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Many optimistic despite slower U.S. job growth

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire


Woman who helped launch Safe Harbor leaving for new job

STANWOOD — The executive director of Safe Harbor Free Clinic, who helped launch the nonprofit seven years ago, is leaving to become director of the Stanwood Community and Senior...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Local News


Consumer borrowing accelerated in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers in December increased their borrowing at the fastest pace in three months. The result suggests that consumer spending should remain strong in the coming months.Borrowing expanded $21.3 billion in December, the strongest showing since an...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire


Take the initiative to stand out at work

Ask any boss which employee in their firm really stands out as a star, and they will most certainly bring up the person who shows initiative. Everyone wants a hardworking employee who does a good job, but the person who goes beyond that and shows initiative is rare indeed (and seems to...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business columnists


Cadence-Giddens Machinists to vote on first contract

EVERETT — Machinists union members at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens are voting Friday on the company’s final and best offer for a three-year contract.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business


U.S. productivity down 3 percent in 4th quarter

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire


House passes bill aimed at lowering gender wage gap

OLYMPIA — The Washington House has passed a bill that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women and prohibit employers from assigning less favorable employment opportunities to women because of their gender.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Northwest


Glitches delay voting on contract offer to Boeing engineers

EVERETT — Printing and mailing errors have delayed voting on a contract offer to white-collar union members at the Boeing Co.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Business


Q&A: Rule changes for food stamps in NW and around country

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest


Obama rule would examine gender pay inequity

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama proposed a new rule Friday that would require every large company in America to report employees' pay based on race and gender, an effort to reduce longstanding pay inequities for women and minorities.The new policy, already drawing...

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World


Jobless claims fall more than expected after holidays

Applications for unemployment benefits declined last week from a six-month high, indicating firings remain low following the volatility typically associated with post-holiday staff adjustments.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire


Fed voices concern about global economic pressures

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire


We all need and deserve paid family leave

As Americans, we strongly value both work and family — but as citizens we've structured our economy and laws to too often force people to work at the expense of their families.We have given millions of parents the cold choice of leaving their job and not getting any...

Date: 01/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Oregon lawmakers’ priorities include $15.52 minimum wage by 2022

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders on Tuesday presented their priorities for the legislative session that starts next week, and her fellow Democrats made it clear they intend to press ahead with passing legislation to raise Oregon’s minimum wage.

Date: 01/26/2016 | Northwest


Franchise group takes Seattle wage law to U.S. Supreme Court

SEATTLE — The International Franchise Association is appealing part of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law that it claims discriminates against franchise owners.

Date: 01/26/2016 | Northwest


Raise the minimum wage, but $15 an hour may kill jobs

Two years ago, Thumbtack — a startup that connects consumers with local contractors — conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama's bid "to give America a raise."

Date: 01/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists


United Airlines pilots approve 2-year contract extension

CHICAGO — United Airlines pilots have ratified a contract extension that includes pay raises and gives the company more certainty about labor costs.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Business Wire


Lawmakers propose a raise for Washington state patrol

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers in Washington have proposed a pay raise for the state’s patrol officers.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest


Portland dock work wanes but pay doesn’t, thanks to union plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — You work, you get paid. You don’t work, you still get paid.It’s a deal that helped longshore union members at the Port of Portland collect more than a million dollars in salaries last year, even as cargo container traffic almost ground to a halt and workloads fell fast.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest


Jobless claims increase to six-month high

The number of applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week to a six-month high, indicating tempered progress in the labor market.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Business Wire


Raise the minimum wage? You're firmly on the fence

You may not be sure about a higher minimum wage, but the arguments are familiar enough that you can probably recite them from memory. On one hand, people can’t support themselves on $9.47 an hour. On the other, small businesses would suffer if forced to pay more, and you’d...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Web Monkey


Unemployment rate in Washington ticks up to 5.5 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington gained 7,200 jobs overall last month, but the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.5 percent.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest


Wal-Mart to give pay raises to most workers

NEW YORK — The vast majority of Wal-Mart’s U.S. employees will get raises as part of the world’s largest retailer’s previously announced commitment to invest in its workforce as it faces pressure from labor-backed groups and seeks to retain workers in a tighter labor force.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire


Feds send warning shot on temp staffing agencies

WASHINGTON — The Department of Labor thinks more companies should take responsibility for their contracted workforces, and it's just told them exactly how and when.If there's one trend that's characterized the changing American workforce more than any other in recent...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Business Wire


Union, fire chief accused of misconduct have clashed before

EVERETT — This has always been a labor town.

Date: 01/17/2016 | Local News


Ferndale refinery fined for not fixing serious violations

TUMWATER — Washington state regulators have fined Phillips 66 Refinery in Ferndale $324,000 for not correcting serious workplace and safety violations.

Date: 01/16/2016 | Northwest


SEIU’s dues collection from home-care workers is illegal

Miranda Thorp is a caregiver for her daughter who, because of her disability, qualifies for state assistance through Medicaid. As her caregiver, the state pays Miranda to help reimburse her for the cost of caring for her daughter.There are currently about 35,000 state-paid...

Date: 01/16/2016 | Commentary


Oregon governor proposes minimum wage hike (higher in Portland)

SALEM, Ore. — In an effort to stave off two potential ballot measures this fall and put to rest months of aggressive debate with a compromise, Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday proposed a phased, two-tiered hike to the state minimum wage that has the support of the legislature’s top two officials.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest


Court set to dimish role of unions as a counterbalance in politics

Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Want quality early learning? Pay teachers

You may remember the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit from the mid-70's that started, "Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys." There's probably less chance to become a cowboy these days — but if you change the line to "Mammas, don't let your babies...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Snohomish city clerk retires after 21 years

SNOHOMISH — City clerk Torchie Corey has retired after 21 years of service to Snohomish. Human Resources manager Pat Adams took on the clerk's duties in January. The City Council combined the two jobs in December. It is expected to save Snohomish $120,000...

Date: 01/11/2016 | Local News


Many left behind by growth in U.S. economy

WASHINGTON — America is enjoying a stretch of stellar jobs reports, including Friday's announcement that the economy added 292,000 jobs in December. Job growth averaged 221,000 a month for 2015.The Obama administration trumpets the news that the last two years have...

Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire


Washington AG launches investigation into farm worker survey

SPOKANE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has launched an investigation into whether a business group improperly influenced answers to a state survey of wages and working conditions for farmworkers.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Northwest


Spokane area adds 8,800 higher-paying jobs in last 2 years

SPOKANE — The Spokane-Spokane Valley metropolitan area is seeing a growing number of jobs since the Great Recession in areas that pay above-average wages.

Date: 01/04/2016 | Northwest


Minimum wage in Seattle moves toward $15

SEATTLE — Seattle’s minimum wage takes another step toward $15 an hour Friday.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Northwest


‘Bad stuff’ over for retiring Everett emergency chief

EVERETT — His favorite part of the job was bringing people together.Or, as one friend put it, being "personality and presence in the middle of bad stuff happening."After 25 years, Dave DeHaan is retiring from the city of Everett. He started as a...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Local News


Work to create future of better wages, benefits

Is the future something that will happen to us? No, because as citizens in a democracy, we can make choices and put forward ideas that actually shape that future. So in anticipation of 2016, here are some ideas about how we as a people can shape our own future:In 1998 the...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Reversing the loss of State Patrol troopers

That the Washington State Patrol was losing officers to better-paying jobs with police and sheriff departments across the state has become clear in recent years.The State Patrol is authorized for 690 trooper positions, but currently only 580 are filled. And the drain of...

