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High court gives unions major win

In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, labor unions on Tuesday won a high-profile Supreme Court dispute they once seemed all but certain to …


Kaiser’s Trentwood plant continues to reinvent itself

To generations of Spokane residents, Kaiser Aluminum’s Trentwood rolling mill represented steady, blue-collar employment. Landing a union job there is still possible, though it’s a smaller operation than in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 9:26 p.m.

Madsen: Relationships are key to effective habitat protection

Building relationships is key to effective habitat protection.


Let’s define government’s ‘openness’

OLYMPIA – Openness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder for government officials. This is clear in the discussions – some might call them grumblings – of proposed …


Spin Control: Misunderstanding and the case of the dropped ‘S’

OLYMPIA – The Capitol environs are replete with acronyms. Agencies are known by three-letter describers and programs are rarely mentioned by their full names. But last week’s Senate hearing into …


Spokane 2015 budget pays 164 workers six figures

The number of city employees earning six figures has increased under Spokane Mayor David Condon, despite his critical stance against such high earners when he was campaigning for office and …


University president says no to unions for athletes

WASHINGTON – Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football …


Unions oppose tough state water quality standards

OLYMPIA – Washington state is rushing toward water quality standards that will be too strict and cost jobs without being backed up by good science, leaders of unions with workers …


College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

Northwestern University athletes trying to unionize presented their case to lawmakers Wednesday after a federal agency said they have the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers. “Health and …


In rare union split, national Machinists leaders order vote on Boeing contract offer

SEATTLE – Despite the vehement opposition of local union leaders, the national headquarters of the Machinists union has ordered a vote on Boeing’s revised offer to extend their contract, setting …


Spin Control: Right-to-work weird for Washington

Somewhere in the great beyond, James “Big Jim” Farley is having a good day. The former Tammany Hall boss and political strategist for Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have been pulled …


Spokane County files labor complaint against deputies

More than two years of contract negotiations between Spokane County and its deputy sheriffs have been put on hold after the county filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the …


Davenport owner Walt Worthy pressed by firefighter union over ads

Davenport Hotel owner Walt Worthy said Tuesday that Spokane firefighters threatened to pull convention and meeting business from his hotel because of negative television ads in two Spokane City Council …


Vestal: Knezovich needs help in Olympia

What do you have to do to stay fired as a cop in this state? Kick a handcuffed suspect while he’s down? Force a mentally ill suspect to strip and …


Boeing union prepping for potential strike

SEATTLE – The head of Boeing’s engineering union says there’s a “very high chance” a strike could come as soon as February. The Society of Engineering Employees in Aerospace is …


Symphony musicians end strike; OK two-year pact

The Spokane Symphony musicians and board of directors announced Tuesday they reached an agreement settling a monthlong strike. After a weekend of intense bargaining, the musicians voted Monday night to …


‘Nutcracker’ will use recorded music if labor talks fail

Spokane Symphony management and musicians are returning to the bargaining table this week in an effort to reach a contract agreement before “The Nutcracker” ballet begins. If the dispute isn’t …


Hundreds turn out for symphony benefit

A benefit concert by and for the musicians of the Spokane Symphony, who went on strike Nov. 3, was packed with supporters Saturday night. The Shadle Park High School auditorium, …


Striking symphony musicians plan benefit concert, forum

The striking musicians of the Spokane Symphony are planning a show of their own Saturday. Five symphony performances have been canceled since the musicians announced the strike Nov. 3. With …


Symphony cancels four additional concerts

The Spokane Symphony announced Wednesday that several more performances will be canceled as its musicians continue to strike. Spokane Symphony Board President Peter Moye said in a news release that …


Picket replaces symphony performance

Musicians of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra took to the picket lines Saturday instead of the stage. The musicians, who announced Friday night they were going on strike after months of …


Dollars are at stake over a bit of tape

Sometime this year, you may see a new governmental notice in the lunchroom or HR office at work. You may not even notice it, given that it will be full …


Council to tackle firefighter contract

Spokane city leaders are readying for a showdown with the Spokane Firefighters Union over a three-year contract negotiated between the firefighters and former Mayor Mary Verner in the final days …


Federal judge voids two new Idaho anti-union laws

A federal judge has invalidated both the new anti-union laws pushed through by Idaho GOP lawmakers last session, saying they violate federal law.


State wants employees to pay more for health care

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state employees to pay more for their health insurance, and is asking union leaders to reopen labor contracts. Their initial response: Not unless businesses …


Bargaining support on agenda for Spokane City Council

With the possibility of new rounds of negotiations in which city leaders could ask for more wage and benefit concessions, the Spokane City Council may give its union employees a …


‘All cuts’ budget moves to House floor despite protests

OLYMPIA – Some 7,000 protesters chanting, singing and marching through the Capitol to the strains of bagpipes were unable to convince the Legislature to veer from the path of an …


Scores show support for Wisconsin unions

Wisconsin may be 1,600 miles away, but that state’s battle over collective bargaining hits close to home for organized labor in Spokane. “They attack one union, they attack us all,” …


Shawn Vestal: In a recession, honesty is at an all-time low

So, to recap: The country sinks into a massive recession, caused by a fraudulent, out-of-control, unwatched-over financial institutions and free-market wheeler-dealers. The rest of us suffer. Jobs vanish, pay cuts …


Pay raises lag in public sector

An analysis of recent wage increases shows that the pay of many local government workers is rising slightly slower than the rate of workers in the private sector. From 2002 …