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Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

A crowd of about 2,500 people gathered in Rose Park to have burgers, hot dogs and perhaps a beer as they commemorated Labor Day.

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Marketing Cooler: Don't forget the important role of internal communications

It was just a few weeks ago that I sat in a room with many other business owners in our community at a special-invite breakout session from the Big Sky Economic Development. Steve Arveschoug, executive director, asked each business leader to share their suggestions of what they thought the B…

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Guest opinion: U.S. labor policy steers toward job-driven training

As the secretary of labor, I have a unique opportunity to meet with employers around the country of all sizes and from an array of industries. So many of them tell me the same thing; they’re ready to grow their businesses and to hire more people.

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Guest opinion: TV ad misrepresents Daines relationship with unions

Steve Daines ran a TV ad with a person saying he’s a union democrat — with a union logo prominently displayed — announcing support for Daines. However, the person in the ad has been actively promoting Republicans for years, is not a dues-paying member of any union in Montana, does not serve …

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Gazette opinion: Girls can grow up to be plumbers

Why do Montana women earn only 67 percent of what men earn?

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Legal Briefing: Make sure your job descriptions match the modern workplace

Legal Briefing: Make sure your job descriptions match the modern workplace

A job description is often developed only when a position is open for hire, and as soon as the position is filled the job description is discarded.

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Robert Samuelson: A part-timer boom -- or blip?

WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most or all of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the…

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Enhancing his new home

Enhancing his new home

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Governor: 'Health care industry is crucial part of state’s economy'

Governor: 'Health care industry is crucial part of state’s economy'

Declaring it’s a “good time to be in Montana,” Gov. Steve Bullock wasted no time Wednesday in making his case to at least 250 people from Montana and Wyoming gathered for the inaugural Big Sky Business Health Care Summit.

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Guest opinion: Paid family leave benefits workers, employers, too

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same — not ju…

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New college grads finally seeing better hiring prospects

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reid Browning counts himself among the fortunate ones.

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Guest opinion: Equal pay for women must be a Montana priority

On Mother’s Day we pause to thank and honor the incredible women in our lives who sacrifice so much while asking for little in return. We’re honored to be the husbands of two of these amazing Montana women: first lady Lisa Bullock and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean.

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HMF5-11-14 Sidebar Art

HMF5-11-14 Sidebar Art

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Safety advocates call for increased fines, more inspectors as workplace safety deaths hit 5-year high

Safety advocates call for increased fines, more inspectors as workplace safety deaths hit 5-year high

CASPER, Wyo. — The bell at the state Capitol tolled 35 times, once for every worker killed in 2012.

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Guest opinion: JMG opens doors for Montana students

This week, more than 300 high school students from all over Montana will converge in Billings for the Jobs for Montana Graduates 24th annual Career Development Conference. A program of choice for both high schools and middle schools seeking to improve their students’ success in staying in sc…

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Study finds treadmill desks, excercise balls help boost workers' productivity

It may be just the kind of place anyone would want to work. In one area sits a foosball table, pingpong table and video golf game to help employees break through creative blocks. In another area, slices of birthday cake adorn plates on the kitchen’s island counter.

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Legal Briefing: Correct employee classification, handbook review are essential

In a late 2013 decision involving wage claims and constructive discharge issues, the Montana Supreme Court determined that an award of punitive damages against an employer was proper. In the case of Harrell v. Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America, Montana Division, 2013 MT 367, t…

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Human resources: Performance evaluations are essential to good management

Human resources: Performance evaluations are essential to good management

Performance evaluations can be one of your easiest and most useful tools as a manager. They can be an official “pat on the back” for a job well done. They can be notification of a behavior that needs to change. They can also be a step in the corrective action process.

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Doctor: DEQ employees not at risk of lead exposure

HELENA — Blood tests done on 97 state employees who had worked in the former National Guard Armory in Helena indicated they were not at risk of overexposure to lead, according to a doctor hired by the state.

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Big Sky Economic Development: Human capital is greatest asset for most businesses

Big Sky Economic Development: Human capital is greatest asset for most businesses

Economist Larry Swanson projects that Billings is headed toward a 2 percent unemployment rate in the next year.  What does this mean for your business? If you’re like most businesses, you’re beginning to wonder how you will find employees in such a competitive environment. Now more than ever…

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