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100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper says Germans among Wobblies held for tribunals

The Spokesman-Review fanned the flames of anti-Wobbly suspicion with a front page story hinting that Germans were among the 27 men rounded up at the Industrial Workers of the World …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

100 years ago in Montana: Arson suspected in loss of 23 Great Northern Railway freight cars

The Great Northern Railway lost 23 freight cars to arson in one day, and authorities suspected that it might be the work of the Wobblies. The fires broke out simultaneously …

100 years ago in Spokane: North Idaho towns organize boycott of Spokane goods in response to Wobblies

The alarm over the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) reached a new high. The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that Idaho towns were prepared to punish Spokane businesses for Spokane’s …

100 years ago in near Butte, Montana: Nearly 200 feared dead in Speculator Mine fire

The shocking news of the day came from across the mountains: 193 miners were feared dead after a fire in the Speculator Mine near Butte, Mont. This “appalling calamity” was …

New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split

Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.

Women in construction: Four friends reminisce on careers in a male-dominated industry

A chance comment led four friends into decadeslong careers in construction and road work, making them some of the first women in the city to join Local 238.

Welcome at the White House: Some labor unions over others

President Donald Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he’s holding the door a little more ajar for some organizations than others.

100 years ago in Spokane: Retailers accuse wholesalers of driving up prices; barbers demand shorter workday

The soaring price of food, driven up by wartime shortages, continued to dominate the news.

UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 8:58 a.m.

Miners, Hecla remain at impasse over working conditions at Lucky Friday Mine

Union and management at the Lucky Friday Mine remain far apart on a variety of issues, most of which are unrelated to pay. The underground silver mine in Mullan, Idaho, …

100 years ago in Spokane: City, like rest of country, braces for railroad strike

Spokane – and the rest of the U.S. – was bracing for a massive railroad strike called for 4 p.m. the next day. Four unions, representing engineers, firemen, conductors and …

Inslee, Ferguson in spotlight as Washington fights Trump travel ban

Court fight over Trump’s immigration order is generating national attention for Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

100 years ago in Spokane: Union demands answers into collapse of Post Street Bridge, which killed 3 workers

A union demanded an investigation into the collapse of the Post Street bridge, which killed three workers, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Feb. 10, 1917.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph

Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …

Greeks stage nationwide strike and demonstrations

A nationwide 24-hour general strike called by unions against austerity measures disrupted public services across Greece on Thursday, while thousands marched in protest in central Athens.

Grocery workers’ union targeting Yoke’s; CEO describes campaign as a ‘low blow’

A campaign of TV and radio ads, as well as mailers and billboards, is imploring shoppers to avoid Yoke’s Fresh Market because the chain did not give preferential treatment to …

Federal judge rejects challenge to Idaho’s ‘right to work’ law over fees, appeal likely

A federal judge in Idaho has ruled against a challenge to the state’s Right to Work law, but the case now likely will be appealed to the 9th Circuit U.S. …

True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl

There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …

Sue Lani Madsen: Unions vs. Lincoln County – who’s afraid of open meetings?

The Teamsters visited the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting last Monday and their message was clear: They don’t want the public present at public union negotiations.

Lincoln County leads way on government transparency

The right way to answer this wave of suspicion is to open up government by making more decisions in public and making information more readily available.

Lincoln County opens union negotiations to the public, in a first for Washington

By opening labor negotiations to the public, Lincoln County has drawn attention to a highly politicized debate that has roiled the governor’s office for more than a decade.

Right-to-work law faces court challenge

If a lawsuit now pending in federal court succeeds, non-union workers in Idaho could be required to pay some fees to unions that represent them, for the first time since …

100 years ago in Spokane: Railroad union members vote unanimously to strike

From our archives, 100 years ago The 460 Spokane members of four railroad unions voted – “without one dissenting voice” – to go on strike beginning several days hence.

100 years ago in Spokane: Farmers worry crops won’t make it to markets as railroad workers prepare to strike

From our archives, 100 years ago The railroad unions called for a nationwide strike to begin in several days and the repercussions were already felt in Spokane.

Grad student employees at private universities can unionize, NLRB rules

In a major decision that opens the door for graduate students across the country to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that grad students who work as teaching …

Union got Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs, Icahn says

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has written a letter to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs …

French unions plan strikes to disrupt trains, ports, flights

Travelers beware: French labor unions plan a string of strikes in the coming days that will target trains, the Paris subway system, ports and possibly airports.

Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

Machinists vote to strike Triumph factory on West Plains

Union officials are urging the 403 Machinists making aerospace parts at the Triumph Composite Systems factory west of Spokane to reject a labor contract and vote Monday for a strike

Greek unions call 3-day general strike over austerity vote

Unions in Greece have a three-day general strike to protest a parliamentary vote on a new round of bailout austerity measures.

Idaho to pay up after failed defense of anti-union law

Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho …