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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry’s dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.


Sacred Heart nurses ratify contract, ending monthslong negotiating session

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, ratified their contract on Thursday, ending more than a year of negotiations with Providence officials.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Sacred Heart nurses reach tentative agreement with Providence officials

More than 1,900 nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center will vote on the tentative agreement next week reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning after long negotiation sessions.


More negotiations scheduled as nurses closer to striking at Providence locations statewide

Nurses and health care workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union at seven Swedish locations in the Seattle area did not reach an agreement with Providence officials on Monday, Dec. …


U.S. labor board rules for McDonald’s in unionization case

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald’s favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in auto industry

Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill.


Unions for Sacred Heart nurses and hospital workers schedule strike votes

After months of negotiations, nurses and hospital workers at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will vote on whether to authorize a strike.


100 years ago in Spokane: Labor backs proposed tax to pave county roads

Spokane County was preparing to vote on a massive $3.25 million bond issue for paving county roads, and the city’s top labor leader announced his wholehearted support.


Union warns Disney World fire department is understaffed

Firefighters for Walt Disney World’s private government say they’re understaffed and that poses a safety risk as the Florida theme park resort grows even bigger with this year’s openings of …


In Vancouver, Sen. Murray touts bill backing unions

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited a Vancouver union hall Wednesday on her first stop to promote her new pro-union bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses hold second rally as contract talks with Providence drag on

Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center held a second demonstration Thursday afternoon to keep pressure on the hospital system amid drawn-out contract negotiations.


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 …


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 …


Southwest sues mechanics union alleging deliberate slowdowns

Southwest is suing its mechanics’ union over what it claims is an illegal work slowdown that is grounding planes and disrupting flights.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses hold Spokane rally amid contract talks

In the bitter cold Monday afternoon at Riverfront Park, dozens of nurses rallied for better staffing, benefits and patient safety at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.


‘Federal workforce shouldn’t be used as a pawn’: Union sues Trump administration over shutdown

A federal employees union filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration, alleging the partial government shutdown is illegally forcing more than 400,000 federal employees to work without pay.


Spokane County prosecutors demand raises, complain of unfair bargaining practices

The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …


Battle Ground Public Schools board approves contract with union

Battle Ground Public Schools’ board of directors approved its contract with the teachers union Tuesday, formally marking the end of weeks of consternation over teachers’ salaries in the region.


Group of Whole Foods workers aims to unionize

A group of workers at Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market planned to email colleagues at the organic grocer’s stores announcing a push to organize.


Ex-Fiat Chrysler exec gets 5.5 years in union bribery case

A former Fiat Chrysler executive was sentenced to 5


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018

Teamsters union ratchets up pressure in UPS contract negotiations

The Teamsters union at UPS has voted to authorize a strike, if necessary, a negotiating tactic that’s aimed at ratcheting up the pressure in contract negotiations but does not signal …


Labor board says Disney can withhold bonuses during talks

Walt Disney World didn’t violate the law when it withheld $1,000 bonuses to workers in a coalition of unions currently renegotiating wages, even though it paid the bonuses to other …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Union plans appeal after agency approves plant settlement

A federal agency has approved a settlement for a potato processing plant in southern Idaho, but the union involved in the dispute plans to appeal the decision.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017

California farmworker unions win battle to ensure contracts

The California Supreme Court handed a victory to organized farm labor Monday in a lawsuit that pitted the union launched by iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez against one of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

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: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017

Lucky Friday’s silver production falls by 90 percent during 3Q

Even though the union workers at the Lucky Friday Mine are on strike, the mine is still producing a limited amount of silver.


Oregon county’s largest employee union votes to OK strike

Lane County and its largest employee union remain far apart on a new labor contract.