Labor http://nwpr.org en Why Won't This McDonalds Move 20 Feet Into Lower-Wage Idaho? http://nwpr.org/post/why-wont-mcdonalds-move-20-feet-lower-wage-idaho <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/050713JR_MinimumWage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The border between the states of Washington and Idaho is like a petri dish for what the minimum wage does to the economy. That’s where two extremes meet. Idaho has the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. While Washington’s? It’s nearly $2 more -- the highest in the nation.<p>You might expect that wage gap to send Washington border businesses fleeing over to Idaho. But that's not what's happening.<p>Idahoans like Ron Mendive pride themselves on having a business-friendly state. Mon, 13 May 2013 14:10:24 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27413 at http://nwpr.org Why Won't This McDonalds Move 20 Feet Into Lower-Wage Idaho? NW Wheat Growers Hope For Resolution At Grain Terminals http://nwpr.org/post/nw-wheat-growers-hope-resolution-grain-terminals <p>Northwest wheat growers are hoping for a swift resolution to a labor dispute that could keep their grain from reaching the world market. Grain terminals remain open in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle, even though the terminals' owners have implemented a contract offer unionized longshoremen rejected. Jessica Robinson has more. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:19:29 +0000 Jessica Robinson 20394 at http://nwpr.org New Aerospace Jobs Highlight Wash. Skills Gap http://nwpr.org/post/new-aerospace-jobs-highlight-wash-skills-gap <p>Two aerospace companies plan to expand their operations in Washington. Gov. Chris Gregoire made that announcement Monday from the Farnborough Air Show in London. But the news highlights a gap between the legions of unemployed and the skills they need for many new jobs. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 22:46:44 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11352 at http://nwpr.org New Aerospace Jobs Highlight Wash. Skills Gap Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-farmers-shop-keeps-wait-anxiously-cherry-workers <p>With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy &ndash; it&rsquo;s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that&rsquo;s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Cherry season started this past week, and as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers and shop-keeps alike are anxiously waiting for more workers to arrive. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:06:33 +0000 Anna King 10186 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers Northwest Apple Crop Looks Good So Far, If Farmers Can Get It Picked http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-apple-crop-looks-good-so-far-if-farmers-can-get-it-picked <p>Northwest apple growers expect a bumper crop this year in combination with higher prices. But as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers are worried they won&rsquo;t have enough workers to pick the apples at peak ripeness. Tue, 15 May 2012 13:04:47 +0000 Anna King 8327 at http://nwpr.org Tentative Labor Deal Averts Western Wash. Refinery Strikes http://nwpr.org/post/tentative-labor-deal-averts-western-wash-refinery-strikes <p>FERNDALE, Wash. -- The United Steelworkers Union has reached a tentative deal with oil companies to avert a possible strike at dozens of refineries, including three important ones in the Northwest. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:33:51 +0000 Tom Banse 2343 at http://nwpr.org Tentative Labor Deal Averts Western Wash. Refinery Strikes