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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National Inflation Jumps, Seattle Inflation Jumps Even Higher

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

Inflation JumpLast week’s BLS Report revealed a significant jump in the inflation rate. The April All Cities index was 2.0%, up from 1.0% in February. The Seattle index jumped from 1.3%, to 2.6% during the same two-month period. The numbers show CPI edging up over the past year:

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More Positive Outlook for Contract Negotiations as Economy Appears to Gather Some Momentum Going into 2014

By Jim Cline

Most of our recent blogs on economic developments have emphasized the modest nature of recent economic improvement, but a series of reports over the past few weeks have signaled that the economy may, at last, be gathering a bit of momentum as it heads into 2014. While the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate seemed to place a chill on the economy this fall, these new economic releases have often exceeded economists’ expectations and point to a possible improved economy in the year ahead. [Read more...]