Stories tagged: unions
Sun., March 11, 2018
Tina Morrison: Unions are a vital representative voice for workers
I’ve served as an officer of the Professional Musicians AFM Local 105 since being elected in 1998, was elected to the international executive board of the American Federation of Musicians …
Sat., March 3, 2018
Samuel Estreicher: How unions can survive a Supreme Court defeat
This spring, the Supreme Court will decide a case with far-reaching consequences for the future of public-sector unions in America. In Janus v. AFSCME, the court is weighing whether state …
Sat., March 3, 2018
Sue Lani Madsen: Public sector unions use the state as collection agency
But there is no longer any reason for an employer to provide bookkeeping and bill paying services. And change has public sector unions scared spitless.
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions
With the justice holding the decisive vote silent, a divided Supreme Court sparred Monday over a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent government workers.
Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
Collective bargaining in public? Not all are in favor of open sessions
Governments across the state could soon take a step toward greater transparency depending on a state decision about open collective bargaining – the practice of allowing the public to be …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
Big labor sees growth potential in California pot workers
Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Ruling favors state unions in public records fight
A state appeals court has sided with a coalition of state worker unions in a clash with a conservative group over what information about public employees can be released.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 6:53 p.m.
Supreme Court, new term near, to hear challenge to unions
Its conservative majority restored, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will return to an issue with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 3 a.m.
Labor day retrospective: Spokane’s labor roots run deep
Spokane, for much of its history, has been a labor town.
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
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 …
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: More questions than answers after train riot
All 27 men arrested for what was termed a drunken riot on a train were released by Spokane military authorities – all except the Wobbly “leader.”
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Welcome at the White House: Some labor unions over others
President Donald Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he’s holding the door a little more ajar for some organizations than others.
Wed., April 26, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Retailers accuse wholesalers of driving up prices; barbers demand shorter workday
The soaring price of food, driven up by wartime shortages, continued to dominate the news.
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Miners, Hecla remain at impasse over working conditions at Lucky Friday Mine
Union and management at the Lucky Friday Mine remain far apart on a variety of issues, most of which are unrelated to pay. The underground silver mine in Mullan, Idaho, …
Fri., March 17, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: City, like rest of country, braces for railroad strike
Spokane – and the rest of the U.S. – was bracing for a massive railroad strike called for 4 p.m. the next day. Four unions, representing engineers, firemen, conductors and …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017
Inslee, Ferguson in spotlight as Washington fights Trump travel ban
Court fight over Trump’s immigration order is generating national attention for Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Union demands answers into collapse of Post Street Bridge, which killed 3 workers
A union demanded an investigation into the collapse of the Post Street bridge, which killed three workers, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Feb. 10, 1917.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph
Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 8:54 a.m.
Greeks stage nationwide strike and demonstrations
A nationwide 24-hour general strike called by unions against austerity measures disrupted public services across Greece on Thursday, while thousands marched in protest in central Athens.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 7 a.m.
Grocery workers’ union targeting Yoke’s; CEO describes campaign as a ‘low blow’
A campaign of TV and radio ads, as well as mailers and billboards, is imploring shoppers to avoid Yoke’s Fresh Market because the chain did not give preferential treatment to …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 9:42 a.m.
Federal judge rejects challenge to Idaho’s ‘right to work’ law over fees, appeal likely
A federal judge in Idaho has ruled against a challenge to the state’s Right to Work law, but the case now likely will be appealed to the 9th Circuit U.S. …
Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, 4 a.m.
True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl
There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Unions vs. Lincoln County – who’s afraid of open meetings?
The Teamsters visited the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting last Monday and their message was clear: They don’t want the public present at public union negotiations.
Sun., Sept. 18, 2016
Lincoln County leads way on government transparency
The right way to answer this wave of suspicion is to open up government by making more decisions in public and making information more readily available.