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UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Supreme Court deals big setback to labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Walmart acknowledges labor violations, permits union logos

Walmart has settled a long-running battle with labor activists over the punishment of workers who claimed they were mistreated by managers for supporting efforts to organize by wearing union insignia.


Woman goes into labor as officer was about to arrest her

Washington authorities say a pregnant woman went into labor as an officer was attempting to arrest her on suspicion of using drugs.


100 years ago in Coeur d’Alene: Wobbly found guilty of ‘criminal syndicalism’

A jury in Coeur d’Alene deliberated for only an hour and a half before finding W.M. Nelson guilty of “criminal syndicalism.” Nelson was the former secretary of the Industrial Workers …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies announce move of Lumberworkers headquarters to Chicago

Washington Gov. Ernest Lister was in Spokane to deal with several important matters, including the “labor situation.” The Spokane Daily Chronicle speculated that he was preparing to deal with volatile …


New law would get rid of written authorization for union dues and fees in Washington

Employers hiring under a collective bargaining agreement won’t have to ask for written authorization before deducting certain dues or fees from an employee’s salary under a new law signed Friday.


Silver Valley Miners march on one-year anniversary of Lucky Friday Mine strike

Steelworkers and their families took to the streets Saturday to mark what they say is the Idaho Silver Valley’s longest mining strike.


Number of employees leaving jobs increases at fastest pace in 17 years, signaling higher pay

U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Apple supplier used illegal teenage labor to assemble the iPhone X, report says

If you own an iPhone X, there is a chance your prized smartphone was built from forced labor of Chinese high school students.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

Hecla reports lower 3Q earnings amid ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine

An ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine affected Hecla Mining Co.’s third quarter earnings.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Strikes, work stoppages in Washington fields indicative of changing agriculture labor environment

Their six-day strike was one of several across Washington state during a turbulent year for labor relations in one of the country’s largest agricultural states. Those strikes highlight some of …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Lucky Friday’s silver production falls by 90 percent during 3Q

Even though the union workers at the Lucky Friday Mine are on strike, the mine is still producing a limited amount of silver.


100 years ago in Spokane: Paper declares Wobblies ‘sedition’ at an end

The Spokane Daily Chronicle declared that the “days of I.W.W. (Wobbly) anarchy” were ended.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Lumberettes’ fill wartime labor gap

About 30 “lumberettes” – women lumber workers – went on duty at Spokane’s White Pine Sash Company.


Hurricane Harvey spikes U.S. jobless aid applications to 298,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits soared last week by the most in nearly five years, driven by Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and Louisiana.


Labor day retrospective: Spokane’s labor roots run deep

Spokane, for much of its history, has been a labor town.


100 years ago in Spokane: Unions celebrate Labor Day with elaborate floats in parade

More than 1,500 union men marched through the streets of Spokane in celebration of Labor Day. “Numerically, it was one of the most impressive demonstrations that the labor unions of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies arrested after rail car fracas on Great Northern train

About 27 Wobblies were arrested by Fort George Wright military authorities after they allegedly fomented a “riot” on the Great Northern passenger train between Troy, Mont., and Spokane. The men …


State’s maritime labor on course toward retirement cliff

The marine workforce in Washington state – which includes sailors, engineers, captains and other workers on everything from tugboats to shipping vessels – is headed for a mass retirement.


With labor shortage, Idaho inmates learn farm work

Matthew Davidson could patch roads or do janitorial work during his time at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, but he’s decided to harvest fruit instead.


100 years ago in Pasco: Police detain men in rail yards during strikes

Soldiers raided the Pasco rail yards and detained 30 men, including three described as “slackers” (draft evaders) and three described as “alien enemies.” The others were carrying Industrial Workers of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper says Germans among Wobblies held for tribunals

The Spokesman-Review fanned the flames of anti-Wobbly suspicion with a front page story hinting that Germans were among the 27 men rounded up at the Industrial Workers of the World …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

100 years ago in Montana: Arson suspected in loss of 23 Great Northern Railway freight cars

The Great Northern Railway lost 23 freight cars to arson in one day, and authorities suspected that it might be the work of the Wobblies. The fires broke out simultaneously …


100 years ago in Spokane: Popular actor Tyrone Power plans to build movie studio

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that Tyrone Power, one of the country’s leading movie actors, was proceeding with plans to establish a movie studio in Spokane. The Washington Motion Picture …


100 years ago in Butte, Montana: Wobbly lynched by masked mob

The anti-Wobbly sentiment in the Northwest took a murderous turn. Frank Little, an official of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), was kidnapped from his Butte boarding house by …


100 years ago in Ellensburg: Wobblies riot at internment camp

Feelings continued to run high against the Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World). An Ellensburg correspondent reported that 30 Wobblies “started rioting” at an internment camp where …


100 years ago in Spokane: North Idaho towns organize boycott of Spokane goods in response to Wobblies

The alarm over the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) reached a new high. The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that Idaho towns were prepared to punish Spokane businesses for Spokane’s …


100 years ago in Spokane: Businessman beaten after he plows car through crowd of Wobblies

Police briefly feared that the long-rumored Wobbly uprising was taking place on the streets of Spokane. It turned out to be nothing that momentous – but it was dangerous enough. …


100 years ago in North Idaho: Bomb under bed sends man through roof of store

Joe Blalock was asleep in his small store in Cornwall, Idaho, near Moscow, when an explosion catapulted him all the way through the roof. Blalock was badly injured and was …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor stresses that Wobblies have free speech rights

Mayor C.A. Fleming was not inclined to stir up trouble with the Wobblies in Spokane, despite a widespread fear that the members of the Industrial Workers of the World were …