Shipping Giant Hanjin Pulling out of Portland

Posted by Associated Press on February 11, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Port of Portland officials say a South Korean shipping company that is the port’s largest container carrier will be terminating its service with the city, but will continue to use rail and truck transportation.

Port spokesman Josh Thomas said Tuesday that Hanjin Shipping notified the port and customers it will withdraw services on March 9. Hanjin handles nearly …

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Beer Glass Featuring Mount Hood

Posted by Pat Boyle on February 3, 2015
mt hood glass

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three friends who like their craft beer and the great outdoors are hoping to produce a beer glass that features Mount Hood in the bottom of it.

They are asking for $15,000 through a Kickstarter campaign and have received more than $126,000 with 29 days left to go.

Their company is called North Drinkware.  They say they wanted a glass …

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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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