Date: 12/29/2015 | Editorials


State agency says farm worker survey answers were coached

YAKIMA — State officials say a survey on wage rates for farm workers appeared to be influenced by a business group’s “recommended answers” in an apparent attempt to keep standard minimum wages low.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Northwest


Applications for jobless aid dropped last week

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, reflecting a job market that continues to look persistently healthy.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire


Patch needed for teacher pay

The Legislature's 60-day sessions, which alternate with the longer biannual budget sessions, are where low expectations spend the winter.To reprise: The Legislature remains under a state Supreme Court contempt order and is being fined $100,000 a day for having failed to...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Editorials


Do more to ensure safety of corrections staff at Monroe

As we give thanks this holiday season, we must not forget to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our communities.While most of us will be spending the holidays with our families, thousands of correctional...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Commentary


Cuts to Everett Fire Department staffing would put public at risk

Gone are the days of merely responding to fire and medical emergencies; the modern fire department is an all-hazards response team dedicated to keeping the community safe.The Everett Fire Department has a history of adapting to the size and needs of the community, through...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Commentary


Last deep British coal mine closes

LONDON — Coal once fueled the British Empire, employed armies of men and shook the power of governments.On Friday, workers at Britain's last operating deep coal mine finished their final shift, emerging — soot-blackened and live on television news channels...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Business Wire


County workers ready to strike after rejecting contract offer

EVERETT — The union that represents most Snohomish County employees has rejected a new contract offer and signaled they're prepared to strike if no agreement is reached.Members voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to turn down the county's offer, union President Chris...

Date: 12/18/2015 | Local News


Fewer Americans filed for unemployment aid last week

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign of strength in the job market.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Business Wire


Chile moves to limit impact of airport strike

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s government is taking steps to limit the impact of a 48-hour strike by civil aviation authority workers.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire


Washington unemployment rate rises slightly

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.3 percent last month, but the state still saw an overall gain of 10,100 new jobs, state officials said Wednesday.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Business Wire


Fed raises key interest rate by a quarter point

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly lowered their projections for short-term interest rates over the next three years, a sign that policymakers may move slowly after their first rate increase in seven years.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Business Wire


Omak plywood mill to close early next year, affecting 175

OMAK — A plywood and veneer mill in north-central Washington is closing early next year, affecting about 175 workers.The owner, the Colville Tribal Federal Corp., said it is closing Omak Wood Products, citing factors including losing a major customer, the wildfires and falling plywood prices.

Date: 12/15/2015 | Northwest


Seattle becomes first U.S. city to let Uber drivers unionize

SEATTLE — Seattle on Monday became the first city in the nation to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest


Seattle considers letting Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

SEATTLE — Seattle could soon become the first city in the nation to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft form a union over pay and working conditions.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest


Seattle to decide whether to let Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

SEATTLE — Seattle may soon become the first city to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft collectively bargain over pay and working conditions, a move opposed by the companies and one seen as a test case for the changing 21st century workforce.

Date: 12/13/2015 | Business Wire


Tax cuts pile onto Oklahoma’s budget crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as Oklahoma’s economy was roaring thanks to an oil boom, Sarah Dougherty watched in disbelief as the Tulsa elementary school her children attend expanded class sizes and eliminated teachers because costly tax cuts and incentives ate up much of the surplus revenue.

Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World


Weatherman Willard Scott retiring

NEW YORK — With Willard Scott announcing his retirement, centenarians will have to look elsewhere for a salute.The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for 35 years, said Friday that he’s hanging it up. The morning show plans a tribute to his work Tuesday.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World


Police try new way of training

New method teaches officers to de-escalate situations

Date: 12/12/2015 | Northwest


Jobless aid requests up last week; levels still low

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. jobless aid climbed last week, but the number of Americans seeking benefits remains close to historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless aid rose 13,000 to a...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire


College degree was worth something after recession

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Great Recession, a meme took hold: That of the overeducated barista, unable to find a job in her field, working instead in a low or middle-skilled position just to get by. By 2011, more than half of college graduates under age 25 were jobless or...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire


In a split second

Mill worker talks safety to tech skill students

Date: 12/05/2015 | Local News


Seattle Weekly lays off 6 staffers, shifts to freelancers

SEATTLE — The Seattle Weekly will lay off six of its 21 employees at the end of the year.The Seattle Times reported the job cuts at the Weekly will largely affect the editorial and production departments.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Northwest


Texas jobs miracle fades as oil price slips

The "Texas Miracle" could become more like a mirage.For years, politicians in the second-largest state bragged that low taxes and loose regulations kept employment high while the rest of the country was mired in economic doldrums following the 2008 crash. Turns...

Date: 12/05/2015 | Business Wire


UAW wins union vote at Tennessee VW plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Skilled-trades workers at the Volkswagen’s lone U.S. plant on Friday voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, marking the union’s first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the South.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire


U.S. adds 211,000 jobs in November; Dow soars

WASHINGTON — If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire


High veteran unemployment appears to be in the past

Wal-Mart says it met its goal of hiring 100,000 military veterans and has upped its commitment to 250,000.A coalition of more than 200 other companies has scrapped its original objective of hiring 100,000 vets and vowed this month to make a million hires.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World


What’s behind L&I increases

Business owners don't want to see their rates increase; the question is whether they can plan well for their companies when rates swing widely up and down from one year to the next.The news Tuesday that the state Department of Labor and Industries had announced a 2 percent...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Editorials


Coca-Cola workers strike at Chicago-area plants

CHICAGO — Coca-Cola workers at two Chicago-area production plants went on strike Thursday to protest unfair labor practices including stall tactics and intimidation as they try to hash out a new contract with the beverage giant.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire


Private sector adds 217,000 jobs in November

WASHINGTON — Private-sector employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding 217,000 net new jobs in the best performance since June, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday.The job growth topped an upwardly revised 196,000 in October and was...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Business Wire


Take a ferry for a spin, sort of

Agency recruiting new employees to head off shortage

Date: 12/02/2015 | Local News


Ford to invest $1.3 billion at aluminum truck plant

DETROIT — Ford will spend $1.3 billion and add 2,000 jobs at its truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky, where it will make its next-generation Super Duty pickup.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Business Wire


Snitch sets the cops on gambling grannies

ORLANDO, Fla. — Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World


Applications for jobless benefits fall sharply

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the Labor Department said Wednesday, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Business Wire


Premera confirms job losses, but won't say how many

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Premera Blue Cross is eliminating jobs, but the company won't put a number on how many or release other details.Premera, one of the largest health insurers in the state, has been fielding questions this week from reporters about layoffs, said Eric...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Business


Shippers still harbor hopes for Port of Portland service

SALEM, Ore. — Severely diminished container service at the Port of Portland hasn’t yet irreversibly changed shipping strategies, but that pattern won’t hold forever, according to a freight expert.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest


Alcoa notifies state of layoffs in Ferndale, Wenatchee

<URL destination="http://goo.gl/W2tQtD">FERNDALE — Alcoa has given the state notice that it plans to lay off workers at two aluminum smelters in Ferndale and Wenatchee.The Bellingham Herald</URL> reported that Alcoa has filed a 60-day layoff notice for both facilities.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Northwest


Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

DETROIT — Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire


Payrolls increase in 40 states in October, led by California

WASHINGTON — Payrolls rose in 40 states and the unemployment rate fell in 32 as the U.S. labor market powered ahead in October.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire


Lake Stevens police commander files lawsuit claiming retaliation

LAKE STEVENS — The Lake Stevens police commander has filed a lawsuit against the city, saying he is being wrongfully fired in violation of employment laws.Dennis Taylor, 53, is accusing city leaders of trying to ruin his reputation as retaliation for how he managed...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Local News


UAW workers at Ford’s Chicago factory reject national deal

CHICAGO — Union workers at Ford’s assembly plant on the far South Side of Chicago have emphatically voted to reject a national contract that was described as the richest in the automaker’s history, dealing a serious blow to Ford’s hopes of ratifying the deal nationwide.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire


UAW leaders make push for Ford contract

DEARBORN, Michigan — The United Auto Workers union is making a last-ditch push for the union’s proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford’s plants.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire


State unemployment rate steady at 5.2 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent for the second month in a row.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire


Companies, unions were big backers of Community Transit measure

The political committee behind Community Transit’s successful sales tax measure received the bulk of its funding from companies and unions likely to benefit most when the new tax dollars start rolling in.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News


Oregon unemployment rate drops to 6 percent

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s jobless rate dipped to 6 percent in October, down from 6.2 percent the month before.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest


The time to live your life is now

My good friend, Steve, died last week, 8 months after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I spent many hours with him over these last months, trying to provide him with support and companionship. It was very painful to watch him slide toward his death. At the end of his life, the cancer had...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Life


U.S. employers advertise more job openings in September

WASHINGTON — Employers advertised more job openings in September but hiring was essentially unchanged.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Business Wire


Uneasiness looms over U.S. voters, poll finds

One year ahead of the presidential election, a pervasive disquiet has shaped voter attitudes, with a majority of Republicans pessimistic about moral values and the increasing diversity of the nation’s population and Democrats uneasy about an economy they see as tilted toward the rich.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World


Five myths about the baby boomer generation

There are 75.4 million baby boomers in the United States, people from 51 to 69 years old. They are the largest generation in American history, raised during the economic prosperity that followed World War II. Media and marketers have treated the generation as one enormous, monolithic group since...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World


Lufthansa cabin crews start strike with walkout

FRANKFURT, Germany — Deutsche Lufthansa cabin crews began a week of strikes with a nine-hour walkout in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf after talks with the German airline broke down over retirement terms.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire


United enters early talks with Machinists union

CHICAGO — United Airlines and employees represented by a machinists union on Friday said they would open contract negotiations more than a year early and expedite talks on a new deal. The airline also promised not to outsource the union’s jobs for the next three-plus years.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire


Ford, UAW reach tentative agreement on contract

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire


For good or ill, nature of work is changing

Robots make the perfect employee. They don't complain, they don't get sick, and, as of this writing, they don't have babies. When robots can do the job in today's economy, they get the job.When they can't, a human must suffice. You still need a human to make the perfect...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Debate over Medicare, Social Security, other benefits divides GOP

WASHINGTON - Republicans are openly feuding over whether to seek drastic changes to Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs, risking a potentially damaging intraparty battle ahead of the 2016 elections.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World


U.S. firms added 182,000 workers in October, ADP says

WASHINGTON - Companies added 182,000 workers in October, signaling steady improvement in the U.S. job market, according to a private report based on payrolls.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire


Feds offer new, free retirement plan

WASHINGTON — Starting this week, people who don't have access to a retirement savings plan at work will have an easier time setting aside cash.The myRA program, a government backed retirement plan first announced by President Barack Obama...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire


Kraft Heinz to close U.S., Canada factories

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kraft Heinz will close seven plants in the U.S. and Canada as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2,600 jobs, or roughly 14 percent of its North American factory workforce, the newly-merged food company announced Wednesday.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire


Challenge for state: Recruiting, retaining 147 new troopers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol is seeing its ranks depleted faster than can be replenished. It can't recruit enough new troopers to fill existing vacancies and newer...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Local News


Recalling Everett’s ‘complicated’ day

“The Everett Massacre was a disaster from any perspective.”

Date: 11/01/2015 | Julie Muhlstein


County’s unionized workers rally against Somers

EVERETT — Members of Snohomish County’s largest public employee union filled two baskets with dog treats Thursday and delivered them to Snohomish County Council chambers.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News


Jobless aid applications fall to 42-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely rose last week and the average level of applications in the past month fell to a 42-year low.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Business Wire


Fed keeps rate at record low; will consider December boost

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of threats from a weak global economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike in December.A statement the Fed issued...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Business Wire


Sanders urges Verizon to resolve local labor dispute

NEW YORK — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is wading into a labor dispute involving Verizon, urging the telecommunications giant to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 members of the Communications Workers of America.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Business




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