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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

CNN agrees to record $76M settlement over labor dispute

CNN has agreed to pay $76 million in backpay as part of a record settlement with the federal labor board after the cable television network terminated the contracts of unionized …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Unions delay strike at Sacred Heart, Holy Family as negotiations progress overnight

Unions representing thousands of health care workers in Washington announced early Friday that they have postponed a strike.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Starbucks settles claim that sick time rule violated NYC law

Starbucks violated New York City’s paid sick leave law by making ailing workers find substitutes or face possible discipline or even firing, officials said Thursday in announcing a settlement with …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police stop scammer faking war injury; murder suspects arraigned

Harry Forbes, 20, went door-to-door in the Rockwood district, telling housewives, “Can you help a poor soldier who lost an arm in the war?”


Workers fired from Google plan federal labor complaint

Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file charges against the company with a federal agency, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social …


100 years ago in Spokane: Temperance union declares war on cigarettes

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union had already won its war on liquor. Now it was renewing its assault on another vice, cigarettes.


100 years ago in Spokane: Jail authorities end Wobbly ‘disturbance’ with fire hose

A Wobbly “disturbance” at the Spokane City Jail – or what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called a “jail riot” – ended after authorities “turned a fire hose on the disturbers.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Police raid, arrest Wobblies after violence

Spokane police raided hotels and lodging houses “believed to be infested” with Wobblies, “questioning and searching all occupants,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


U.S. job openings decline in September though remain healthy

U.S. employers advertised fewer open jobs in September compared with the previous month, but the number of available positions remains high by historic standards.


100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Car bridge over Columbia opens; striking miners return to work

The first auto suspension bridge over the Columbia River was opened near Chelan Falls, a few miles above Wenatchee.


Google settles with labor board over employee speech

Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google has agreed to post a notice to remind employees of their rights.


U.S. job openings fell 0.4% in July

The number of open U.S. jobs slipped 0.4% in July, while hires climbed slightly, a sign that some employers may be growing cautious amid rising economic uncertainty.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Hillyard teens deface rival meat market

Two Hillyard 17-year-olds were arrested after they were accused of defacing Carstens Meat Market with signs bearing the slogans “Scab Meat,” “Scab Market” and “Unfair to Union Labor.”


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

As migrant workers decrease, Idaho farmers struggle

The number of migrant workers has declined nationwide, and many of those workers who are here now are on an H-2A visa, which allows farmers to bring in foreign workers …


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

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

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 …