Stories tagged: labor
Fri., April 14, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobbly organizer predicts labor fight in lumber camps
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, firebrand union organizer, told a crowd of hundreds at Spokane’s Wobbly hall that the region’s lumber camps would soon be labor’s biggest battleground.
Tue., April 11, 2017, 8:48 a.m.
U.S. employers posted more jobs in February and quitting fell
U.S. employers posted more open positions in February, but the number of people getting hired and the number quitting jobs fell. The overall figures suggest that the job market remains …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
U.S. adds 98,000 jobs in March; jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent
The momentum in the U.S. labor market flagged in March, new government data showed Friday, with the private sector and the government adding only 98,000 jobs as winter storms weighed …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Gov. Brown proclaims March 31 Cesar Chavez Day
Oregon residents can celebrate more than the coming weekend today as Gov. Kate Brown has declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day.
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
Applications for unemployment aid fell to 258,000 last week
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the U.S. job market remains healthy.
Fri., March 24, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
Robots could take over 38 percent of US jobs within about 15 years, report says
More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
Idaho unemployment remains at 3.6 percent
Idaho’s unemployment held steady in February at 3.6 percent while the state led the nation in job growth for the sixth consecutive month.
Fri., March 24, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Montana’s unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent in February
Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in February, compared to the national rate of 4.7 percent.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 11:05 a.m.
Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent
Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nine years, dropping to 4.9 percent last month.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
Labor nominee says he won’t let politics influence hiring
President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department says he won’t allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions.
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises
With new staffers walking the wards these days at Western State Hospital, nurse Becky Bailey feels safer. There’s less of a last-minute scramble for nurses to fill vacant positions, said …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:48 p.m.
Deaconess adds laughing gas as pain management option during labor
Women giving birth at Deaconess Hospital now have a new option for pain management: laughing gas.
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Idaho boasts top job growth rate in 2016
Idaho saw 4 percent job growth last year, giving it the fastest rate in the nation, the Idaho Department of Labor said Monday.
Wed., March 8, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Washington state unemployment rate holds steady in January
Washington state’s unemployment rate held at 5.1 percent in January, even with the estimated loss of 7,200 jobs over the month.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 8 a.m.
What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way
Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph
Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Slowdown in wage gains muddies picture of tight job market
Just when the U.S. labor market looked like it was getting tight, worker paychecks are giving more of a mixed picture.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 6:06 a.m.
Investigation into Wafla’s influence on farmworker pay rejected
A state investigation into alleged influence by a grower group that may have biased a 2015 state farmworker pay survey has been ended by a court decision.
Fri., 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 …
Wed., 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.
Mon., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Wed., 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. …
Sat., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Fri., 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.
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.