It’s been almost a year since Kroger and Albertsons announced a possible merger. Now a buyer has entered the picture - C & S Wholesale Grocers has plans to snap up 104 stores in Washington for a $1.9 billion. It all hinges on approval from the FTC, but for now C &S says it doesn’t plan any major changes for employees. Seattle Times reporter Paul Roberts is here to talk about what the sale could mean for local shoppers and workers.
Bold union demands, bolstered by a tight labor market and frustration throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, are paying off in some sectors with significant raises for workers.
Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with Seattle Times Jonathan Martin, PubliCola’s Erica Barnett, and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Alex Halverson.
Labor activists and farm workers gathered in downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon demonstrating for the right to organize a union at a mushroom farm in Central Washington.
Employers added 187,000 jobs in August, while the unemployemnt rate rose to 3.8%. The data indicates a steady labor market heading into the Labor Day weekend.
Teachers are striking in the Camas and Evergreen school districts near Vancouver. It affects over 30,000 students.
The case for the four-day work week is mounting, but most employers remain unconvinced. That could change as companies grapple with the rising cost of labor and a shortage of workers.
Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with Seattle Times Claudia Rowe, The Stranger’s Vivian McCall, and Geekwire’s Mike Lewis.