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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

As job openings reach unprecedented levels, so does quitting

U.S. employers advertised the most jobs on record in July, and the number of workers quitting their jobs also hit a new all-time high.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

California court: Workers must be paid for off-clock tasks

Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state …


McDonald’s workers block headquarters and chant, ‘We can see your greedy side’

About 150 cooks and cashiers blocked the entrance Monday to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago, protesting what they call unfairly low pay at one of the world’s largest fast-food chains.


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated …


Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to Boston office

Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to its research and development office in Boston, the company announced Tuesday, confirming reports that the retailer would move into a new waterfront complex …


Five workers at Hanford Site report suspicious smell

Workers at a former nuclear production complex in Washington state have reported smelling a suspicious odor.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8 p.m.

As companies give bonuses in wake of tax overhaul, prospect of employee pay gains remains hazy

Employee bonuses in anticpation of tax savings are one-time payouts, not the permanent pay raises that President Trump and congressional Republicans have said will eventually result from the corporate tax …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

No nuclear contamination found at homes of Hanford workers

No radioactive contamination has been found at the homes of seven Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers that were surveyed this week.


Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

Israel’s national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Workers with disabilities showcase Salem nonprofit’s success

The Salem-based nonprofit integrates people with disabilities into the community, including finding and helping them keep jobs.


Lane County workers go on strike in Oregon

Workers represented by Lane County government’s largest labor union went on strike Wednesday, seeking higher wages while trying to fend off an attempt to make them pay for health insurance.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

Tesla fires hundreds of workers as part of annual reviews

Tesla Motors has fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the automaker is trying to ramp up production to fill orders for its new Model …


Nuclear-armed North Korea profits from U.S., EU seafood sales

Americans buying salmon for dinner at Walmart or ALDI may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear weapons program, an AP investigation has found.


Judge won’t restore pensions for retired Hanford workers

A federal court ruling says the Department of Energy had no obligation to continue full pension benefits for Hanford nuclear reservation workers who were required to switch from one employer …


Claims for U.S. jobless aid rise by 12,000 to 272,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 272,000 as Florida continued to absorb the economic impact of Hurricane Irma.


Oregon county’s largest employee union votes to OK strike

Lane County and its largest employee union remain far apart on a new labor contract.


Oregon pension managers shift to age-based investment funds

Oregon’s public pension managers have voted to undertake a major shift in the way they invest members’ money, turning to age-based investment funds for beneficiaries’ individual accounts.


Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization this week, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.


Walmart to offer extra holiday hours for current workers

Walmart won’t be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year. Instead, like last year, it will offer extra hours to its current workers.


Pay raises for Olympia elected officials proposed by residents

An Olympia commission is proposing the city’s elected officials receive a salary increase of about 25 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Target bumps up holiday hiring by 40 percent this year

Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

Idaho hospital lays off 62 employees after new ownership

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center eliminated 62 positions on Thursday, leaving the hospital with 956 employees. RCCH HealthCare Partners acquired the hospital located near …


U.S. productivity improved at ho-hum 1.5%. rate in spring

U.S. workers’ productivity rose a bit more this spring than initially reported, but the gains were relatively weak and a key reason why recent economic growth has been modest.


Hertz, Thrifty to give SeaTac workers $2 million in back pay

TUMWATER, Wash. – State officials say an agreement has been reached for airport rental car companies Hertz and Thrifty to provide nearly $2 million in back pay to workers owed …


U.S. unemployment claims rise slightly, remain low

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the numbers remained low and consistent with a healthy job market.


Trump’s planned building boom bumps up against worker shortage

President Donald Trump’s plan to boost the economy with millions of jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and ports has a snag, the construction industry says: There aren’t nearly enough skilled workers …


With labor shortage, Idaho inmates learn farm work

Matthew Davidson could patch roads or do janitorial work during his time at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, but he’s decided to harvest fruit instead.


Judge clears way for Seattle rideshare drivers to unionize

For the second time this month, a federal judge has rejected a challenge to Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

North Carolina county commissioner calls slaves ‘workers’

A North Carolina county commissioner referred to slaves as “workers” during a discussion on removing a Confederate statue


U.S. job openings surged in June to record high

U.S. employers posted a record number of open jobs in June, a sign that the solid hiring of recent months will likely continue.