Stories tagged: labor
Wed., July 12, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: 21 nurses volunteer to serve on World War I battlefields in France
A total of 21 Spokane nurses signed up for service on the battlefields of France. They were to be part of a hospital unit organized by Dr. S.E. Lambert.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
U.S. job openings slipped in May, but hiring increased
U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in May. But hiring picked up and more people are quitting their jobs – both positive signs for the economy.
Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
State Department reprimands China over sex trafficking and forced labor
The State Department on Tuesday listed China as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor, a downgraded designation that could nettle Beijing as …
Tue., June 27, 2017
Samuelson: Labor trends may benefit both sides
The beauty of the present moment is that what workers want and what companies need are converging.
Tue., June 20, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
28,000 exotic dancers to share $6.5 million wage settlement
A federal judge has approved a $6.5 million settlement in a wage dispute involving 28,000 current or former exotic dancers at a chain of clubs operating in 18 states.
Fri., June 16, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Hiring up in 9 states, jobless rate at record low in Washington, 3 other states
Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows.
Sat., June 10, 2017
100 years ago in near Butte, Montana: Nearly 200 feared dead in Speculator Mine fire
The shocking news of the day came from across the mountains: 193 miners were feared dead after a fire in the Speculator Mine near Butte, Mont. This “appalling calamity” was …
Tue., June 6, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split
Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.
Sun., June 4, 2017, 4:36 p.m.
Montana worker shortage starts to pinch state’s employers
When Denice Harris started working at AAA, she had to wear nylons and men were required to wear ties. Now struggling to recruit employees, AAA is doing everything from allowing …
Sun., June 4, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Crews recover body of 3rd worker from Wisconsin mill rubble
Crews have recovered the body of a third worker from the rubble of a corn mill that exploded in southern Wisconsin.
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 8:46 p.m.
U.S. employers add modest 138K jobs; unemployment rate dips to 4.3 percent
U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs. Hiring was still enough to help keep pushing unemployment lower.
Thu., June 1, 2017, 5 a.m.
Women in construction: Four friends reminisce on careers in a male-dominated industry
A chance comment led four friends into decadeslong careers in construction and road work, making them some of the first women in the city to join Local 238.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Idaho labor force tightens as jobless rate scrapes bottom
Significant drops in the number of unemployed Idahoans and people looking for work pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent in April, narrowing an already tight …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of global workforce, WSJ reports
Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of staff worldwide as Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields faces escalating pressure to boost profit and a lagging stock price, the Wall Street …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Jobless-benefit claims at 28-year low; U.S. labor market tightening
A decline in the number of U.S. jobless-benefit claims fell to a 28-year low is adding to signs of a tight labor market, as initial unemployment claims also remained subdued, …
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Hecla reports higher 1Q earnings despite ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine
Higher silver prices helped Hecla Mining Co. turn a first quarter profit despite an ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine.
Sat., May 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport Hotel’s barbershop refuses to raise prices; streetcar cleaners on strike replaced
The largest barbershop in town – the Davenport Hotel barbershop – refused to raise its prices in accord with the other barbershops in town. The rest of them, under pressure …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 3:31 p.m.
Bills seek link of aerospace tax breaks, state workforce
Frustrated by the loss of thousands of Boeing jobs in recent years, lawmakers are weighing two measures that would tie Boeing’s eligibility for tax breaks to the amount of people …
Tue., May 2, 2017, 8 a.m.
Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted
A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production and inflicted harm on the wider California economy.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at …
Thu., April 27, 2017, 7:59 a.m.
Jobless claims rise to 4-week high amid holiday
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a four-week high last week, interrupting a run of subdued firings, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:43 p.m.
Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent
Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.8 percent in February, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.
UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown
President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labor …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
America’s manliest industries are all competing for women
Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that …
UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Know Spokane: Number of young people coming to the city hasn’t changed, but fewer are leaving
Some say that young people are moving back to the city, but is that actually true? The short answer: probably not. What does appear to be changing is that fewer …
Sun., April 16, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly organizer accuses lumber bosses of fixing books to prevent wage increases
Labor firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn delivered her second speech in two days, this one to a crowd of 1,000 people at Spokane’s Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) hall. Her …
Fri., April 14, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobbly organizer predicts labor fight in lumber camps
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, firebrand union organizer, told a crowd of hundreds at Spokane’s Wobbly hall that the region’s lumber camps would soon be labor’s biggest battleground.
Tue., April 11, 2017, 8:48 a.m.
U.S. employers posted more jobs in February and quitting fell
U.S. employers posted more open positions in February, but the number of people getting hired and the number quitting jobs fell. The overall figures suggest that the job market remains …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
U.S. adds 98,000 jobs in March; jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent
The momentum in the U.S. labor market flagged in March, new government data showed Friday, with the private sector and the government adding only 98,000 jobs as winter storms weighed …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Gov. Brown proclaims March 31 Cesar Chavez Day
Oregon residents can celebrate more than the coming weekend today as Gov. Kate Brown has declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day.