Welcome to Spokane Alliance!
Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find us working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.
For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. We are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.
At Spokane Alliance, we believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. We do more than just sign petitions and protest. We take action.
3/31/15 -- KXLY4 -- If you're out sick from work, do you get paid? Many in Spokane do not, but some city council members want to change that. City council members Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref plan to introduce a resolution this week that basically states their intentions to establish a paid sick leave ordinance in the city. The policy would be based on a proposal from the Spokane Alliance that outlines how employees would accrue sick leave and how much of it they could earn at different sized businesses.
3/4/15 -- Inlander -- In a downtown Spokane restaurant kitchen during Hoopfest weekend 2013, Isaiah Kibwe Day naturally struggled to keep up with the biggest rush of the year. He was dicing an avocado when his knife slipped into his palm below the thumb. He barely avoided damage to the nerve and connective tissues and recalled that "picking up something as unimposing as a piece of paper was excruciating." Under pressure from supervisors, Day returned a day and a half later. He dropped kitchenware and suffered avoidable burns, while blood soaked through the bandages on his hand. Literally adding insult to injury, he was never compensated for missed time. Why?
February, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance’s campaign for earned sick leave took a big step forward on Feb. 19 when a U.S. Senator and the Spokane City Council president called for action in both Washingtons.
2/18/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough. The restaurant has enacted a paid sick leave policy for its 10 kitchen employees, prompting immediate gratitude from its cooks and dishwashers, as well as an upcoming visit from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. NOTE: We are re-printing this story here because the Spokane Alliance's Sick & Safe campaign was a driving factor behind the Lantern's decision to provide paid sick leave.