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Employers pay for government shortages

The "hidden tax" on employers and privately insured families created by underpayments for Medicare and Medicaid was given new attention today with the release of a study. According to the new research, $88.8 billion in government underpayments are shifted to the private sector annually -- or about 15 percent of the costs of private insurance premiums.

December 2008

State suggests 'shared work'

The state Employment Security Department held a news conference in Yakima today to promote its Shared-Work Program. The program offers Washington employers an alternative to laying off skilled employees when they're experiencing a slow-down.

State officials said an employer can reduce employees' hours up to 50 percent, and qualified workers may receive partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.

December 2008

Financial crunch hits higher education

As the governor's budget-cutting edict is being digested by public colleges and universities in Washington, major private higher education campuses are facing their own financial squeezes.

Private schools financially rely on investment earnings, tuition payments and alumni gifts, said Sherry Mondou, vice president for finance and administration at the University of Puget Sound. Unfortunately, she said, it appears UPS may be hit on all fronts.

December 2008

Five high schools go to college

Washington Business Week, a hands-on business leadership training program for high school students, will bring more than 500 students to the campus of Centralia College from Dec. 15 to 19. Students from Centralia, WF West, Toledo, Napavine and Winlock high schools will learn about the Free Enterprise system from managers and other employees of local Lewis County companies.

This year's Business Week is expected to see the largest turnout of high school participants since it began in the area seven years ago. This is the first year the program will be staged on the Centralia College campus.

December 2008

UWT announces seamanship course

Seasoned mariners and recreational boaters alike will receive world-class training in a course offered by the UW Tacoma Continuing Education program. Capt. Skip Anderson, lead instructor for the course, said it's designed to give boaters the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are well prepared. As added incentive, he noted that industry professionals look for licensed graduates of these courses for prospective employees.

December 2008

Intel's employees donate more in 2008

Intel Corp. recently completed its 2008 Community Giving Campaign with a 15-percent increase in donations.

December 2008

Coffee Break: Auto woes

Several of the nation's top car makers have asked Congress for a slice of the bailout pie in an effort to buoy up their floundering automobile manufacturing sector.

December 2008

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
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