Business

Business
6:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

No Computer? Startup Lets Job Applicants Apply Via Texting

Jobaline lets people apply for jobs via text messaging from a flip phone.
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Many of us are connected to the Internet almost all the time. But there are still lots of people who have no way to get online and for them, it can be hard to find a job in this increasingly digital world. It can also be hard for employers to find those workers.

Now, one startup in Kirkland aims to help people apply for jobs using nothing more than an ordinary flip phone. 

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boeing
9:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

JAL Makes First Purchase from Airbus, Not Boeing

File - A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 taxis to the runway at Logan International Airport in Boston on its inaugural, non-stop flight from Boston to Tokyo, Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Michael Dwyer AP Photo

Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion) with a purchase of 31 A350 planes.

JAL's fleet has been dominated by Boeing Co. offerings, partly because of the ties between Japan and the U.S. that span decades and include security arrangements.

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Business
4:13 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Foss Maritime to Take Over Former Pulp Mill Site in Everett

The old Kimberly-Clark pulp mill site in Everett is getting a new lease on life. Foss Maritime plans to relocate its shipbuilding facility from Seattle to the 66-acre property on the Everett waterfront.

Foss's parent company Saltchuk has signed a purchase and sales agreement with Kimberly-Clark.  

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Microsoft
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the year through June as the software giant cited falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet.

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Amazon jobs
10:09 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers

Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.

The world's largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year's 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.

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Boeing Dreamliner
3:26 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

LOT 787 Dreamliner Diverted Due to Antenna Issue

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Czarek Sokolowski AP Photo

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland's LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna.

The antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT sent parts and personnel to Iceland to fix the problem, a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement. The airplane maker was ready to help if needed, he said.

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Business
10:21 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Local Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Bob B. Brown

With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.

The union members said they're upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added that a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.

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Coal Exporting
8:16 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Coal Giant's Financials Reveal Export Weakness

Cloud Peak Energy mining coal in the Powder River Basin
Cloud Peak Energy

 

This year, falling coal prices have raised questions about whether the controversial coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest would pencil out. Now, an analysis of one major coal company's finances shows it could be more profitable to bet against coal than to actually export it.

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Business
7:46 am
Wed September 25, 2013

King County Executive Holds the Line on Services After Years of Cuts

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed a budget that holds the line on county services after years of cuts in the wake of the recession.

Constantine said the county has reduced costs by measures ranging from updating equipment to urging employees to use generic medicines. He said his agencies are also trying to limit red tape and speed up things like license renewals.

"We have saved a cumulative $111 million in the General Fund alone, and that money is today preserving services for the public," Constantine said.

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Business
5:59 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fast Food Worker Challenges Firing, but Faces Uphill Battle

Carlos Hernandez has filed charges against his employer, Subway, for what he says was an illegal firing
Ashley Gross KPLU

 (Update 9/25/13: Adds comment from Subway franchise owner Hasan Zeer.)

A worker fired from a Subway sandwich shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has filed charges saying it was illegal retaliation for going on strike. But experts say fighting that kind of legal battle can take years.

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Business
3:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Is Seattle Heading for a Grocery Store Strike?

QFC, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Albertsons are in the middle of contentious bargaining with about 30,000 workers
Bob B. Brown

About 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region will be voting next week on whether to authorize a strike. That’s after the bargaining team decided to recommend a strike vote, saying they made no progress in bargaining earlier this week.

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Business
3:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Teamsters Say Darigold Walked Out of Negotiations

Roadsidepictures

Seattle’s big dairy cooperative, Darigold, is once again facing worker unrest. The Teamsters have filed an unfair labor practice charge, saying the company walked out of negotiations with a mediator. 

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starbucks and guns
9:32 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.

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boeing
3:20 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

First Variant of Boeing 787 Takes Off

A Boeing 787-9 starts to take off Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The first addition to the Boeing 787 family has taken to the skies.

The 787-9 took off Tuesday morning from Paine Field, near the Everett factory where the plane was assembled.

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labor dispute
9:37 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Longshoremen Take Down Picket Line; Bertha to Resume Digging

WSDOT

The tunnel-boring machine known as Big Bertha will resume digging after longshoremen agreed to remove their picket line which had been in place since Aug. 20.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 agreed to let the project resume despite an unresolved labor dispute with the project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, over four jobs.

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