Stories tagged: unions
UPDATED: THURSDAY, 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, …
FRIDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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: THURSDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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. …
SUNDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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.
SUNDAY, 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.
MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2016, 9:26 P.M.
Lincoln County opens union negotiations to the public, in a first for Washington
By opening labor negotiations to the public, Lincoln County has drawn attention to a highly politicized debate that has roiled the governor’s office for more than a decade.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2016, 8:15 A.M.
Right-to-work law faces court challenge
If a lawsuit now pending in federal court succeeds, non-union workers in Idaho could be required to pay some fees to unions that represent them, for the first time since …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Railroad union members vote unanimously to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The 460 Spokane members of four railroad unions voted – “without one dissenting voice” – to go on strike beginning several days hence.
TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Farmers worry crops won’t make it to markets as railroad workers prepare to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The railroad unions called for a nationwide strike to begin in several days and the repercussions were already felt in Spokane.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2016, 3:28 P.M.
Grad student employees at private universities can unionize, NLRB rules
In a major decision that opens the door for graduate students across the country to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that grad students who work as teaching …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016, 2:02 P.M.
Union got Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs, Icahn says
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has written a letter to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs …
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016, 1:10 P.M.
French unions plan strikes to disrupt trains, ports, flights
Travelers beware: French labor unions plan a string of strikes in the coming days that will target trains, the Paris subway system, ports and possibly airports.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016, 11:42 A.M.
Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract
Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016, 2:17 P.M.
Machinists vote to strike Triumph factory on West Plains
Union officials are urging the 403 Machinists making aerospace parts at the Triumph Composite Systems factory west of Spokane to reject a labor contract and vote Monday for a strike
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 7:33 A.M.
Greek unions call 3-day general strike over austerity vote
Unions in Greece have a three-day general strike to protest a parliamentary vote on a new round of bailout austerity measures.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 2:30 P.M.
Idaho to pay up after failed defense of anti-union law
Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho …
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016, 12:30 P.M.
High court gives unions major win
In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, labor unions on Tuesday won a high-profile Supreme Court dispute they once seemed all but certain to …
SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2015, 8 A.M.
Kaiser’s Trentwood plant continues to reinvent itself
To generations of Spokane residents, Kaiser Aluminum’s Trentwood rolling mill represented steady, blue-collar employment. Landing a union job there is still possible, though it’s a smaller operation than in the …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015, 9:26 P.M.
Madsen: Relationships are key to effective habitat protection
Building relationships is key to effective habitat protection.
SUNDAY, FEB. 1, 2015
Let’s define government’s ‘openness’
OLYMPIA – Openness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder for government officials. This is clear in the discussions – some might call them grumblings – of proposed …
SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015
Spin Control: Misunderstanding and the case of the dropped ‘S’
OLYMPIA – The Capitol environs are replete with acronyms. Agencies are known by three-letter describers and programs are rarely mentioned by their full names. But last week’s Senate hearing into …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014
Spokane 2015 budget pays 164 workers six figures
The number of city employees earning six figures has increased under Spokane Mayor David Condon, despite his critical stance against such high earners when he was campaigning for office and …
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
University president says no to unions for athletes
WASHINGTON – Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football …
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
Unions oppose tough state water quality standards
OLYMPIA – Washington state is rushing toward water quality standards that will be too strict and cost jobs without being backed up by good science, leaders of unions with workers …