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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. announces new 5-year labor agreement with union members at Spokane Valley, Ohio

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. announced it has entered into a new, five-year labor agreement with union members at its facilities in Spokane Valley and Newark, Ohio.


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …


20 years after crippling labor dispute, Kaiser and Steelworkers working together

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the United Steelworkers’ strike against Kaiser Aluminum. About 2,100 hourly employees at the company’s Trentwood and Mead plants walked out in …


Charles Hurwitz, vilified during Kaiser strike, was excluded from company during bankruptcy

Charles Hurwitz was a pivotal figure in the labor dispute between Kaiser Aluminum and the United Steelworkers.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Man rewarded job at Kaiser Aluminum’s mill and $175,000 in discrimination suit settlement

In a settlement in a disability discrimination lawsuit, a Spokane man was rewarded $175,000 and a job at Kaiser Aluminum’s Trentwood mill.


Neighbors decry planned roundabout on Highway 2 that will lead to Costco development

Costco good. Roundabouts bad. That was the prevailing attitude at an informational open house Wednesday evening at Northwood Middle School, near the site along Highway 2 where Costco is planning …


Spokane Valley fire roundup: ‘Bucket brigade’ douses molten metal fire at Kaiser

A call at the Kaiser Aluminum plant in Spokane Valley early one morning last week led to hours of effort by Spokane Valley Fire Department crews to put out a …


A reluctant no on Initiative 732

Initiative 732 proposes a carbon tax and frames it as an economist would: If you want less of something, tax it. So it taxes carbon and lowers the sales tax …


Nation’s first carbon tax on the ballot in Washington

Washington voters will decide whether to approve the nation’s first carbon tax in November. Initiative 732 has divided environmentalists and is opposed by business and labor groups.


Kaiser Aluminum cautiously optimistic about new plan to tackle carbon pollution

Kaiser Aluminum officials say they’re cautiously optimistic about Washington’s new proposal for reducing carbon emissions, which could give company’s Trentwood plant credit for previous efforts to reduce energy use.


Spokane County officials optimistic on Costco move, despite toxic chemicals near proposed site

Recent tests have shown high concentrations of the toxic chemicals cyanide and flouride in groundwater near the proposed site of a new Costco wholesaler in Mead. But Spokane County officials …


Landmarks: Kaiser’s ‘architecturally daring’ home came before big business moves

Before Henry J. Kaiser became the huge American industrialist known as the father of modern shipbuilding, prime contractor for Hoover and Grand Coulee dams and founder of more than 100 …


Kaiser announces $150 million investment in Trentwood plant

Kaiser Aluminum will spend $150 million on its Trentwood plant over the next five years as part of ongoing investments to make the World War II-era factory more competitive in …


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 …


Boeing turns to Kaiser Aluminum for recycling effort

Boeing will send 22 million pounds of aluminum scrap each year from its factories to Spokane Valley to be recycled. The metal will arrive at Kaiser Aluminum’s rolling mill in …


The next phase: Kaiser’s Mead smelting plant undergoes demolition

Thousands of people drew paychecks from the sprawling Kaiser Aluminum smelter in north Spokane during its more than 50 years of operation. The California company that bought the Mead site …


Old Kaiser Mead smelter property sells for $1.5 million

A California company that acquires old industrial locations has paid $1.5 million for the former Kaiser Mead smelter operation.


Kaiser unveils $16 million cleanup plan

Kaiser Trentwood’s plant along the Spokane River has a long, illustrative history. Built to produce aluminum for military planes during World War II, the factory later became a steady source …


County OKs rural cluster changes, kid-free development

Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday completed a two-year overhaul of controversial “rural cluster development” standards. The action rounds out a package of reforms designed to make the relatively dense subdivisions …


Mead-area housing plan rules out kids

School-age children would be banned from living in a 415-acre development under a proposal Spokane County commissioners will consider Tuesday. A covenant running with the Mead-area land would limit residential …


Kaiser lays off 36 employees

The economic slowdown cost 36 Kaiser Aluminum Corp. workers their jobs this week, but a local union president said those sent home could be rehired when business recovers. Dan Wilson, …


Tentative Agreement In Strike Negotiators For Kaiser, Unions Reword Contract; Vote Tuesday

A strike by the 3,000 United Steelworkers of America - 2,000 in Spokane - ended its fifth day with a tentative agreement announced by Kaiser and Steelworkers representatives after midnight …


Union Leaders Gather To Draft New Proposal Pickets, Meanwhile, Told They Will Be Cited For Blocking Traffic At Local Kaiser Plants

Local leaders of the United Steelworkers of America huddled Thursday to draft a proposal for resolving their four-day-old strike against Kaiser Aluminum Corp. Ron Burke, grievance committee chairman for the …