Archive of: Work Force

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No discrimination allowed on benefits

Three of the state's foremost enforcement officers made plain in a letter to employers today: Discrimination is not allowed for employee benefits offered to same-sex spouses.

June 2014

Workplace injuries, work-focused care givers

Injured workers in Washington state can now choose from more than 20,000 health-care providers in the Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) medical network.

May 2014

Seattle’s $15 wage = suburban opportunity

A statewide survey of more than 1,000 employers suggests that Seattle’s adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage will bring new business opportunities to surrounding communities.

May 2014

Tacoma next target of $15 wage drive

Fresh off an apparent victory in Seattle, proponents of a $15 per hour minimum wage say they are now heading to Tacoma. A group calling itself “Fighting for Working Families” will hold a rally tomorrow, May 3, at 1 p.m.

May 2014

IAM inks pact with AIM Sumner

International Association of Machinists Local 751 reports the ratification of a first-time contract with AIM Aerospace in Sumner that brings a 5.6 percent average wage increase and improved benefits.

April 2014

From BE: Thurston grows private jobs

State Job Service data is showing that private sector jobs in Thurston County grew at a faster rate during 2013 than did neighboring Pierce, Lewis or Mason Counties.

April 2014

Jobs report continues improvement

Preliminary data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released today shows 6,700 more jobs in Washington state in March than in February, with a statewide unemployment rate staying steady at 6.3 percent.

April 2014

State employment picture brightens in March

A small improvement in the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate began in February and was matched in March, according to revised and preliminary estimates by economists with the state’s Employment Security Department.

April 2014

TrueBlue again named to ‘Trustworthy’ list

For the third time, TrueBlue Inc. of Tacoma, a leading supplier of blue-collar temporary labor nationwide, has been named to the Forbes magazine 2014 list of 100 “Most Trustworthy Companies.”

April 2014

More jobs in March, jobless rate unchanged

Employers added some 192,000 new jobs in March, according to data released this morning by the U.S. Labor Department. But that is a little less than was reported for February.

April 2014
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