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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Whole Foods to cut health care for part-time workers

Whole Foods, the grocery chain owned by Amazon, is cutting health care benefits for its part-time workers, a move that could leave about 1,900 of its employees without medical coverage.


Google settles with labor board over employee speech

Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google has agreed to post a notice to remind employees of their rights.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Looking to hire 30,000, Amazon plans nationwide job fairs

Amazon is looking to fill more than 30,000 vacant jobs by early next year, and is holding job fairs across the country next week to find candidates.


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

Google updates misconduct reporting amid employee discontent

Google said Thursday it has updated the way it investigates misconduct claims – changes the company pledged to make after employees called for action last year.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

Security breach at Nordstrom exposes sensitive employee data

The company isn’t saying how many of its employees may be impacted by the security breach it alerted workers to this week.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018

Warehouse workers in Amazon program tweet positive comments about working conditions

A group of more than a dozen Amazon Twitter users in the past two weeks started responding to critics of the company on the social media site, sharing upbeat tales …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018

Report: Spokane VA medical center employee charged in Montana child sex assault case

A man employed in the surgical department of Spokane’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center was arrested last week in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a child in Montana.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Former Tesla employee blasted by Elon Musk takes battle to SEC, filing whistleblower complaint

Martin Tripp, the fired Tesla technician fighting a corporate legal battle and a war of words with chief Elon Musk, has formally filed a tip with the Securities and Exchange …


McDonald’s expands worker tuition benefits, citing tax law

McDonald’s, citing the new U.S. tax law and the tightening job market, is expanding its 3-year-old education benefits program, tripling the amount of money some workers can get each year …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017

Get Bach to work: Company orchestras a German tradition

It’s hard to quantify, but the engineer and accountant musicians – and some business experts – argue that a symphony orchestra is an excellent model for the creative teamwork companies …


State’s maritime labor on course toward retirement cliff

The marine workforce in Washington state – which includes sailors, engineers, captains and other workers on everything from tugboats to shipping vessels – is headed for a mass retirement.


Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.


Bipartisan effort could make paid family leave a reality

After annual efforts to pass paid family leave legislation that actually pays,


Dibartolo Loses Job As Deputy Sheriff Goldman Fires Murder Suspect For Unspecified Violations Of Department Rules

Spokane County Sheriff John Goldman fired Deputy Tom DiBartolo on Friday. DiBartolo, an 18-year member of the Sheriff’s Department, is accused of killing his wife last November.


State Investigates Two Nurses At County Jail Supervisor Reprimanded Three Times Since ‘94; $1,600 Spent To Teach Staff How To Get Along

State health officials are investigating complaints against two of the eight nurses who work at the Spokane County Jail, one of them the medical unit supervisor. Registered nurse Pamela L. …


Fair Director Threatened With Ouster Official Told To Respond To Allegations Or Face Termination

A Spokane Interstate Fair manager who was reprimanded in 1994 and suspended for five days last year is in trouble again. This time, operations manager Jim Cotter may lose his …


Risk Manager In Trouble Again County Official Faces Discipline On Sexual Harassment Charge; Was Suspended Last Spring

A Spokane County administrator who was suspended for misconduct five months ago is facing discipline again, this time for sexual harassment. Risk Manager Claude Cox is accused of making sexual …


Fired State Worker Has County Job Again ‘Prejudiced’ Hiring In January Led To Suspension Of Official; New Job Again Pays $2,560 A Month, Through End Of Year

A temporary worker whose last job with Spokane County sparked allegations of cronyism started a new county job this week. Terry Hentges’ first job was as an “extra help” safety …


Fired State Inspector Gets County Job Cronyism Suspected After Friend Hires Man Ousted For Gross Misconduct, Negligence

Whistleblower Bob Clayton


Two New Principals Are Minorities

Spokane School District 81 named two new principals Wednesday. Both men are minorities. Albert Fein, now principal at an elementary school in Monroe, Wash., will succeed Gloria Morris at Lincoln …


Dad Fired On Take Our Daughters To Work Day

Marisa Means expected to see how her father made his living on Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Instead, he got fired and the two of them were escorted from …


Kootenai Sheriff Shuffles Staff Retirements Spur Transfers, Promotions For Nine Deputies

With at least nine officers receiving promotions or transfers, Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg announced Thursday the biggest department staff change since he took office in 1989. The shuffle began …


East Valley Searching For Minority Applicants To Broaden Diversity The District Has Six Native American, Three Asian And Three Hispanic Teachers, But No African-American Teachers.

East Valley School District has been successful in hiring female administrators in recent years, but employing minorities is still a struggle. “I would beg, borrow and steal if I could …


County Eliminates 64 Unfilled Positions

Spokane County Commissioners eliminated 64 county positions Tuesday without firing a soul. The positions, which Commissioner Steve Hasson called “bogus,” were approved by commissioners over the years but never filled …


Judge Sides With Sweetser Over Firings Prosecutor Had Authority To Fire Deputies, Even If It Was A Political Decision

Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Sweetser had authority to fire two deputy prosecutors, even if it was a political decision, a judge ruled Tuesday. “There are a certain limited number …


Prosecutors Take The Stand In Job Fight Fired Deputies Say Sweetser Made Workplace Hostile

Recent turmoil and back-stabbing in the Spokane County prosecutor’s office spilled into the courtroom this week with tales of spying, namecalling and door-slamming. Two fired deputy prosecutors took the witness …