Stories tagged: labor
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016
100 years ago in Inland Northwest: Under pressure from Wobblies, companies agree to plan to improve logging camps
From our archive, 100 years ago The region’s logging operators, 36 companies in all, were nearing agreement on a plan to make life easier for the men and women in …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016, 9:57 A.M.
U.S. employers post fewer jobs, though openings stay healthy
.S. employers posted fewer jobs in October than the previous month, but job openings are still at a mostly healthy level that points to steady hiring ahead.
MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 1:46 P.M.
Google deal puts Africa on cusp of first smartphone plant
A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and …
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 11:50 A.M.
Dozens arrested during protests for higher minimum wages
Dozens of people were arrested Monday as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 11:30 A.M.
October jobless rate holds steady in Spokane County
The October unemployment was 5.8 percent in Spokane County, matching September for the lowest rate of the year. It was slightly above the October 2015 jobless rate of 5.7 percent. …
SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2016, 7:35 A.M.
Women’s share of Microsoft jobs drops again
At Microsoft, about one of every four employees is female. The latest data on the diversity of the Redmond software giant’s workforce, released this week, showed a second consecutive annual …
FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2016, 9:26 A.M.
Idaho unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 percent
State officials say Idaho’s unemployment rate has remained at 3.8 percent for the past four months.
FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2016, 7:31 A.M.
DuPont to end pension contribution for active employees
DuPont says it will soon stop contributing to active employees’ pension plans, a move that will affect the retirement of 13,000 U.S. workers, including 2,800 in Delaware.
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016, 6:32 P.M.
Spokane police oversight still a concern in new round of law enforcement bargaining
Contracts with the unions representing police officers and supervisors are up for renewal at the end of the year. At the same time, the City Council is set to consider …
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016, 7:25 A.M.
43-year low: Unemployment aid applications lowest since 1973
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 1973 last week, evidence that businesses are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 12:23 P.M.
Oregon job growth cooling off, report shows
Oregon’s job growth has cooled off, and with that, the growth in personal income taxes that the state collects has also slowed.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 11:07 A.M.
Washington unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent
Washington unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent last month and the state added 10,600 jobs.
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 12:30 P.M.
Are American Airlines uniforms making workers sick?
When American Airlines flight attendants began to complain about the company’s new uniforms, the airline shrugged off the problem, saying it was limited to about a dozen people with allergies …
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016, 1:55 P.M.
Tacoma General nurses plan weeklong boycott of extra shifts
Nurses at Tacoma General Hospital are refusing to take extra shifts or voluntary overtime to protest hospital work practices.
MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016, 10:03 A.M.
Japan authorities raid Dentsu in overwork suicide case
Japanese authorities have raided the country’s top advertising agency Dentsu as part of a criminal investigation into the suicide of a 24-year-old employee due to overwork.
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 10:47 A.M.
U.S. payrolls rise by 161,000 in October as wages accelerate
U.S. jobs continued to rise at a steady pace in October and wage gains accelerated, signs that the labor market and economy made steady progress at the start of the …
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 10:14 A.M.
First-year doctors would be allowed to work 24-hour shifts under new rules
The organization that oversees the training of young doctors recommended Friday that first-year physicians in hospitals be allowed to work 24-hour shifts – eight hours longer than they are permitted …
TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016, 10:30 A.M.
U.S. construction spending slumped in September
U.S. builders cut their spending on construction projects in September, the second straight monthly decline. Much of the decrease came as government spending for schools, sewers and transportation projects tumbled …
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 11:35 A.M.
VW sees electric car shift costing thousands of jobs
Volkswagen’s personnel chief has been quoted as telling a German newspaper that the transition to electric cars will ultimately cost a “five-digit number” of jobs at the company.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016, 10:59 A.M.
Twitter cuts staff, kills off Vine app amid pressure to grow
Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016, 9:42 A.M.
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. …
SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 2016, 7:58 A.M.
Boeing warns 180 employees of pending layoffs
Boeing issued advance layoff notices Friday to 180 employees companywide. The layoffs are to take effect in mid-December, just ahead of the Christmas break at Boeing.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2016, 6 A.M.
This number is a misleading sign of U.S. labor-market strength
The fewest Americans in 42 years are filing applications for unemployment insurance, which on the surface looks like a sign of a historically hot U.S. labor market. The real picture …
MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016, 5 P.M.
With Initiative 1433, Washington voters could increase minimum wage to $13.50 and mandate paid sick leave
The effects of raising the minimum wage through I-1433 are hard to predict.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016, 11:03 A.M.
Housing management company failed to pay minimum wage, Feds say
Federal authorities say a company that manages apartment complexes throughout Washington state has agreed to pay $239,000 to 79 workers for overtime and minimum wage violations.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016, 12:46 P.M.
Vapor issues may slow emptying of Hanford tanks
New deadlines for emptying some Hanford nuclear waste tanks might not be met if the government takes steps to better protect workers from chemical vapors.
MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016, 12:27 P.M.
Kohl’s to hire 69,000 seasonal workers
Kohl’s plans to hire more than 69,000 additional workers for the upcoming holiday season to meet demand at more than 1,100 stores nationwide.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 11:53 A.M.
Washington unemployment rates drops to 5.7 percent
Washington state’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.7 percent last month.
MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2016, 9:26 P.M.
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.
MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2016, 4:30 P.M.
California expands overtime to farmworkers in historic move
Farmworkers in the nation’s largest agricultural state will be entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers under a law that California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday …