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Judge OKs Boeing retirement settlement

WICHITA, Kan. — Boeing will pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit filed by former Boeing workers over retirement and medical benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. jobless rate falls to a 7-year low

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed — a mixed bag of news that offers few clues to whether the Federal Reserve will raise rock-bottom interest rates later this month.The Labor Department report,...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Panel gives green light to unfair labor practices case against Roe

EVERETT — A state commission has found that an unfair labor practices complaint can move forward against Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Judge grants restraining order in Longview mill strike

LONGVIEW — A judge has issued a temporary restraining order in hopes of keeping the peace along picket lines outside a Longview box plant.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Southwest reaches contract with its pilots

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.Terms weren't disclosed Thursday.Leaders of the Southwest Airlines Pilots'...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Jobless aid applications rise to 282,000

WASHINGTON — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Professionals on tap for best salary boost in 8 years

Even as the landscape for wages looks bleak, at least one rung of the compensation ladder is doing just fine. And 2016 may be even better.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Business Wire

Private sector adds 190,000 jobs in August, ADP reports

WASHINGTON — Hiring by U.S. firms picked up a bit last month as the private sector added 190,000 net new jobs, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Business Wire

Everett teachers OK contract with nearly 8% pay raise

EVERETT — Teachers in the Everett School District voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to accept a new contract that will boost their salaries by nearly 8 percent in the next three years.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Local News

Franchises want more time to pay Seattle $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE — A lawyer for the International Franchise Association told a federal appeals panel on Tuesday that Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law unfairly discriminates against franchises, but a city attorney said the ordinance is fair and was designed to get more money into the pockets of workers as...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Home health-care workers have choice on union dues

While millions of Americans are enjoying their summer vacations, one group of workers is stuck at home with the A/C cranked up. Home-care workers, who look after much of the country’s sick, disabled, elderly and young rarely, if ever, get a vacation. In fact, for those of us looking after family...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion

NLRB ruling could be game changer for unions

Unions and other labor advocates are brainstorming strategies after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that could strengthen the hand of those at the lowest level of such industries as warehousing, construction, fast food and home health care.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Business Wire

Tax breaks not how to win better pay for workers

Peter Georgescu has a message he wants America's corporate and political elites to hear: "I'm scared," he said in a recent New York Times opinion piece.He adds that Paul Tudor Jones is scared, too, as is Ken Langone. And they are trying to get the Powers That Be...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary

Give teachers greater role in deciding how to teach

Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17 percent of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary

Consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire

Economy grows at robust rate in second quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a brisk pace during the spring quarter, an encouraging sign that economic momentum was building before the turmoil in financial markets.The nation's output of goods and services expanded at a 3.7 percent annual rate in the second...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Business Wire

Lunch often a last-second call for workers

Lunch may be one of the most important events of the workday, but a surprising number of workers give little or no thought to where they will go to eat until they are actually headed out of the office.Cleveland-based marketing services company WorkPlace Impact conducted a...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Business Wire

Everett-area unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington state's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in July, holding even with the national jobless rate, state officials said Wednesday.The latest report from the state's Employment Security Department shows that the jobless rate was unchanged from June,...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Business Wire

Threat of Boeing job moves might not be just a bluff

Was former Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s implied threat of moving jobs overseas if the U.S. Export-Import Bank isn’t reauthorized simply bluster?

Date: 08/13/2015 | Aerospace Blog

U.S. hiring reaches a six-month high in June

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to work.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire

Somers, Lovick clash over new contract for county employees

EVERETT — Wrangling over a new contract for Snohomish County government employees has created another ugly dust-up between two Democrats competing for the executive's job.Executive John Lovick's administration has been negotiating a three-year contract with the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

U.S. construction jobs on a big upswing

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn't get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression."I...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire

Worker slowly cooked to death; firm will pay $6 million

LOS ANGELES — Bumble Bee Foods agreed to pay $6 million to settle criminal charges Wednesday in the death of a worker who was cooked in an oven with tons of tuna.District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the settlement is the largest payout in a California workplace-violation death.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. tech workers fall in love with wacky job titles

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — It is a corporate feel-good movement sweeping the nation: titlemania.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Business Wire

I wore shorts to the office and nothing will ever be the same

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Men’s office attire needs to change.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract

NEW YORK — Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire

Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

WASHINGTON — Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don’t reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire

Worker pay shows smallest gain since 1982

WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. jobless aid requests up slightly

WASHINGTON — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

Clinton offers support for $12 minimum wage

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn’t have enough support.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire

What does it cost to boost fast food wages?

WASHINGTON — Would you pay 17 extra cents for a Big Mac if it meant the person who prepared it could earn a living wage? What about an extra 30 cents each time you ate out at any fast-food restaurant?These are the small prices we would have to pay on average to ensure...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire

State fines Seattle terminal operator for health, safety violations

SEATTLE — The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined a Seattle marine terminal operator more than $400,000 for more than 50 serious safety and health violations at its facility on Harbor Island.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest

Unions serve as scapegoat for Scott Walker

SAN DIEGO — "First off," Scott Walker proclaimed, "we took on the unions, and we won. We won!"Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tiny house, big benefits: Freedom from a mortgage — and stuff

America is having a big love affair with tiny houses. There are television shows: “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House Hunters.” There are movies: “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” and “Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary.” Pinterest has more than 900 boards devoted to tiny houses, and...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Life

Labor group cancels invite for Inslee over Boeing tensions

SEATTLE — The state’s largest labor organization has canceled a speaking invitation for Gov. Jay Inslee due to lingering tensions over Boeing tax breaks and a worker pension freeze.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Ex-union boss gets 19 years for arson, violence at worksites

PHILADELPHIA — A former Philadelphia union boss was sentenced Monday to more than 19 years in prison for overseeing violence, vandalism and intimidation at nonunion work sites, including a Quaker meetinghouse.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Oregon’s $15 minimum wage backers cleared to collect more signatures

SALEM, Ore. — A group seeking to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 an hour says it has collected enough valid signatures to qualify for a ballot title.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest

Jobless claims decrease for first time in 4 weeks

WASHINGTON — Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined last week for the first time in a month, heading back toward the lowest levels in more than a decade and signaling firings remain muted.Jobless claims fell 15,000 to 281,000 in the week ended July 11 from a...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

High court: Washington farmworkers entitled to break pay

SEATTLE — Farmworkers who are paid by how much they pick are entitled to separate, additional pay for their rest breaks, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous opinion that could have major implications for the state's agriculture industry — as well as...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Bush comment risks a label of Romney Redux

Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the...

Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bill would cut big-rig driver age to 18

WASHINGTON — Parents may hesitate to hand teens the keys to the family car, but Congress is proposing to allow drivers as young as 18 to get behind the wheel of big rigs on the nation’s interstates

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Applications for unemployment benefits climb

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying labor market weakness.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire

It's already been a year

Family and friends gather to remember Bradley Hogue

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Feds to require cameras in train cabs

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said it’s drafting rules to require that railroads install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of engineers.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. economy needs many more jobs

WASHINGTON — The economy is adding a lot of jobs, but still needs to add a lot more.That's the simple message of the latest jobs report, which was good, but not quite as good as the headline numbers suggest. Now, if you're a glass-half-full kind of person, you'd point...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Work ethic basis of success for ourselves and community

One of the most prized compliments any of my students can get is for someone to say that he or she has a strong work ethic. This description carries more weight than a host of other attributes — more than intelligence, more than strength, more than experience.A strong...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Commentary

Oregon’s retirement-age population growing fast

PORTLAND, Ore. — The retirement-age boom is well underway in Oregon.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest

Working harder to relax so we can work harder

We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking. The remaining quarter is for countering the ill effects of overworking. We do the latter not necessarily to...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Get behind trade, worker bills

The path toward trade bills that would allow the U.S. to secure pacts with 11 Pacific Rim nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had more uphill climbs and switchbacks than the Silk Road.Trade issues, specifically trade authority for President Obama and related worker...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Editorials

Kids, not pay, top list of reasons for teacher walkouts

A recent letter to the Herald chastises teachers for the one-day walk-outs that occurred around our state. The big complaint was that it inconvenienced parents, who are stressed finding childcare, while teachers are striking for more money (cost of living increases). But these strikes...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Commentary

