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Nordstrom closure hits hard in Alaska's biggest city

Seattle-based Nordstrom is closing stores as it – and other brick-and-mortar retailers – face big challenges in a world that’s turning more to online shopping. The store at Northgate Mall is shutting down on Aug. 9. And in Anchorage, Alaska, the company will close a 97,000-square-foot store at the city’s Fifth Avenue Mall by September. But in Alaska’s largest city, where Nordstrom arrived 44 years ago, the news hit particularly hard.


27 Jun 2019

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Premium collection to begin for Washington's new paid family and medical leave program

Workers might see a little more coming out of their paychecks starting Jan. 1, as employers begin collecting premiums for Washington's new paid family and medical leave program .


27 Dec 2018

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Analysis: Are Amazon's Bellevue plans really all about Seattle?

Amazon's plans to relocate one of its critical teams to Bellevue have prompted questions about the company's relationship with Seattle.


4 Apr 2019

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Licenses and limits: New short-term rental regulations take effect in Seattle

New short-term rental regulations are in effect in Seattle. Property owners, including those using online platforms such as Airbnb, now face limits on how many units they can rent and require an extra license to operate.


2 Jan 2019

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Boeing says it will suspend 737 MAX production; Renton businesses and workers react

Boeing plans to temporarily halt production of the 737 MAX in Renton beginning in January, but the company said there will not be any layoffs or furloughs at this time.


17 Dec 2019

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David Rolf Hands Off Reins At SEIU 775, Looks To Future Of Organizing

Longtime leader David Rolf is leaving his position as president of Service Employees International Union 775. First elected in 2003, he was the founding president of the local chapter.


12 Sep 2018

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'I foresee a hardship': Seattle-area businesses reckon with economic impacts of coronavirus

UPDATE, March 10: Adds information about Amazon's fund to help nearby small businesses and Gov. Jay Inslee's announcement about additional support for businesses and workers. For the Seattle region, the novel coronavirus presents a significant public health challenge — and also a threat to people’s livelihoods. The economic impact is already being felt. Hotels face cancellations, restaurants have empty tables, and a major economic driver for Seattle, the Emerald City Comic Con, which was set to start this week, has been postponed. Large employers including Microsoft and Amazon have asked employees to work from home, limiting commerce near their campuses.


10 Mar 2020

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Sterling Harders Takes Over As President Of SEIU 775

Services Employees International Union 775, a driving force for policy change throughout Washington state, has a new leader. Sterling Harders takes over as president of the local union Monday.


1 Oct 2018

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Port Angeles Puts Its Economic Eggs In Many Baskets

There’s a photo in the hallway of the Port of Port Angeles offices, just down the hall from the office of executive director Karen Goschen. It was taken in the 1980s, from a high angle, looking down at four ships moored at the dock. They’re surrounded by big collections of floating logs. “It is dramatically different than the number of vessels we have today,” Goschen said.


11 Jun 2018

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