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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: 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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Lightning strikes two homes near Post Falls during heavy storm Thursday; area near Colville sees power outage from wind

Lightning struck two houses near Post Falls during a brief but heavy thunderstorm Thursday evening. The houses saw light damage and no one was hurt.


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: Valley fruit trees hit hard by frost

Fruit trees in the Spokane Valley area were hard hit by late season frost. Reports from Vera, Oppportunity and Greenacres were that damage to pears, peaches and early apples was …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Whitworth College closes for year amid financial shortfalls

Beset by financial difficulties, Whitworth College closed for the 1918-1919 school year.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Bomb that targeted Seattle mayor arrives for inspection

Meanwhile, Hansen was in Kansas promoting Victory bonds. In a speech to the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Hansen attacked Wobblies and anarchists.


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 12, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

Ohio police: Pair made laxative cookies for striking workers

Police say a couple made laxative-laced cookies for striking school employees because they were tired of the noise from the picket line near their home.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

UAW chief raises strike pay, issues warning to automakers

The president of the United Auto Workers union warned automakers that the union is prepared to strike if it doesn’t get its way in upcoming contract talks.


100 years ago in Spokane: With a foot of snow on the ground, officials ask public for help to get flu nurses to new patients

An uptick in new flu cases had residents worried that the the Spanish flu epidemic had not run its course.


Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday

Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over pay and classroom conditions.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Strike 2: West Virginia teachers walk out again

Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on a strike that launched a national “Red4Ed” movement, they’re doing it again.


100 years ago in Seattle: General strike called to an end, but shipyard workers no closer to settlement

The Seattle General Strike of 1919 was over. The general strike committee called off the sympathetic strike of 30,000 union members, which had originally been called in support of the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Labor Council says local workers likely wouldn’t mount sympathy strike in support of Seattle general strike

William J. Coates, the president of Spokane’s Central Labor Council, did not see any reason for Spokane workers to go on a sympathy strike in support of Seattle’s general strike.


Denver teachers are ready to strike over pay raises alone

Denver teachers are prepared to walk of the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over an incentive-based pay system they call unpredictable and unfair to experienced educators.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

100 years ago in Seattle: National Guard on standby as 60,000 workers strike

Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson issued an ultimatum to the nearly 60,000 workers who were engaged in the Seattle General Strike.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food

A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.


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.


Los Angeles teachers union hints at new talks during strike

The head of the Los Angeles teachers union hinted at contract talks resuming Wednesday as striking educators in the nation’s second-largest school district protested outside hundreds of schools for a …


New technology, housekeeping among concerns in hotel strikes

How much input workers have as new technologies are introduced is among the core issues for the nearly 8,000 workers that have walked off their jobs at Marriott hotels from …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Lyric Opera musicians go on strike, threatening opera season

The 64th season of the Lyric Opera of Chicago was disrupted Tuesday when musicians walked off the job Tuesday to protest cuts proposed by management.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

2,700 workers at major Hawaii hotels join national strike

About 2,700 Marriott employees on Oahu and Maui on Monday joined the strike that began last week in Boston, San Francisco and other cities.


Thousands of Northern California hotel workers join strike

Thousands of housekeepers, cooks and other workers at Marriott-affiliated hotels went on strike in San Francisco and San Jose Thursday after months of negotiations for a wage increase.


Tacoma teachers’ strike: Sides ‘far apart’ in state’s 4th-biggest school district

Teacher strikes in Tacoma, Battle Ground, Centralia, and Tumwater have impacted more than 53,000 students combined, just under half of whom come from low-income households.


Strike by Western Washington crane operators, others appears to be over

A 17-day strike that delayed major construction projects around Western Washington has apparently ended.


Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike – unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5

It’s official: Teachers and school staff in Seattle voted to authorize a strike Tuesday evening. The strike could take effect if negotiations with Seattle Public Schools don’t result in a …


Yakima teachers, students head back to class on time after strike averted over weekend

After teachers and the Yakima School District reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend, school began as scheduled Monday – much to the relief of parents, students and employees.


Evergreen, Washougal teachers on picket lines on first day of school

Teachers in the Evergreen and Washougal school districts headed to the picket lines this morning, demonstrating in favor of higher wages after contract negotiations across Clark County stalled.