested in getting involved in some of the issues and campaigns you read about at The Stand? Here’s your chance. Mark your calendars for the 2018 events planned by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. The state’s largest labor organization encourages rank-and-file union members to […]
David Groves

Hostage crisis (day 170), DeVos visit, what doesn’t create jobs

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Monday, October 9, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the News Tribune — State capital budget held hostage and Washington schools pay price (by Rep. Beth Doglio) — Schools districts in every corner of the state are struggling without the state funding they need to fix leaky roofs and build new classrooms for 1.1 […]
David Groves

Path to Power: More union members on your ballot this fall

1 week 1 day ago
(Oct. 9, 2019) — Just over a week from now, county auditors will be mailing out ballots for this fall’s general election and The Stand has been highlighting the candidacies of some union members seeking public office. Here are two more of the 15 candidates for office who have participated in Path to Power, a […]
David Groves

Court tees up right-wing assault on unions

1 week 1 day ago
Janus v. AFSCME case intended to strike death blow to labor, progressives   By DAVID GROVES (Oct. 9, 2017) — The U.S. Supreme Court announced last month that it will reconsider whether public sector unions can require workers who receive the benefits of a collective bargaining agreement to pay a fee for services. If the […]
David Groves

UW silence, ACA sabotage, trickle down (on) Trump, Petty cash

1 week 4 days ago
Friday, October 6, 2017   LOCAL   ► From KNKX — UW postdoctoral researchers make move to unionize — Postdoctoral researchers at the University of Washington are taking a step toward unionizing. They’re working with UAW Local 4121, which represents academic student employees at the university. Postdoctoral researchers, also known as postdocs, are people who […]
David Groves

Help our ‘heroine’ Manka get the truth out

1 week 4 days ago
Union member volunteers needed to respond to GOP’s desperate, dirty attacks   KIRKLAND (Oct. 6, 2017) — In this fall’s critical election for State Senate in the 45th Legislative District — which includes Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall and surrounding King County communities — Republicans are desperate to retain the one-vote majority that has enabled them to […]
David Groves

Seattle, other cities can help boost retirement security

1 week 4 days ago
By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 6, 2017) — Over the past four decades, while we as a country have been moving forward on racial justice and gender equality (note: “moving,” not “achieving”), we have also been moving backwards on job security, shared economic growth and family financial well-being. Our kids face a future without the ability […]
David Groves

H-2A + FUJ = muscle, forgetting 9M kids, work ’til you die

2 weeks 1 day ago
Monday, October 2, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Foreign farmworkers’ unusual strike in Central Washington shows new labor muscle — Mexican workers’ strike against Larson Fruit was a rare flexing of bargaining muscle by an increasingly important part of the apple-industry labor force: Foreign guest workers who come to the […]
David Groves

Labor’s own are running for public office

2 weeks 1 day ago
(Oct. 2, 2017) — In recent years, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has partnered with the national AFL-CIO to host Path to Power, a political candidate training program that provides union members and local community activists with the tools and tips to run a successful political campaign. Here are three examples of the 15 […]
David Groves

BTC strike ends, hey Joe, ICE raids, sincerity by Chance

2 weeks 4 days ago
Friday, September 29, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — BTC union ends strike; classes will be held Friday — Students at Bellingham Technical College are headed back to class Friday after a union representing support staff ended a four-day strike. College officials and the Bellingham Educational Support Team — representing classified […]
David Groves

Seattle U., St. Martin’s faculty unite to fight for their rights

2 weeks 4 days ago
The following is from SEIU Local 925: (Sept. 29, 2017) — Contingent, tenured, and tenure-line faculty at Seattle University and Saint Martin’s University announced this week that they will unite and build a strong organization outside the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) process to fight for improvements like fair pay and better working conditions. “While […]
David Groves

Labor’s Emerging Leaders will gather Oct. 13-14 in Seattle

2 weeks 4 days ago
Sign up for conference on “Social Justice Unionism in the Face of Right-to-Work”   By KELLY COOGAN-GEHR SEATTLE (Sept. 29, 2017) — The labor movement and working people have seen their share of challenges over the past several decades: a massive drop in union density, outsourcing, downskilling and deskilling, automation, threats to immigrant rights, and […]
David Groves

DREAMers’ renewals due Oct. 5; scholarships can cover fees

2 weeks 5 days ago
The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (Sept. 28, 2017) — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that Washington state DREAMers will soon have assistance in paying the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Advocates recommend DREAMers mail their applications […]
David Groves

‘Blatantly political’ attack on working people

2 weeks 5 days ago
Public employee unions: Supreme Court’s Janus case will further rig U.S. economy against workers   WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2017) — The following statement was issued Thursday by members and leaders of AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU — the nation’s four largest public sector unions — in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant […]
David Groves

The war on unions, trickle-down Trump, $2-per-hour Audi workers

2 weeks 5 days ago
Thursday, September 28, 2017   THE WAR ON UNIONS   ► From Bloomberg — U.S. Supreme Court to scrutinize mandatory union fees again — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will try for a second time to decide whether 5 million government workers can refuse to pay union fees, accepting a case that could […]
David Groves

Strike ends, but WPAS owners fire 10 strikers; union files ULPs

2 weeks 5 days ago
The following is from Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8: MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Sept. 28, 2017) — OPEIU Local 8 has reached a Tentative Agreement with Welfare and Pension Administration Services, Inc. (WPAS) that was ratified by the strikers this past Monday. Workers won their fight by keeping seniority rights, sick leave benefits, a […]
David Groves

Hundreds urge Providence to invest in care at Everett vigil

2 weeks 5 days ago
The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: EVERETT (Sept. 28, 2017) — Hospice and home health caregivers, frustrated with rushing between vulnerable patients and taking long hours of on-call time, hosted a community candlelight vigil on Wednesday to call on Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish County to invest in care and caregivers. More […]
David Groves
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