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Main street in St. Maries

And our run across Idaho gets underway in St. Maries, where Chris Carlson and I talk to a bunch of people form the area and sell some books at the Paperhouse.

Weather is good and we’re off to a nice start. I’m noticing a bunch of scattered new development around Benewah County, mainly on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation on the west side (increasing spinoffs from the casino there) but also in St. Maries. This is the kind of area often said to be dying on the vine; but sure doesn’t look like it on the ground.

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This is a little different, or at least something we haven’t seen for a while: Low wage, hard-pressed workers going on strike. In this case, fast food workers in – and this part at least would be less surprising – Seattle. It’s the first strike of this sort anywhere in the region, though some other major metros in the east are involved. This is a real backflip through time. In recent decades, strikes most often hit the news when they involve well established and long-unionized work forces, people who are solidly established and simply are trying to keep what often are alread-significant benefits. This new strike involves people desperately trying to find a way to make a living, and hews closer to the ancestral days of American unions. Watch where this goes.

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