Giant Local Job Loss

Posted by Mike Turner on July 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Capital One announced plans Thursday to close its Tigard call center and eliminate 900 jobs.

It means Tigard will lose its largest employer and Oregon will suffer a layoff bigger than almost any other since the recession.

Family wage jobs will also go away.  Call center jobs pay $38,000 on average, about $7,000 above the statewide average.

Klein’s Say State Is Threatening Their Home in Sweet Cakes Saga

Posted by Jeremy Scott on July 8, 2015
sweet cakes

GRESHAM, Ore. — Refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding in 2013 because of their religious beliefs has already cost the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa big time.

Aaron and Melissa Klein have lost their business.  Now, Aaron tells KXL’s Lars Larson that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has ordered them to pay a $135,000 fine by this Friday …

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Portland Beer Hall Doing Away With Tips In Favor of Higher Wages

Posted by vstouffer on June 26, 2015
Kurt Huffman

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kurt Huffman will start his servers at $18 and other restaurant employees at $15 when The Loyal Legion beer hall opens July 8th.

KXL’s Val Stouffer talked with Kurt about what he sees as a business model for the future.

Mild Winter and Early Summer Set Tone for 2015 Oregon Wine Vintage

Posted by Brett Reckamp on June 23, 2015

WILLAMETTE VALLEY, Ore. — Oregon winemakers figure they are about two weeks ahead of schedule for 2015.  Michelle Kaufman with the Oregon Wine Board calls that “not necessarily a bad thing.”

The state’s winemakers making now famous Willamette Valley Pinot Noir’s expect to be harvesting large, fruity grapes this year, which Kaufman says will lead to a bold, fruit-forward and easy …

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Oregon Posts Jobs Decline for 1st Time Since September 2012

Posted by Associated Press on June 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon employers took a break when it came to hiring in May.

The Employment Department said Tuesday the state posted a seasonally adjusted decline of 1,400 jobs. It’s the first monthly drop since September 2012.

The department says most industries hired close to their normal numbers, but retailers were a notable exception. They added only 700 jobs last month …

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