Upcoming Fred Meyer union vote marks culmination of recent organizing push

BY: - July 11, 2023

The merchandise department at a Fred Meyer store in Lacey is the last non-union holdout among the major retail chain’s stores in a six-county swath of western Washington — but that may change after workers there hold a union election on Thursday.  If the effort succeeds, employees in the store’s general merchandise wing will join […]

Wage growth in WA slows, but average remains over $80k

BY: - June 28, 2023

The average annual wage for workers in Washington was $84,167 in 2022, up 2% from the previous year, according to the state Employment Security Department.  That’s a lower growth rate than in previous years, likely due in part to cuts in the tech sector. Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Meta and Google all announced significant layoffs in […]