Stories tagged: labor
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 6:34 p.m.
New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities – Seattle among them – around the start of the new year, affecting millions of …
Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
With Labor Day here, the movement that created the holiday flexed its muscle in Seattle, where the landscape has been transformed in the last few years by labor-backed measures protecting …
UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:45 p.m.
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 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.
Mon., April 9, 2018, 11:32 a.m.
Washington authorities say a pregnant woman went into labor as an officer was attempting to arrest her on suspicion of using drugs.
Tue., April 3, 2018
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 …
Sun., April 1, 2018
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 …
Fri., March 23, 2018, 4:33 p.m.
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.
Sun., March 18, 2018
Steelworkers and their families took to the streets Saturday to mark what they say is the Idaho Silver Valley’s longest mining strike.
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though the union workers at the Lucky Friday Mine are on strike, the mine is still producing a limited amount of silver.
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
The Spokane Daily Chronicle declared that the “days of I.W.W. (Wobbly) anarchy” were ended.
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017
About 30 “lumberettes” – women lumber workers – went on duty at Spokane’s White Pine Sash Company.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:45 a.m.
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.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 3 a.m.
Spokane, for much of its history, has been a labor town.
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
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 …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
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 …
Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 7 a.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 5:19 a.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
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 …
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
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.
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 …
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
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 …
Sat., July 29, 2017
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 …
Thu., July 27, 2017
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 …
Tue., July 25, 2017
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. …
Tue., July 18, 2017
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 …