Stories tagged: labor
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
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.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 9:56 a.m.
U.S. construction spending unchanged in July
U.S. construction spending was unchanged in July as weakness in spending on government projects offset gains in home building and the strongest month for non-residential construction on record.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 9:53 a.m.
Wal-Mart cutting about 7,000 back-office store jobs
Wal-Mart is cutting 7,000 back-office store jobs over the next few months as it centralizes its invoice and accounting departments, expanding a test it announced in June.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 1:51 p.m.
Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers
Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 12:08 p.m.
Abercrombie closing up to 60 stores after posting wider loss
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported a wider loss for its second quarter on Tuesday and said it’s closing up to 60 stores in the United States as both U.S. and …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 10:43 a.m.
Christie nixes bill to raise New Jersey minimum wage to $15
Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday shot down an attempt to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in the next year and to at least $15 over …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Farmers worry crops won’t make it to markets as railroad workers prepare to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The railroad unions called for a nationwide strike to begin in several days and the repercussions were already felt in Spokane.
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 4:19 p.m.
Lucky Friday miners picket over stalled contract talks
Miners in the Silver Valley picketed Monday outside the Wallace office of Hecla Mining Co. to protest lack of progress on a new contract for about 250 employees at the …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 9:54 a.m.
Yale grad students file petition seeking union certification
Graduate students who assist in teaching and research at Yale University have filed petitions seeking union certification.
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
Grad student employees at private universities can unionize, NLRB rules
In a major decision that opens the door for graduate students across the country to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that grad students who work as teaching …
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 3:02 p.m.
Seattle officials propose sweeping law to protect workers from erratic schedules
Under a sweeping new scheduling law being considered by the city of Seattle, large retailers and many food-service companies with more than 500 employees would be required to give their …
Fri., July 29, 2016, 2:20 p.m.
Strike disrupts Air France flights amid summer vacation
Air France has canceled 10 percent of its long-distance flights Friday, during a period of high traffic due to summer vacations, because of a strike by cabin crew.
Fri., July 29, 2016, 10:46 a.m.
U.S. economy grew at weak 1.2 percent annual rate in second quarter
The weak start to 2016 continued through the spring, with the U.S. economy growing at a surprisingly weak 1.2 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said …