UAW wants health-care pool of U.S. automakers to cut costs

The leader of the United Auto Workers said the union is looking at ways to reduce health-care costs at the three biggest U.S.-based automakers through a group that would include all of their hourly and salaried employees.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Business Wire

Goldman Sachs tells interns to take 7 hours off

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs is telling its summer interns to take the night off.Banking interns were instructed to leave the office by midnight and not return before 7 a.m., while also taking Saturdays off, Michael DuVally, a spokesman for the New York bank, said Wednesday.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire

State unemployment drops to 5.4 percent in May

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent last month, the first time it’s fallen below the national average since May 2014.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Business Wire

Running state on a sales tax grinds us down

It's a good time to talk about money, who has it and who doesn't, especially with the Legislature at loggerheads about the budget. Why? Because the taxes that fund our state's budget come largely from the money we all spend.Notice I said "money we all spend," not...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Paid family leave can offer many benefits

Paid family leave affects our country and our businesses and the personal lives of the parents trying to strive without it. The United States is one of only four nations in the world without a federal entitlement to paid leave for families (out of around 200 nations). So it is obvious...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Commentary

Time outside of class doesn't mean teachers aren't working

Last August, I was fortunate enough to secure a one-year teaching position as a physics and chemistry instructor in Snohomish County. Perhaps more fortunate is the fact that I spent the previous year, with the support of my parents and fiancee, completing a math/science masters in...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Commentary

House rejects Obama appeals, imperils trade bill

WASHINGTON — Led by union-backed Democrats, the House delivered a stinging blow to President Barack Obama on Friday and left his ambitious global trade agenda in serious doubt.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

OSHA urges transgender access to preferred bathrooms

WASHINGTON — The federal government is strongly urging employers to give transgender employees access to bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, marking a new policy front in the fast-moving campaign for transgender equality.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. wages increase by most since 2006

WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries advanced in the first quarter at the fastest pace since 2006, indicating American companies are having to offer bigger paychecks to attract skilled workers.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire

Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire

Proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 qualifies for Tacoma ballot

TACOMA — A citizen’s initiative to raise Tacoma’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has qualified for the November ballot.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Northwest

Relax, the U.S. jobs recovery is back

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy sure is adding a lot of jobs for something that's not supposed to be growing much, if at all.Specifically, it added 280,000 jobs in May, better than the 225,000 that were expected, and another 32,000 in revisions to previous months. This...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Business Wire

Noncompete agreements keep workers' pay low

In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.Originally designed to stop tech...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gawker website employees vote to unionize

NEW YORK — Gossip and news site Gawker Media employees say they have voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East, making it the first digital media outlet to organize.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

Jobless aid applications fall to 276,000

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that job cuts remain low as employers are confident enough in the business outlook to hold onto their staffs.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

L.A. approves landmark minimum wage increase

LOS ANGELES — Moving to the forefront of a national campaign to boost the incomes of low-wage workers, Los Angeles lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve an ordinance hiking the citywide minimum wage to at least $15 an hour by 2020.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. business hiring picks up in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year.

Date: 06/03/2015 | Business Wire

What if we set a maximum wage for CEOs?

It's an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against a strong minimum wage or decent pensions for everyday working people but don't even bat an eyelash at big-time CEOs who take home millions of dollars a year or outsource local jobs —...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Robot teaches retirement home exercise class

They aren't on Snapchat. They aren't livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won't be recording 360 videos from drones.Yet for residents of Vughterstede — average age 87 — technology isn't just the bastion of the young. When...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

New minimum wage: Let’s see what happens

Sometimes people ask me where I stand on economic policy. Am I a free-marketer or an interventionist? I tell them that I'm an identificationist.In statistics, "identification" just means separating two groups in order to tell if a treatment works. You give Group...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Business columnists

BNSF plans to furlough employees

BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway Co. says it’s planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network.The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees “as soon as business needs change.”

Date: 05/27/2015 | Business Wire

Want to reverse income inequality? Join a union

I am proud to be a card carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.It was not always thus. The Washington Post is an open shop, and I dropped my membership several years ago when the union was encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions to...

