Ashley Gross en Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers <a href="">narrowly approved</a> an offer to<strong> </strong>build the company's new airliner, the 777X.<p>Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who had gathered had wanted to reject the offer. But they were in a tight spot. They risked losing the bid to one of the 21 states hoping to step in.<p>Washington state ultimately managed to keep the jobs. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:12:20 +0000 Ashley Gross 52402 at Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs In recent years, companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing have announced special hiring programs for veterans. Seattle coffee giant Starbucks is the latest.<p>All of these companies are trying to bring down a stubbornly high unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But to succeed, companies have to take the time to understand the skills of service members.<p>For 37 years, Carrol Stripling served in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, mostly as a paralegal. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:02:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 47254 at Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls <em>The Washington Post</em> and the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> recently said they will start <a href="">charging readers</a> for online content, joining big papers like <em>The New York Times</em> and <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:34:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 32026 at Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike Boeing is scrambling to figure out why batteries malfunctioned on its 787, prompting officials to ground the airplane this month. And at a time when Boeing most needs its skilled engineers, they're weighing a possible strike. Union leaders are considering the company's final contract offer.<p>The standoff between Boeing and about 23,000 engineers and technicians — mostly in the Seattle region — has been brewing for months. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:16:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 28234 at Stores Banking On Personalized Loyalty Programs Loyalty cards have long given discounts to shoppers who sign up, but stores are increasingly offering personalized discounts tailored to each customer's shopping patterns.<p>Those tailored discounts mean someone standing in front of you at the supermarket checkout line might get a lower price on the exact same gallon of milk that you're buying.<p><strong>A 'Secret Deal'</strong><p>Heather Kulper is one of those people who really wants to get a good deal. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 18114 at