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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Labor Day crowd takes in Spokane symphony, last rays of summer at Comstock Park concert

Since 1986, visitors have marked the unofficial end of summer in the South Hill’s Comstock Park with a free performance by the Spokane Symphony. Beautiful weather brought a crowd at …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Spokane police urge public not to drink and drive after several dangerous crashes over Labor Day weekend

One crash involved a 23-foot pontoon boat being towed by a truck near Spokane Community College, police reported.


Shawn Vestal: Union membership is growing again in Washington

On this Labor Day, amid a longtime downward trend in national union membership and following a recent Supreme Court decision celebrated by union busters, it’s interesting to note that it’s …


Jennifer Sheehy: The dignity of work

On this 125th Labor Day, and every day, we at the U.S. Department of Labor honor and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers, and reaffirm our commitment to helping them …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

U.S. airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend

Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the airlines’ profits all year.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018

Spokane Symphony fills Comstock Park with music and memories of summer

Staking out a spot before the annual Spokane Symphony’s Labor Day Concert in Comstock Park can be serious business.


Trump attacks union leader on Labor Day

President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Underground economy discussion brings out the hypocrites on both sides

It’s a great conversation nonstarter for Labor Day, but a good way to begin an argument. Mention how the complex web of labor regulations is driving the underground economy and …


Robert J. Samuelson: American middle class bounces back

The middle-class comeback may be the year’s most underreported story.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend: Five things to do in Spokane

You’re stuck in town for the long weekend? Good. You won’t be bored.


Spokane County employment nearly back to pre-recession levels

With Labor Day upon us, here are some indicators of the state of labor in Spokane County.


Labor Day closures: Government offices, library braches and SCRAPS

Government offices from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday, as will post offices and banks. Libraries and the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection …


For Labor Day, census numbers tell workers’ story

Labor Day was thought to have first been observed on Sept. 5, 1882, when about 10,000 workers gathered in New York for a parade. That resulted in similar events nationwide.


Gas prices, temperatures low as roadwork lulls for Labor Day

Weather over the Labor Day weekend will be cooler than normal and much cooler than last weekend. Highs in the Spokane area are forecast to be around 70 degrees all …


Yellowstone open for Labor Day weekend, but campfires banned

All major Yellowstone National Park tourist attractions, entrances and roads are open for the long Labor Day weekend despite four wildfires, but visitors will be prohibited from making campfires and …


Spokane Symphony concert in Liberty Lake postponed

A free Spokane Symphony concert in Liberty Lake that had been scheduled for Saturday has been postponed by a day because of expected rain.


Getting There: Labor Day travel to increase just 1 percent this year

Despite some of the lowest gasoline prices seen in years, travel over the upcoming Labor Day holiday is expected to increase only slightly across the U.S. AAA auto club said …


Spokane’s big job-maker still government

On this Labor Day, it might be a good time to reflect on the main source of the jobs in our community: government. Government has been either the No. 1 …


Review: ‘Labor Day’ a little tension, a lot of eye-rolling

The funniest unintentional laugh in “Labor Day” is the way adaptor/director Jason Reitman treats this eye-rolling, melodramatic romance novel as if he’s got his hands on the works of Dostoevsky …


With long career in rear-view, Floyd reaps retirement’s rewards

I never feared that I would run out of things to do when I retired. But so what if I did? Isn’t that the point of retirement? You work for …


National ‘workingmen’s holiday’ is more than a century old

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across …


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Labor Day: Parades, picnics and politicians

Parades, picnics and politicians celebrated the American worker on Labor Day, with President Barack Obama seeking votes from Ohio union members and rivals for Senate seats marching in Massachusetts and …


Corps closes trashed recreation area near Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash. — A popular recreation area along the Snake River near Pullman will not be open for Labor Day because it was trashed last weekend by hard-partying visitors.


Symphony back for Labor Day weekend shows

Last year on Labor Day, if you wanted to hear “1812 Overture,” you had to stand in your backyard and hum it. This year, Spokane’s longtime Labor Day tradition has …


Getting There: Lower gas prices will fuel excursions

A slight drop in the price of gasoline in the past month is going to result in a steady stream of traffic on highways this Labor Day weekend, AAA predicts. …


Symphony’s absence noted at annual Comstock Park fete

Where beach chairs and blankets last Labor Day covered the grass at Comstock Park, the Cataldo Catholic School football team practiced on-side kicks. Instead of the Spokane Symphony and Rossini, …


Diverse work force offers region strength in recession

Labor Day celebrates our work force – the nurses, teachers, retail salespeople, laborers, lawyers and librarians; in short, all of the workers who fuel the nation’s economic engine. The holiday, …