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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.

6 workers injured when building under construction collapses

Six construction workers were injured when a building that was under construction collapsed in the southwestern Idaho town of Parma.

Montana 4th highest in nation for older workers dying on job

Montana ranks fourth in the nation for the ratio of older workers killed on the job, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

Schulz: WSU needs to save money, will tighten financial belt

Washington State University will introduce a new hiring process that will include a careful examination by executive personnel of all hiring requests and justification of the need to fill positions, …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Amazon, in sign of growth, holds job fair for US warehouses

Amazon is holding a giant job fair Wednesday and plans to make thousands of job offers on the spot at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.

Colstrip gets $4.6 million in federal aid to retrain workers

The U.S. government has awarded $4.6 million to the state of Montana to help retrain hundreds of coal workers who will soon be out of jobs because of a partial …

Bank of England employees strike for first time in 50 years

Striking employees at the Bank of England are wearing comical masks depicting Governor Mark Carney as they picket outside the institution demanding better pay.

Hitting the bricks: Spokane Steam Plant gets a makeover

This summer, Dale Jackson and his co-workers are cleaning the bricks and replacing mortar in the stacks at Steam Plant Square, hundreds of feet above downtown Spokane.

UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Microsoft laying off thousands of workers in sales shakeup

Microsoft is laying off thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any internet-connected device.

Bucking minimum wage trend, St. Louis is lowering pay level

It’s not been a great couple of weeks for those advocating an increase in minimum wages. Late last month, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper based …

U.S. companies add a modest 158,000 jobs in June

U.S. businesses added a modest 158,000 jobs in June, a survey found – a sign that hiring has decelerated but remains healthy enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

Silicon Valley’s sexism problem: Could the tide be turning?

Sexism in Silicon Valley has been an open secret for years. What’s changing: A growing number of women are coming forward with personal stories of sexual harassment and discrimination, prompting …

UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

Oregon Legislature passes worker scheduling bill

Workers in Oregon for large companies will know their schedules in advance, saving them from scrambling to arrange child care and enabling them to have more orderly lives, under a …

Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

The world’s biggest coal users – China, the United States and India – have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for …

UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

New study of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

A new study of Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law says it costs jobs, contrary to another new study released last week.

Sears Canada says it is seeking court protection

Sears Canada Inc. said Thursday it plans to close 59 locations across Canada and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring.

28,000 exotic dancers to share $6.5 million wage settlement

A federal judge has approved a $6.5 million settlement in a wage dispute involving 28,000 current or former exotic dancers at a chain of clubs operating in 18 states.

Google’s search engine aims to become employment engine

Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine.

GM extends summer shutdown at two car plants as demand falls

General Motors is extending the normal two-week summer shutdown for at least two U.S. car factories because of slumping sedan sales.

Claims for U.S. jobless benefits fall by 10,000 to 245,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most U.S. workers continue to enjoy job security.

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Supermarket massacre shooter left chilling online trail

A supermarket employee brought two guns to work overnight Thursday and fatally shot three fellow employees before turning the gun on himself, Pennsylvania state police said.

Senate poised to make firing VA employees easier

The Senate is poised to approve legislation to make firing employees easier for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s part of an accountability effort urged by President Donald Trump.

U.S. companies post record number of open jobs in April

U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April in 16 years, yet hiring fell and fewer people quit work. The figures suggest that businesses are struggling to find qualified …

New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split

Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.

UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Montana in BNSF Railway worker case

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a Montana court’s ruling that two BNSF Railway workers could sue the company for their injuries in the state, even though the men never …

Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute

Religious hospitals don’t have to comply with federal laws protecting pension plans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that affects retirement benefits for roughly a million workers …