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The court decision rejecting legislative changes to the Public Employee Retirement System could increase pension costs by $358 million in the 2017-19 biennium.
The unemployment rate in Crook County jumped to the highest in the state last month following layoffs at a mill in Prineville.
Last November the Woodgrain Mill shut down most of its operation in Prineville and laid off nearly 200 workers, after the mill's roof collapsed. Now, both the community and laid-off workers are struggling to recover.
Oregon authorities received notice Monday that a nursery operation in Washington County is closing, eliminating 100 jobs.
Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe says his office will be able to avoid layoffs this summer, but only because of losing staff to attrition.
After a 17-year layoff, the emo band's new single is the sound of musicians who've grown gracefully.
An intriguing live week of upstarts, legends, and those somewhere in between descends upon the area this week, including British takes on neo-folk and neo-soul, post-punks on a never-ending "mission," a bluegrass beauty and her Zeppelin beast, and more.
Oregon Arts Watch Editor Barry Johnson shares his thoughts about A Noble Failure, Susan Mach's smart, sharp and polished play, which recently premiered at Third Rail Repertory Theatre.
Washington state released their latest unemployment figures today. Oregon is expected to follow later this week and Oregon's news — much like Washington's — is not expected to be good. More and more people are losing their jobs as the economy continues to slide. What about people who are not being laid off, but whose employers are starting to feel the pinch? Some companies are cutting salaries by five or ten percent. (That may not sound like much, but if you're living paycheck to paycheck it may mean a present-less birthday party for your daughter or a missed mortgage payment.) Other companies are lapsing on their employees' medical insurance payments. How are you being chipped away at in this economy? How are those small changes changing your life?
Beginning next month, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) will be eliminating 50 positions from their flagship factory in Tillamook. The layoffs come as an attempt to reduce the high transportation costs associated with shipping cheese across the nation. Beyond saving money, TCCA hopes the cuts will improve overall efficiency as well. Starting February, only 40 percent of the cheese will be packaged at the factory, and the rest out of state, closer to its final destination. As a result up to half of the packaging department in Tillamook will lose their jobs. With a population of roughly 4,500 residents, and few family wage jobs available, a cut of 50 positions will have a large impact on the local community. Already the Tillamook Cheese Facebook page has been immersed with comments regarding the announcement, including strategies as to how Tillamook could avoid these reductions. TCCA has been active in defending their decision. The company is claiming that the cuts are necessary to remain competitive within the market place, and to deal with their growing customer base out with the Northwestern states. TCCA hopes that natural attrition within the workforce and retirements will account for some of the cuts, and states that Tillamook will always remain as the home and headquarters of the TCCA.
Union County is more diversified than many rural communities — with people employed in timber, agriculture, education, government, and manufacturing — but it's still feeling the pain of the recession. Boise Cascade just announced that it will close its La Grande mill in about two months, resulting in 120 layoffs (about 225 people in Union County lost their jobs when Boise Cascade made cut backs earlier this year). And Dixie Lund, the president of Eastern Oregon University, says the Boise Cascade closure has sent a "ripple of fear through the community." With an unemployment rate already over 14 percent, how does a rural community like La Grande face the challenge of a global economic crisis? How will this recession change Union County?
Well, it's time for yet another scheduling change. We're setting aside our Geithner confirmation show to jump on some pressing regional news: layoffs at Intel and Microsoft, and the closure of the Bank of Clark County. Oh, and an Oregon unemployment rate that, at 9 percent, has set a dubious 23-year record.