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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

McDonald’s agrees to $26M settlement with California workers

McDonald’s has agreed to a $26 million settlement of a long-running class-action lawsuit over wages and work conditions at corporate-run locations in California, the parties said Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Jamaican citizens sue exclusive Yellowstone Club over wages

Five Jamaican citizens who were recruited to work at a Montana ski resort for the ultra-rich just north of Yellowstone National Park say they and more than 100 other Jamaicans …


Less pay growth among managers explains tepid U.S. wage gains

On its face, the latest job report showed annual pay gains weakened for American workers in September even as the unemployment rate slid to a fresh five-decade low. The guts …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …