Stories tagged: labor
Thu., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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.
Wed., 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.
Mon., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Mon., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Thu., 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.
Wed., 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. …
Sat., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Tue., 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.
Wed., 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.
Mon., 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.
Wed., 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.
Mon., 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.
Mon., 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 …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Officials defend plans to move some Hanford workers
Plans to move about 350 Department of Energy and other employees out of the Richland Federal Building are not intended to save federal dollars.
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
Protesters block Calais roads seeking migrant camp closure
Truckers, farmers, dockers and merchants angry at the disruption caused by thousands of migrants in their midst in the northern French city of Calais blocked the main access route to …
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 6:56 a.m.
Benton City man gets 30-year federal sentence for prostituting teens at labor camps
A Benton City man will spend 30 years in federal prison for forcing two girls to have sex with customers at migrant labor camps and motels and keeping the earnings …
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Slower hiring in August signals Fed rate hike less likely
After two months of blockbuster gains, U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest increase of 151,000, reducing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates …
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Railroad union members vote unanimously to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The 460 Spokane members of four railroad unions voted – “without one dissenting voice” – to go on strike beginning several days hence.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
U.S. auto sales fall 4 percent in August
U.S. sales of new cars and trucks fell in August, ending summer on a low note for the auto industry and making it less likely that this year’s auto sales …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
Weekly requests for jobless aid rise but still near lows
Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the overall levels still remain near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 9:58 a.m.
Factory activity shrinks for first time in 6 months
U.S. manufacturing contracted last month for the first time since February, as new orders and output plummeted and factories cut jobs.