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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

CEO pay in last four decades grew 940.3% while average worker up 11.9%

CEO pay in the past four decades has grown 940.3% while the pay of an average worker increased 11.9% over the same time period.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

U.S. worker annual compensation slows slightly through June

The annual wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose in the second quarter at a slightly slower pace than the first, suggesting that the lowest unemployment levels in a half …


Why wealth gap has grown despite record-long economic growth

After a full decade of uninterrupted economic growth, the richest Americans now hold a greater share of the nation’s wealth than they did before the Great Recession began in 2007. …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

State of Washington proposes new overtime pay rules

State agency proposes new salary standards for exempting some workers from overtime pay.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Miners get more pay

Miners in the Coeur d’Alene mining district got a boost in pay from $4.25 to $4.75 per shift. The move was announced at a meeting of the principal operators in …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Uber, Lyft drivers protest across the U.S., overseas

Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in …


100 years ago in Spokane: Teamster and chauffeurs strike and bakers strike continues

The teamsters and chauffeurs’ union voted to go on strike after demanding that members of the Spokane and Transfer association agree to wage increases from 50 cents to $1 a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Hiring in U.S. slows sharply in February

The pace of hiring in the United States fell last month to its lowest point in nearly a year and a half, a surprise drop likely reflecting harsh weather and …


Wage gains of 3 percent taking hold as U.S. employers ‘need to pay up’

Hourly earnings are likely to keep picking up after surpassing 3 percent for the first time in this expansion


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

U.S. companies hiring at robust pace; wages rise faster

U.S. companies added jobs in October at the healthiest pace in eight months, and wages rose by the most in a decade, the latest evidence of the durable strength of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

After backlash, Amazon to boost pay for longtime workers

Amazon, facing a backlash from longtime warehouse workers who say its $15 hourly minimum wage wouldn’t benefit them, will now provide a bigger raise.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

World’s richest economies enjoy biggest pay raise in a decade

Workers in the world’s richest countries are getting their biggest pay bump in a decade, a step toward solving a labor market puzzle that’s unnerving central bankers. As shrinking unemployment …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Men’s earnings have fallen since 1970s, Census says

Earnings for men have fallen in the decade since the recession, and are even below levels for much of the 1970s and 1980s.


Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS Act’ in the Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill – the “Stop BEZOS Act” – that would require large employers like Amazon and Walmart to pay back the government …


Paul Turner: Spokane resents public sector wages - especially when they’re higher

There are a number of things that make people in Spokane angry. But I can tell you what’s near the top of the list: Public employees making high salaries.


Trump’s promises to ‘forgotten man’ undercut by wage stagnation

President Donald Trump heads into a midterm referendum on his presidency showing no real progress on a core promise: to raise the wages of America’s “forgotten man and woman.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Costco increasing hourly wages for 130,000 U.S. employees

On June 11, Costco will increase the starting wage for its U.S. employees by $1 to as much as $14.50 an hour, while other hourly wage rates will increase 25 …


Costco boosting hourly wages for 130,000 U.S. employees

On June 11, Costco will increase the starting wage for its U.S. employees by $1 to as much as $14.50 an hour, while other hourly wage rates will increase 25 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

A Chick-fil-A is paying $18 an hour to retain fast-food workers

By 2022, the minimum wage in California will rise to $15. But the owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Sacramento plans to go ahead and raise the wages of his …


March consumer spending rebounds 0.4 percent as wages rise

Americans boosted their spending by 0.4 percent in March, the best showing in three months. Meanwhile, a key gauge of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve rose at the …


Number of employees leaving jobs increases at fastest pace in 17 years, signaling higher pay

U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the …


National survey finds sales up for companies, and so are wages

Sales and profits picked up for companies at the end of last year, and more say they’re paying their workers higher wages and salaries in the latest signs that the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Walmart outlines wage increase details for Washington, Idaho employees

Nearly two weeks after announcing higher hourly wages and one-time bonuses for its employees, Walmart has provided more specifics what employees in Washington and Idaho will be receiving.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 7:47 p.m.

Walmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam’s Clubs

Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam’s Club warehouse stores across the country – a move that seems sure to cost jobs – on the same day …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

INB increases wages, hands out bonuses due to tax reform bill

A Spokane bank raised its starting wage to $15 per hour and gave out year-end bonuses in reaction to federal tax reform. INB officials say the raises benefit the community …


Noah Smith: Monopolies may be worse for workers than consumers

Monopoly power is a hot topic of economic debate. Economists are starting to ask whether increasing industrial concentration is choking off productivity growth, reducing capital investment, throttling or deterring would-be …


World economy growing faster than in years, but not for long

The world economy is growing faster than it has in seven years and more and more people are working – but the high growth isn’t expected to last long, and …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand …


The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 per year

The largest two categories of America’s fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country’s lowest wages and weakest benefits.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020

Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it …