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Disaster unemployment benefits now available

People who live or work in King, Lewis, Mason, Pierce and Thurston counties may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits if they lost their jobs or cannot work because of the storms and flooding that struck the region in January. They have until March 6, to apply for the benefits.

February 2009

Community Health Care 'resizes'

Community Health Care has announced plans to "re-size" its operations to match drops in its projected revenues caused by the down economy.

February 2009

TrueBlue reports quarterly loss

Tacoma-based TrueBlue Inc. reported a net loss of $46 million for the quarter. That loss is a drop from net income of $14.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2007 for the day-labor provider.

"The decline in demand for our services accelerated in the fourth quarter," said CEO Steve Cooper. "We will continue our focus on aggressive cost management and on maintaining our strong financial position. Labor markets have made extreme adjustments during this recession, and we have made corresponding adjustments to our cost structure. We are committed to continuing to connect people to work through our five blue-collar brands and to help our customers manage their labor needs through these turbulent times."

February 2009

Tacoma concrete plant fined for stormwater leaks

Hanson Pipe and Precast's facility in Tacoma was fined by the Washington Department of Ecology $147,000 for reported violations of its sand and gravel permit and failure to treat contaminated stormwater.

Inspectors tallied some 27 violations  between the second quarter of 2007 through the second quarter of 2008 at the South Orchard location. Hanson is one of the largest manufacturers of concrete products in North America.

February 2009


The Business Examiner would like to know what you think about the various stimulus packages that have already passed or are currently under discussion. Will they work? Are they wastes of taxpayer dollars? Are they too little, too much?

To reply to the poll, send an e-mail to Poll results will be published in Friday's BE Daily. 

February 2009

Coalition forming to protect infrastructure spending

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Port of Tacoma Executive Director Tim Farrell are assembling a coalition of business and government leaders to preserve regional transportation funding that is under threat as the state and federal budgets work their way through the political roadway.

The coalition will be the topic of a RAMP meeting tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at the Fabulich Center, at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road. RAMP, the Regional Access and Mobility Project, is a gathering of transportation-minded leaders from the South Sound that seeks improvements to the area's roadway and railways.

February 2009

Retailers want reform to start at health care costs, not mandates

A store owner testifying on behalf of the National Retail Federation told Congress today that efforts to make health care available to everyone should focus on lowering costs rather than mandating that employers provide coverage for their workers.

"We believe we can reach universal coverage - a goal we retailers share - without mandating that employers provide coverage," said Dave Ratner, owner of the four-store Dave's Soda and Pet City in Springfield, Mass. "The problem with employer mandates either to provide coverage or provide specific coverages is that they directly increase the cost of coverage and hence the cost of labor. Higher labor costs mean fewer employees... Who will pay the doctor bills if people don't have jobs?"

February 2009

Holmquist: broad bill could limit free speech, cost jobs

In a Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee hearing today, Republican Sen. Janea Holmquist of Moses Lake called on her Senate colleagues to reject a bill that would limit the free speech of employers and possibly violate the National Labor Relations Act.
Senate Bill 5446 would prohibit all communication and/or activities related to legislation, elected officials, candidates, religious holidays or charity drives. Employees would be able to sue employers who violate the provisions of this act for even sending out a notice regarding a charity drive.

February 2009

Anderson island blackout continues

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management has set up a command center at Anderson Island's general store as the residents and businesses set in for what could be a potentially lengthy power outage. Lights went out Saturday around the island just off shore of Steilacoom.

Tanner Electric Co. technicians reports that a problem in the underwater transmission line from the mainland to the island likely caused the outage.

February 2009

Storm victims may qualify for IRS relief

Victims of recent severe winter storms, landslides, mudslides and flooding in the South Sound may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

Following the severe weather last month, the federal government declared King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties a federal disaster area qualifying for individual assistance.

February 2009
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