Labor & Employment


Labor & Employment Briefs – November 2022

Teamsters affiliate to advise rideshare workers Drivers Union, a Tukwila nonprofit associated with Teamsters Local 117, has inked a $5.4...
IBEW 112, together with the Spokane-based Inland Empire chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, plans to build a $7.5 million Joint Apprentice Training Center at 142 N. Edison St. in Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Union electricians, contractors to build $7.5 million training center

The Tri-City chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is preparing to build a Joint Apprentice Training Center in...
Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland is offering a series of professional development classes geared toward businesses, including classes about wine tasting and managing frontline workers. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

WSU Tri-Cities expands course offerings to meet business needs

Washington State University Tri-Cities is rolling out professional training focused on the needs of Tri-City businesses. The expanded workforce training...

Participation in local labor force has declined but has now stabilized

What’s at stake over a once obscure economic measure – the labor force participation rate? The quick answer: A lot...
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Union membership inches up in Washington state

A top priority for Washington’s public sector employees will be lobbying the 2023 Legislature to fund contracts negotiated this year...
John Landefeld, executive vice president and managing director, Bruker Inc., holds a device that provides instant analysis of the elemental content of whatever it is pointed at: machine parts, scrap metal, marine oil, consumer products, soils, archaeological material and even fine art. Bruker is closing its Kennewick business as part of a global reorganization, and Landefeld hopes to help his staff find jobs elsewhere. (Courtesy Bruker Inc.)

Work wanted: Tech manager seeks jobs for staff as company reorganizes

A profitable Kennewick technology business is being closed by its parent as part of a global reorganization blamed on the...

Labor & Employment Briefs – November 2021

L&I proposes 6% hike for contractor fees The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is considering raising the fee...

Supply chain, labor shortage pose big challenges for state manufacturers

More than a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, it’s clear that Washington manufacturers are contending with two issues that appear likely...

Starting a side business? Forming LLC could be a good first step

“Corporation, n., an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”–Ambrose Bierce, the Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary.   Regrettably, Limited...

Q&A with Jason Mercier

Washington Policy Center Government Reform Director Jason Mercier What is the Washington Policy Center? Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an...

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