Wage Series Part 4: How Do Your Wages Stack Up: Statewide Commissioned City and County Wage Rankings

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

payIn part 4 of our on-going wage series we now turn to the rankings of County Deputy and City Police Officer rankings throughout the State. This series always produces both expected and unexpected information about the relative standing of jurisdictions.

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Wage Series Part 3: Current economic conditions — Weak National Economy Creates Uncertainty for Local Economies

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

contract negsThis is the third article in our 11 part series reporting on contract settlement trends.  This article highlights some of the recent economic developments most likely to impact your negotiations outlook.

In our recent Blog, we noted the recent improvement in the Seattle economy  as reported in the February “Economic and Revenue Update” from the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (WSERFC).   Washington employment was slightly higher than forecast; housing construction improved; Seattle area home prices continue to rise; and Washington exports reached an all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Wage Series Part 2: Recent Wage Settlement Trends in Washington Public Safety Labor Contracts — An Ever So Slightly Rising Trend Line

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

seattle reflectionThis is the second part of our 11 part Summer 2015 wage series.  In this article we take a look at recent contract settlements and examine how those trends vary from recent previous years.  Our view of 2013 and 2014 settlements and what we have so far from 2015 indicates that the Washington State public safety employee wages are a mirror of national wage stagnation.  We see flat wage increases with little substantial real wage growth.  Whether a growing economy eventually will accelerate these is something we’ll discuss later in this series.

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Cline and Casillas Release New Version of Premium Website

By Jim Cline and Donna Steinmetz

C&C LOGOCline and Casillas today released a major overhaul of its Premium Website. Clients and subscribers can visit the new website here.  A video showing how to use the new website can be seen here.

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Wage Series Part 10: A Review of Recession Era Interest Arbitration Awards — 2008-2013

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

As part of our spring 2013 wage series, it seemed important to interject a discussion about how arbitrators have ruled in the recent economic climate.  I recently spoke on many of the same points at the Annual PERC sponsored Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Conference, so this seems like an appropriate time for this review.

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Wage Series Part 9: Does Geographic Location Matter?

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

In the previous two articles in this wage series, we discussed the extent to which population and assessed valuation correlated with wage rankings.  In this article, we discuss geographic location and the effect of various labor markets on public safety wages.

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Wage Series Part 8: Does Assessed Valuation Matter?

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

In the last issue we discussed whether – and to what extent — population influenced a jurisdiction’s relative wage ranking. In this article we discuss to what extent assessed valuation influences that ranking. [Read more…]

Wage Series Part 7: Does Size Matter?

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

In the last three parts of the Wage Series, we have discussed State wage rankings for the various public safety classifications.  In the next three parts, we turn to a discussion of what factors might influence, or explain, at least in part, those wage rankings. [Read more…]

Wage Series Part 6: Dispatcher and Records Clerk Wages

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

This is part six of our continued series on Washington Public Safety Employee wages.  In this issue, we report on wage rankings for 911  Dispatchers and Police Records Clerks.

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Wage Series Part 5: Firefighter and Corrections Rankings

By Jim Cline and Kate Kremer

This is part five of our eleven-part Spring 2013 Wage Series. In our last article, we covered Commissioned Deputy and Police Officer Wages.  In this article, we turn to Firefighter and Corrections Officer Wages.  We’ll cover Dispatcher and Records Clerk Wages in the next article. 

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