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U.S. economy grows at slowest pace in two years

Growth by the U.S. economy fell off sharply in the first three months of 2016, posting its worst quarterly performance in two years amid a global slowdown, the Commerce Department …


Some Vancouver city councilors would refuse salary hike

Several Vancouver city councilors on Monday said they would either decline the hefty pay recently allotted by the city Salary Review Commission or donate the extra pay to charity.


BP chief suffers shareholder revolt over $20M pay package

British energy producer BP has suffered a revolt by shareholders who objected Thursday to increasing Chief Executive Bob Dudley’s pay package by 20 percent after profit plunged last year.


California enacts highest statewide minimum wage in U.S.

LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday giving California the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2022. That and a similar …


$15 minimum-wage movement sets sights on more states

California and New York –where almost 1 in 5 Americans live – are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the activists who spearheaded …


$2.13 an hour for dish-washing? Servers sue over side work

Ask any restaurant server or bartender about side work and you are liable to get an earful. Sweeping floors, washing dishes, making salad? These are tasks that should pay minimum …


California OKs highest statewide minimum wage

California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to …


Minimum wage hike would cost California taxpayers $3.6 billion, analyst says

Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, …


Businesses add 200,000 jobs in March as labor market keeps improving

Businesses added a solid 200,000 net jobs this month, according to a closely watched private survey released Wednesday, as the U.S. labor market continued to strengthen even as overall economic …


‘Fight for 15’ campaign to target McDonald’s stores April 14

McDonald’s customers stopping in for a Big Mac on the eve of Tax Day may be greeted by demonstrators calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.


U.S. home prices rise faster than incomes in January

U.S. home prices climbed at more than double the rate of incomes in January, a trend that could ultimately create affordability challenges for buyers.


UN: Wage gap between women and men will take 70 years to close

It will take at least seven more decades until women earn as much as men if the pay gap continues to narrow at the current pace, the International Labor Organization …


Lack of paid sick days worst for Hispanics, low-wage workers, study finds

Amid the swelling national conversation about income inequality comes a new report spotlighting that the lack of mandatory paid sick leave in the U.S. disproportionately burdens Hispanics and low-wage workers, …


Teacher pay raise in House supplemental budget

House Democrats in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which would close several tax exemptions to pay for the salary increases of public school teachers.


Landmark minimum wage increase gets Oregon lawmakers’ OK

Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system …


Sea-Tac Airport workers sue over $15 wage back payments

More than a dozen workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport filed lawsuits on Wednesday over the $15 minimum wage they say they have not been paid.


Federal court issues $385K judgment against blueberry growers

Some Washington blueberry growers have admitted that they systematically violated the rights of their agricultural workers over a period of years.


House passes bill aimed at lowering gender wage gap

OLYMPIA – The Washington House has passed a bill that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women and prohibit employers from assigning less favorable employment opportunities to …


Washington’s average wage increased by 4.2 percent

Average weekly wages in Washington rose more than $1,000 over the last year.


Women’s pay 78 percent of men’s in Washington state

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm is all too familiar with the conditions that have led women workers in Washington state to make 78 cents on the dollar compared to their …


Why CEOs got big raise and workers didn’t

WASHINGTON – Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging. While pay for the typical CEO of …


Spin Control: On state worker salaries, actions speak loudest

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee raised eyebrows – and some blood pressures – among some legislative Republicans and other conservatives last week with comments about state worker salaries on the …


Idaho debates worker raises

BOISE – Idaho has funded only one raise for state employees in the past five years, and lawmakers are balking at Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to skip raises again next …


Spokane police, firefighter salaries outpace region’s average wages

As budget discussions ramp up at the city of Spokane, a conservative think tank has released a study suggesting that pay for Spokane’s police and firefighters has not only outpaced …


Low wages may be good for business, but who else?

Occasionally, we hear from the business community about the wonders of the business climate in Idaho. Usually, though, those praising the Gem State’s business-friendliness don’t point out that one of …


Average salary in Washington rose in ’12

Private-sector job growth and a recovering economy pushed Washington’s average wage in 2012 to $51,595. That’s the first time Washington’s average wage – for jobs covered by unemployment insurance – …


Average wage in Washington cracks $50k for the first time

Private sector job growth and a recovering economy pushed Washington’s average wage in 2012 to $51,595. That’s the first time Washington’s average wage — for jobs covered by unemployment insurance …


Idaho agencies scramble to reward workers

BOISE – As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves this summer to become president of Texas Tech University, his parting advice to the state is to invest in its …


Idaho leads nation in minimum-wage workers

When it comes to paying workers as little as possible, Idaho ranks first in the nation.


State’s basic wage rises

The minimum wage in Washington will go up to $9.19 an hour on Jan. 1, keeping the state ahead of all others and nearly $2 above the federal minimum wage …