Date: 05/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate should do right by state workers

Investing wisely through our expenditures in education, transportation, research and development will help create opportunities for sustainable economic growth. To do so, however, we have to attract high quality employees to actually do the work.The people who keep our...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Commentary

Honor promise to help retirement of home care workers

Tens of thousands of home care workers in Washington state who do the demanding and critical work of care for seniors and people with disabilities do not have any retirement benefit. A fiscally responsible agreement was negotiated last year that funded a modest retirement contribution...

Date: 05/23/2015 | Commentary

Senate clears trade pact, highway funding

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

West Coast dockworkers ratify 5-year contract

LOS ANGELES — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

That cute new robot may take your job

Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

Was Amtrak engineer using his phone?

PHILADELPHIA — Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Nation & World

L.A. latest city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Business Wire

Time for action

Editorial: Enough with the statements on education funding

Date: 05/21/2015 | Editorials

State jobless rate drops to 5.5 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent last month, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, officials said Wednesday.The latest report from the state's Employment Security Department shows that the jobless rate dropped from March's 5.9...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire

Machinists consider second organizing effort at Boeing South Carolina

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is taking another run at organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina, reports the Puget Sound Business...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Aerospace Blog

State makes it easier to save for retirement

When you think about retirement, you can imagine a life in which you are freed from decades of work, having to put up with a bad boss or difficult co-workers, able to take your time waking up in the morning and go for a walk, a bicycle ride, garden, or just talk to your neighbors and...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pay raises and a Tubman $20

Time to tie up a couple of loose ends from earlier editorials.Poorly timed raise: In March, we advised the state Legislature to complete its work, including passage of state budgets...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Editorials

Suit challenges app tracking of worker phones

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Union appears to win vote at Boeing supplier in Everett

EVERETT — Workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens here apparently voted this week to organize as part of the Machinists union, which represents more than 30,000 Boeing employees around metro Puget Sound.The International Association of...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Business

Retirement choices are in sharper focus

Many current Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, are likely next year to face a difficult choice of retirement plans.It will be a decision as complex as the one being prepared by Congress for their active...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

Monroe teachers plan walkout Friday

Teachers are planning strikes in east Snohomish County on Friday.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

CEOs make 373 times what average workers earn

The average CEO made 373 times what the average American worker did in 2014, according to an annual study by the AFL-CIO.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. jobless claims fall to 15-year low

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average over the past month to the lowest level in 15 years and underscoring labor-market strength.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Business Wire

New councilman should recuse himself

Last month, the Edmonds City Council filled a vacant position on the council, selecting Michael Nelson, a resident of the Westgate neighborhood.All who serve in public office bring their own experience, biases and agendas. Our state is built on the populist principle of...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Commentary

Everett firefighter caught in sting had pattern of bad conduct

EVERETT — Looking back, there was a pattern.Pete Vier's troubling behaviors were well-documented long before the Everett firefighter was arrested in November in an underage sex sting. His bosses and colleagues say they were stunned when they heard Vier, 60,...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Local News

Use like terms to compare salaries

I am taken aback by the hostility expressed toward public school teachers in two recent letters to the Herald ("Accountability must play part,"

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary

Higher wage did not meet promises

It is axiomatic that a knowledge of history is necessary to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. When it comes to the minimum wage, Washington has a track record worth remembering.Amid heightened labor activism, however, state and local policymakers should carefully...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary

Christie’s pension fee problems bigger deal than bridge lanes

If after last week's Bridgegate indictments you thought Chris Christie was finally done as the focus of government investigations, think again. The Republican governor's administration in New Jersey is facing a whole new inquiry — this one involving hundreds of millions of...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Postal Service reports $1.5 billion loss

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have declined.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Nation & World

Teachers walk out

Snohomish educators protest funding and class sizes

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

Unemployment rate for blacks at 7-year low

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to single digits in April for the first time in nearly seven years. At the same time, the jobless rate among Asian-Americans rose for the first time in six months.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

House panel OKs 'blended' military retirement plan

Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelming April 29 to give future generations of service members something different from the all-or-nothing 20-year retirement system the military has relied on for...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

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