$15 an hour minimum wage for SeaTac
U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., quickly joined the "middle out" dog pile: "When I worked to pass the Senate Budget in March, I made it clear that our highest priority is to create the conditions for job creation, economic growth, and prosperity built from the middle out, not the top down," she wrote in a statement Wednesday. "... I am hopeful that the minority of Republicans who are blocking us from starting a bipartisan budget conference will end their obstruction and let us get to work before we lurch to the next completely avoidable crisis.”
Most loyal employees
Whose workers are more loyal: Google’s or Microsoft’s? According to Seattle-based tech company PayScale, which claims ownership of “the largest data source of real-time salary information,” Microsoft kicks arch-rival Google’s ass in the fidelity department. Median MS stay: 4.4 years. Median Google tenure: a fickle 1.1. This despite near identical median salaries — $109,000 (MS) v. $107,000 — and a much higher rate of job satisfaction among the Google crowds (84 percent v. 69 percent). There is just something special about Redmond.
Gone are the days when workers began and ended their careers at the same company. According to PayScale, today’s typical employee jumps ship after just 3.68 years. Seattle-based Amazon sheds workers even faster than Google. Like skin cells, for crying out loud. Amazon finished second (to Google’s 4th) on the list of companies with the least loyal workers. Tied with AFLAC. If you can’t beat an Ohio life insurance company, duck or no duck, well, ‘nuff said. Btw: the company with the most loyal employees? That would be Eastman Kodak, where the median stay is 20 years.
Don't eat me!
The adage "watch out for the sharks" may need to be corrected, as divers off Morro Bay in California discovered. The two divers had been photographing whales in the distance when the whales suddenly emerged from the water only feet away, and nearly swallowed both of them whole. The video of their encounter has over one million views on YouTube.
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