Bonus Time

Posted by Steve Leader on January 26, 2015
Alaska Air jet

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees based in Portland today received their annual bonuses for 2014.

A spokeswoman for Alaska says 2,122 workers based here received the equivalent of about 5 weeks pay.  Bonuses are awarded for meeting specific, company-wide goals that include safety, customer satisfaction, and profit.

Bonuses were also paid today to Alaska/Horizon employees …

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Oregon Unemployment Rate Lowest In Six Years

Posted by Jeremy Scott on January 21, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s unemployment rate hasn’t been this low since August of 2008 and more people have found jobs over the past three months than any previous period since at least 1990.

The rate fell from 7% in November to 6.7 last month.

“Seven of the major industry sectors added at least 800 jobs in December.  It’s rare for so many industries to …

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Strike? “Probably”

Posted by Steve Leader on January 13, 2015
Port of Portland

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

It’s been eight months since the contract between the Longshore union and west coast shippers expired.  Progress toward a new deal is not happening.

According to FM News 101 political analyst Jim Moore, “What will probably happen is there will be a strike.”

If that happens, Moore says President Obama might invoke a rarely-used labor law to stop the …

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Turning Point in Oregon’s Job Market

Posted by Associated Press on December 16, 2014

SALEM, Ore. — The state Employment Department says a large increase in jobs in November has pushed Oregon employment totals above the peak reached before the Great Recession.

The agency said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted payroll figures for the month were 3,000 greater than in December 2007.

Total employment is estimated at more than 1.7 million.

The estimate for November’s gains was 11,200 …

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Busiest Mailing Day of The Year

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on December 15, 2014
Post office 2

PORTLAND, Ore. — Monday is the busiest mailing day of the year.  More than 640 million cards, letters, and packages will be processed nationwide.

With only ten days left until Christmas, customers are dealing with long lines and they’re getting a little grumpy because of it.

With more people shopping online, postal deliveries have increased 14% this year.  30 million extra pieces …

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