Stories tagged: unions
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.
Mon., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Tue., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Fri., 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.
Mon., 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
Thu., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Sun., 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: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 9:26 p.m.
Madsen: Relationships are key to effective habitat protection
Building relationships is key to effective habitat protection.
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Thu., April 3, 2014
College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill
Northwestern University athletes trying to unionize presented their case to lawmakers Wednesday after a federal agency said they have the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers. “Health and …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2013
In rare union split, national Machinists leaders order vote on Boeing contract offer
SEATTLE – Despite the vehement opposition of local union leaders, the national headquarters of the Machinists union has ordered a vote on Boeing’s revised offer to extend their contract, setting …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
Spin Control: Right-to-work weird for Washington
Somewhere in the great beyond, James “Big Jim” Farley is having a good day. The former Tammany Hall boss and political strategist for Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have been pulled …
Fri., Nov. 8, 2013
Spokane County files labor complaint against deputies
More than two years of contract negotiations between Spokane County and its deputy sheriffs have been put on hold after the county filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the …
Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Davenport owner Walt Worthy pressed by firefighter union over ads
Davenport Hotel owner Walt Worthy said Tuesday that Spokane firefighters threatened to pull convention and meeting business from his hotel because of negative television ads in two Spokane City Council …
Wed., Jan. 16, 2013
Vestal: Knezovich needs help in Olympia
What do you have to do to stay fired as a cop in this state? Kick a handcuffed suspect while he’s down? Force a mentally ill suspect to strip and …
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012
Boeing union prepping for potential strike
SEATTLE – The head of Boeing’s engineering union says there’s a “very high chance” a strike could come as soon as February. The Society of Engineering Employees in Aerospace is …
Wed., Dec. 5, 2012
Symphony musicians end strike; OK two-year pact
The Spokane Symphony musicians and board of directors announced Tuesday they reached an agreement settling a monthlong strike. After a weekend of intense bargaining, the musicians voted Monday night to …
Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
‘Nutcracker’ will use recorded music if labor talks fail
Spokane Symphony management and musicians are returning to the bargaining table this week in an effort to reach a contract agreement before “The Nutcracker” ballet begins. If the dispute isn’t …