Labor

Minimum Wage Workers
7:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Why Won't This McDonalds Move 20 Feet Into Lower-Wage Idaho?

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:00 pm

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.

You might expect that wage gap to send Washington border businesses fleeing over to Idaho. But that's not what's happening.

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Grain Terminal Dispute
6:19 am
Fri December 28, 2012

NW Wheat Growers Hope For Resolution At Grain Terminals

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.

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Skills Gap In Washington
3:46 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

New Aerospace Jobs Highlight Wash. Skills Gap

Boeing's Everett, Wash. factory.
Boeing

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.

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Cherry Picker Shortage
7:06 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers

The first cherries of the season are coming off the trees in Northwest orchard country, but will there be enough workers to pick them?

With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy – it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’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.

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Apple Harvest
6:04 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Northwest Apple Crop Looks Good So Far, If Farmers Can Get It Picked

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’t have enough workers to pick the apples at peak ripeness.

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Washington Refinery Strike
6:33 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Tentative Labor Deal Averts Western Wash. Refinery Strikes

ConocoPhillips oil refinery at Cherry Point, Washington.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

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.

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