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Spokane County Commission backs legal effort forcing public employee unions to negotiate publicly

Spokane County has filed a brief in support of Lincoln County’s case that will determine whether counties can force unions that represent their employees to negotiate wages and benefits in …


Editorial: City and county should press for transparent union negotiations

The city of Spokane and Spokane County now require transparency in public-sector union negotiations. They should push hard to enforce those laws, even as lawyers fight over them.


Editorial: Don’t gut public records laws to serve public sector unions

State lawmakers must take perverse pleasure in keeping Washingtonians in the dark. Having returned to Olympia, Democratic legislators are pushing a sneaky bill that would wreak all kinds of havoc …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Union workers at Sacred Heart reach tentative contract agreement

Unionized service and maintenance workers at Sacred Heart Medical Center reached a tentative agreement with officials early Wednesday morning.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Providence nurses, workers statewide – including in Spokane – announced intend to strike on Jan. 14

Unions representing about 13,000 nurses and health care workers at many Providence locations statewide, including at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, intend to strike on Jan. …


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?”


Tangled relationship between Spokane firefighters, Stuckart continues in mayor’s race

If $118,000 says anything, it’s that the firefighters of Spokane have a stake in this year’s municipal elections, particularly in the mayor’s race.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states

President Donald Trump and other GOP officials have largely avoided taking sides in the GM strike that threatens to upend the economy in election battleground Michigan.


100 years ago in Spokane: Teachers consider joining union; tailors go on strike

Spokane teachers were starting to consider if they should create a union and joining the American Federation of Teachers.


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 …


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: 14 arrested for wearing a Wobbly button

Spokane police detectives arrested 14 Wobblies for the crime of wearing a Wobbly button, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

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 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.


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.


Sean Doolittle: MLB players love our caps. The people who make them for us deserve fair wages.

For almost 60 years, workers at New Era’s factory have been making the caps for Major Leage Baseball players. But the company is transferring most of its work to overseas …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

Kelly Masjoan: Living wage and unions: A history easily forgotten, and a call to action

Most of the burden of negotiating a living wage in this country has fallen on the backs of the unions. Yet this history is rapidly being forgotten among younger workers.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Spokane County commissioners open union contract negotiations to the public

The move means members of the public and media will be able to witness the collective bargaining process in real time, even though state law allows that process to take …


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.


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 …


Jeff Johnson: Unions remain strong and motivated this Labor Day

This is what those who hope to silence unions don’t understand: Unions give voice, dignity, and a portion of the wealth that workers create back to them.


Daniel DiSalvo: What court’s Janus decision means for Washington state

Wednesday’s landmark 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME has implications for Washington state. While its impact will be more limited than public employee unions fear and their critics …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

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

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.


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.


Tina Morrison: Unions are a vital representative voice for workers

I’ve served as an officer of the Professional Musicians AFM Local 105 since being elected in 1998, was elected to the international executive board of the American Federation of Musicians …


Samuel Estreicher: How unions can survive a Supreme Court defeat

This spring, the Supreme Court will decide a case with far-reaching consequences for the future of public-sector unions in America. In Janus v. AFSCME, the court is weighing whether state …


Sue Lani Madsen: Public sector unions use the state as collection agency

But there is no longer any reason for an employer to provide bookkeeping and bill paying services. And change has public sector unions scared spitless.


Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions

With the justice holding the decisive vote silent, a divided Supreme Court sparred Monday over a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent government workers.