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Boeing workers sign contracts

With one of the largest ballot returns in union history, engineers and technical workers approved new four-year contracts with The Boeing Co. The agreements took effect at midnight and run to 2012.

At stake were contracts covering nearly 20,400 engineers and technical workers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

December 2008

Jobless rate continues to climb around nation

Unemployment rates were higher in October than a year earlier in 361 of the 369 metropolitan areas and lower in just eight areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Thirteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 10 percent, while 11 areas registered rates below 3 percent. The national unemployment rate in October was 6.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted, up from 4.4 percent a year earlier.  

December 2008

Boeing union contracts set for Monday vote

The outcome of union contracts covering nearly 20,400 engineers and technical workers at The Boeing Company will be decided on Monday, when the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace counts member ballots.

Two contracts are involved in the negotiations. The first covers 13,898 engineers in the SPEEA Professional Bargaining Unit. The second contract covers 6,576 technical workers in the union's Technical Bargaining Unit. While the majority of workers are in the Puget Sound region, the contracts cover employees in Oregon, Utah and California. Both contracts expire Dec. 1.

November 2008

Port wants plans for East Bay

Port of Olympia officials have issued a request for qualifications from development firms and potential end users for mixed-use development of six parcels in the East Bay District, the downtown Olympia waterfront property adjacent to State Avenue.
"Given the location of these parcels, particularly with their close proximity to the planned public plaza, expanded children's museum, and LOTT's educational facilities, we are pleased to be placing the remaining East Bay District properties on the market to ultimately determine the interest and capabilities within the development community to advance the redevelopment program," said Commission President Bill McGregor.

November 2008

Maersk shuffle to mean fewer ships to Tacoma

Maersk Line has announced an agreement with France-based CMA-CGA that would mean by as early as this spring some of the vessels currently docking in Tacoma will be headed to Seattle instead.

Maersk is currently a customer of APM Terminals, which leases land from Port of Tacoma.

The recent agreement means that Maersk's cargo volumes currently handled at that terminal will begin moving through the Seattle waters instead, since that is where CMA-CGM currently calls. This shift is expected to happen in mid-2009.

November 2008

Flow gains minority ownership in Chinese firm

Flow International Corp., a Kent-based developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, announced today that it has agreed to purchase a $2 million minority ownership position in Dardi International Corporation, China's leading waterjet manufacturer.

Dardi is a waterjet supplier for the "economy" segment of the market, and the largest volume producer of waterjets in Asia with three factories located near Nanjing, China. In September, Flow introduced the privately held company as the new supplier of its economy segment product line. By establishing a minority equity position with Dardi, Flow gains further access to Dardi's low cost factories as well as its extensive distribution network in China.

November 2008
Investigation steps up in bar holdup

Investigation steps up in bar holdup

Lakewood police detectives are looking for two men who robbed Oh! Gallagher's Sports Pub at gunpoint on Nov. 14. The crime was recorded on the tavern's surveillance system.

The two men were wearing ski masks when they entered the bar at the corner of Lakewood Drive and 74th Street at about 7:15 p.m. One of the men demanded that the bar patrons stand against the wall, where he then searched them for valuables to take. The second gunman pointed a sub machine gun pistol at the bartender's head and demanded that she open the cash register.

November 2008

Nursing shortage continues in South Sound

When the economy is struggling and unemployment is on the rise, there is still one profession that is actively recruiting.

The Washington State Department of Labor reports that there are nearly 5,000 Registered Nurse vacancies today, and this could grow to 30,000, if nothing changes by the year 2020. There simply are not enough nurses to care for the growing number of patients.  This shortage is only predicted to worsen in the coming decades. Locally, there are 241 Registered Nurse vacancies in Pierce County alone.

November 2008

Pierce budget punches new holes for belt tightening

The core functions of Pierce County government will stay largely intact in a 2009 budget that reflects the current economic downturn and drop in tax revenue to fund those services.

The County Council unanimously approved its version of the $854.5 million plan last night.

"Our core services - public safety, criminal justice and transportation - were left whole in this budget," said Council Chair Terry Lee, who noted that road improvements scheduled for next year will continue as planned. "Unfortunately, that meant that our other departments and programs had to take a more serious cut."

November 2008

State fares well in competitive ranking

State economists released the latest Economic Climate Study for Washington and concluded that the state is doing well on key economic indicators used to determine the business climate in the state.

The study provides information about Washington's competitive standing in relation to the other U.S. states. It is based on the premise that, while improving productivity is primarily the domain of Washington's business sector, appropriate state and local policies, particularly those relating to education, public safety, infrastructure, cost of doing business and the environment, are essential to promoting higher standards of living.

November 2008
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