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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

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, 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 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, 7:58 a.m.

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, 9:32 p.m.

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, 10:19 p.m.

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, 5:45 p.m.

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, 5:38 p.m.

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.

Collective bargaining in public? Not all are in favor of open sessions

Governments across the state could soon take a step toward greater transparency depending on a state decision about open collective bargaining – the practice of allowing the public to be …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Big labor sees growth potential in California pot workers

Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Ruling favors state unions in public records fight

A state appeals court has sided with a coalition of state worker unions in a clash with a conservative group over what information about public employees can be released.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Supreme Court, new term near, to hear challenge to unions

Its conservative majority restored, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will return to an issue with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers.

Labor day retrospective: Spokane’s labor roots run deep

Spokane, for much of its history, has been a labor town.

100 years ago in Spokane: Unions celebrate Labor Day with elaborate floats in parade

More than 1,500 union men marched through the streets of Spokane in celebration of Labor Day. “Numerically, it was one of the most impressive demonstrations that the labor unions of …

100 years ago in Spokane: More questions than answers after train riot

All 27 men arrested for what was termed a drunken riot on a train were released by Spokane military authorities – all except the Wobbly “leader.”