Seattle CPI Still Appears to Retain Edge over All-Cities CPI Index

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

seattleIn our last blog we reported that the Seattle CPI-W index had dipped slightly to fall closer in line with the national (All-Cities) index.  The June Seattle Index was reported at 2.2 while the All-Cities index was 2.0%.

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Influential June CPI Number Released this Last Week Shows Seattle Number Moderates to an Inflation Rate Closer to National Rate

by Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

food-cost1The one CPI Report that most heavily influences the course of negotiations is the June CPI Report and it was just released this last week.

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Fed Research Paper Suggests Possible Rise in Inflation

By Jim Cline

inflationA just released paper from the Federal Reserve Bank points to a possible upward drift in the inflation rate.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part VII: Port Angeles Police Arbitration

By Jim Cline

Employer_vs_employeeThis is the seventh and final article in a series of articles on recent Interest Arbitration decisions.  A summary of all recent arbitration decisions since 2008 is available on the Premium website. This is a decision by Arbitrator Timothy Williams involving Port Angeles Police.  The award was issued in April of this year.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part VI: Spokane Transit Arbitration

By Jim Cline

Wage IncreaseThis is the sixth in a series of articles on recent Interest Arbitration decisions.  A summary of all recent arbitration decisions since 2008 is available on the Premium website.  This is a decision by Arbitrator Howell Lankford concerning Spokane Transit Authority Paratransit Operators.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part V: Everett Firefighters Arbitration

By Jim Cline

fire clothesThis is the fifth in a series of articles on recent Interest Arbitration decisions.  A summary of all recent arbitration decisions since 2008 is available on the Premium website.  This is a decision by Arbitrator Ken Latsch concerning the Everett Firefighters.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part IV: Vancouver Police Guild Arbitration

By Jim Cline

penniesThis is the fourth in a series of articles on recent Interest Arbitration decisions.  A summary of all recent arbitration decisions since 2008 is available on the Premium website.  This is a decision by Arbitrator Gary Axon concerning Vancouver police officers.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part III: Intercity (Thurston) Transit Decision

By Jim Cline

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This is the third in a series of articles on recent Interest Arbitration decisions.  A summary of all recent arbitration decisions since 2008 is available on the Premium website.  This is a decision by Howell Lankford concerning InterCity transit operators in Thurston County.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part II: Island County Corrections Decision

By: Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

Negotiator_ActionThis is the second in a series of articles on recent Interest Arbitration decisions.  A summary of all recent arbitration decisions since 2008 is available on the Premium website.  This is a decision by Katrina Boedeker concerning Island County Corrections Officers.

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Interest Arbitration Series Part I: Lynnwood Firefighters Decision

By: Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

FirefighterThis article is the first in a series summarizing recent Interest Arbitration decisions that have occurred over the past year. The series itself focuses on the extent to which arbitrators are, or are not, providing more expansive awards in the post-Great Recession era. A summary of the Economic Elements of Arbitration Awards from 2008 to the current time is posted and available on our premium website.

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