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UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Seniors more likely to work longer in big metropolitan areas

Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, DC, are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

Ohio police: Pair made laxative cookies for striking workers

Police say a couple made laxative-laced cookies for striking school employees because they were tired of the noise from the picket line near their home.


In Mexico, there’s no place like home: Most don’t want to head north for work anymore

For generations dating back to the 1930s, throughout Mexico, the young would head north to seek out their own version of the American Dream: Jobs. No more.


A hot U.S. job market is coaxing people in from the sidelines

The growth in America’s workforce – made up of people either working or looking for work – has helped reverse an alarming consequence of the recession: The exit of millions …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers

Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow even …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retirees

The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.


With U.S. employers eager to fill jobs, hiring could stay strong

Against the backdrop of next week’s midterm elections, the U.S. job market is the healthiest it’s been in at least two decades. And with another strong hiring report expected Friday, …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Space industry scrambles for workers, but can’t hire foreigners

Since the International Traffic in Arms Regulation was enacted in 1976, classifying spacecraft and rockets as military technology, international students have been unable to get jobs in the field. Only …


Thousands of Northern California hotel workers join strike

Thousands of housekeepers, cooks and other workers at Marriott-affiliated hotels went on strike in San Francisco and San Jose Thursday after months of negotiations for a wage increase.


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.