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  • Bargaining support on agenda for Spokane City Council

    With the possibility of new rounds of negotiations in which city leaders could ask for more wage and benefit concessions, the Spokane City Council may give its union employees a …


  • ‘All cuts’ budget moves to House floor despite protests

    OLYMPIA – Some 7,000 protesters chanting, singing and marching through the Capitol to the strains of bagpipes were unable to convince the Legislature to veer from the path of an …


  • Scores show support for Wisconsin unions

    Wisconsin may be 1,600 miles away, but that state’s battle over collective bargaining hits close to home for organized labor in Spokane. “They attack one union, they attack us all,” …


  • Shawn Vestal: In a recession, honesty is at an all-time low

    So, to recap: The country sinks into a massive recession, caused by a fraudulent, out-of-control, unwatched-over financial institutions and free-market wheeler-dealers. The rest of us suffer. Jobs vanish, pay cuts …


  • Pay raises lag in public sector

    An analysis of recent wage increases shows that the pay of many local government workers is rising slightly slower than the rate of workers in the private sector. From 2002 …


  • Federal rule would promote union rights in workplace

    WASHINGTON — Most private employers would have to display posters informing workers about their right to form a union under a proposed federal rule that is bound to please unions …


  • Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

    OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


  • City Council adopts police concessions

    The concessions agreed to by Spokane’s police force to save jobs and help balance the city budget include giving up a scheduled 4 percent pay raise, increasing out-of-pocket costs for …


  • Verner takes lead in longevity

    In the decade since Spokane began electing strong mayors, none had served more than three years – until this week. Mayor Mary Verner didn’t even need to finish her term …


  • Proposed contract gives raises to union workers at hospitals

    Unionized health care workers will continue voting today on a new contract that would award pay raises of at least 3 percent at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and …


  • Tentative contract stops hospital strike

    Unionized health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will vote on a new labor contract today and Friday. Details of the tentative agreement that …


  • One-day strike expected at Deaconess and Valley

    Union employees are set to strike Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center today in a one-day action as contract negotiations lag. Negotiations were still in progress with …


  • $20 tab tax could get OK without public vote

    The Spokane City Council has pulled a proposal for tonight’s meeting that would have added a new vehicle license tab fee.Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs …


  • City contemplates pink slips for 120

    More than 120 city employees could face pink slips at the end of the year unless city unions agree to concessions or the City Council increases taxes, officials warned Tuesday. …


  • Union approves retailer contract

    Cashiers with Spokane’s United Food & Commercial Workers recently approved a contract with Fred Meyer, ending a two-year dispute that included negative ads asking shoppers not to shop from the …


  • Union releases deal’s terms

    City Hall’s largest union will give up half of its promised 2010 pay raise to prevent layoffs, if the Spokane City Council signs off on a new agreement. Officials last …


  • City, police deal would let Spokane hire 10 officers

    A tentative deal Spokane city leaders made this week with the Spokane Police Guild would save 12 police officer positions next year, city administrators said Wednesday. The guild is the …


  • City, Police Guild still in talks

    Spokane Police Guild members say they remain open to contract concessions to help the city balance its 2010 budget.


  • Obama courts unions on health reform

    PITTSBURGH – Shoring up a key part of his political base, President Barack Obama turned to blue-collar crowds Tuesday to rally support for health care overhaul and claim credit for …


  • CdA balances budget without job cuts

    When Coeur d’Alene opened its new library two years ago, space quadrupled and attendance and usage more than doubled. But staffing has only increased from 15 full-time employees to 16.5. …


  • AFL-CIO leader is stepping down

    He came to power as an insurgent vowing to shake up the stodgy house of labor that was the AFL-CIO. Fourteen years later, John J. Sweeney, who rose to the …


  • Hospital owner’s dispute with union to go before judge

    Almost a year of failed bargaining between Community Health Systems Inc. and its 1,100 unionized employees will be addressed in a hearing next month by an administrative law judge. The …


  • Union to stop telling shoppers to avoid Fred Meyer

    The United Food & Commercial Workers will stop advising consumers to shop at competing stores while a Fred Meyer complaint against other negative union publicity proceeds through arbitration.


  • Managerial union reaches deal with city to avert layoffs

    Another city union has agreed to concessions in hopes of preventing layoffs next year. The Managerial and Professional Association, which represents 307 employees, agreed this week to a deal that …


  • City, firefighters reach deal to avoid cuts

    Spokane firefighters likely will be spared layoffs thanks to a deal reached last week between union leaders and city administrators. The sides agreed to create a new early retirement program …


  • Union first to make concession

    One of Spokane’s smallest unions has agreed to concessions next year to avoid layoffs, making it the first city bargaining group to do so. The Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains …


  • City union gives up retirement match to avoid layoffs

    The City of Spokane’s smallest union has agreed to concessions next year to avoid layoffs, making them the first to do so.


  • Hospital union prepared to picket

    A union representing 1,100 health care and service workers is engaged in a contract fight with the new owner of Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Community …


  • Bill killed after e-mail threat from labor group

    OLYMPIA – State lawmakers have killed a labor-backed bill and called for a State Patrol investigation after an organized labor group threatened to tie votes to campaign donations.


  • Supreme Court upholds ban on union payroll deductions

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law banning local governments from letting workers use payroll deductions to fund their union’s political activities, a decision that could …

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