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100 years ago in Spokane: Locomotive shop men in Hillyard launch strike

The strike was in support of a nationwide labor push to raise wages for railway mechanics. More Hillyard workers, including the car carpenters and other craftsmen, were scheduled to walk …


100 years ago in Spokane: State rests in Wobbly buttons case

The state concluded its case against 28 members of the Industrial Workers of the World – Wobblies, as they were known – for the crime of wearing Wobbly buttons, the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rev. Lake baptizes believers in the river

Hundreds of people stood on the Washington Street bridge to watch a series of river baptisms performed by the Rev. John G. Lake.


100 years ago in Spokane: Giant Independence Day parade had an international flavor

Spokane’s giant Victory and Independence Day parade through downtown had an international flavor.


100 years ago in Spokane: Demand strong for giant, dangerous fireworks

Sales of firecrackers, Roman candles, pinwheels and rockets were strong in Spokane — and one fireworks retailer said that even these were considered too tame by some purchasers.


100 years ago in Spokane: Restaurant workers no longer forced to work 7-days-a-week

Cafe workers in Spokane won a major labor concession: a six-day week.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 9:37 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Labor endorses government ownership of railroads

Government control of railroads was popular in some quarters, including Spokane’s Central Labor Council. The government had assumed control of the rail lines for national security reasons during the war, …


Opportunity knocks: Spokane makes top 10 for median-wage employment without college degrees

More students used to take shop classes, where they learned a trade and could enjoy working with their hands. Today, kids might consider Washington apprenticeship programs – which allow them …


100 years ago in Spokane: Teamsters, chauffeurs call end to strike

The strike of 500 Spokane teamsters and chauffeurs is off. An agreement to end the week-old strike means the men will return to work the next day.


100 years ago in Spokane: Teamster and chauffeurs strike and bakers strike continues

The teamsters and chauffeurs’ union voted to go on strike after demanding that members of the Spokane and Transfer association agree to wage increases from 50 cents to $1 a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Milkmen demand 1 day off in 7

Spokane milkmen were on the verge of a strike.


100 years ago in Spokane: Teamsters threaten to strike

Spokane’s teamsters and chauffeurs’ union, which had as many as 800 employed members, were planning to strike in two days.


100 years ago in Central Washington: Railroad workers strike over lack of bathtubs, decent meals

About 300 men working on a project to electrify the Milwaukee Railroad’s line through Washington were on strike at their job site west of the Columbia River.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 7:58 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: First aerial pictures of city show downtown from eyes of flying circus aviators

The aviators of a “flying circus” (air show) that had wowed Spokane left behind the first aerial pictures ever printed of Spokane.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Bolshevist ties, labor council vote all in a day’s paper

Two stories in The Spokane Daily Chronicle address bolshevist plots and labor relations in Spokane.


Inslee visits Portland training center on campaign stop

The governor of Washington toured a labor union training center in Oregon as part of his campaign for president. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday toured the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

100 years ago in Puget Sound: 130 unions to participate in general strike

The Puget Sound area was bracing for the biggest labor crisis in its history: a general strike.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities, including Seattle

New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities – Seattle among them – around the start of the new year, affecting millions of …


In labor-friendly Seattle, unions push for new territory

With Labor Day here, the movement that created the holiday flexed its muscle in Seattle, where the landscape has been transformed in the last few years by labor-backed measures protecting …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Supreme Court deals big setback to labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Walmart acknowledges labor violations, permits union logos

Walmart has settled a long-running battle with labor activists over the punishment of workers who claimed they were mistreated by managers for supporting efforts to organize by wearing union insignia.


Woman goes into labor as officer was about to arrest her

Washington authorities say a pregnant woman went into labor as an officer was attempting to arrest her on suspicion of using drugs.


100 years ago in Coeur d’Alene: Wobbly found guilty of ‘criminal syndicalism’

A jury in Coeur d’Alene deliberated for only an hour and a half before finding W.M. Nelson guilty of “criminal syndicalism.” Nelson was the former secretary of the Industrial Workers …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies announce move of Lumberworkers headquarters to Chicago

Washington Gov. Ernest Lister was in Spokane to deal with several important matters, including the “labor situation.” The Spokane Daily Chronicle speculated that he was preparing to deal with volatile …


New law would get rid of written authorization for union dues and fees in Washington

Employers hiring under a collective bargaining agreement won’t have to ask for written authorization before deducting certain dues or fees from an employee’s salary under a new law signed Friday.


Silver Valley Miners march on one-year anniversary of Lucky Friday Mine strike

Steelworkers and their families took to the streets Saturday to mark what they say is the Idaho Silver Valley’s longest mining strike.


Number of employees leaving jobs increases at fastest pace in 17 years, signaling higher pay

U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Apple supplier used illegal teenage labor to assemble the iPhone X, report says

If you own an iPhone X, there is a chance your prized smartphone was built from forced labor of Chinese high school students.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

Hecla reports lower 3Q earnings amid ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine

An ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine affected Hecla Mining Co.’s third quarter earnings.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Strikes, work stoppages in Washington fields indicative of changing agriculture labor environment

Their six-day strike was one of several across Washington state during a turbulent year for labor relations in one of the country’s largest agricultural states. Those strikes highlight some of …