Local Teens Tackle Workplace Issues

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Hundreds of teens got a chance to tackle some real life issues Friday that aren’t necessarily covered in the classroom. Members of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce led a workshop at Lane Community College about problem-solving in the workplace. Two hundred and fifty high school juniors from Springfield and Pleasant Hill … Continue reading »

Oregon Adds Jobs, But Unemployment Rises

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s unemployment rate moved up from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since November 2013. The primary measure of employment in Oregon, seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 jobs in August. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added … Continue reading »

EmX Relocation Work Resumes

EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of work will take place at the intersection of Madison Street and 7th Avenue soon. Project coordinators say they want to get this done as quickly as possible. Starting last weekend, EWEB resumed work on relocating service lines along 7th Avenue from Madison Street to Charnelton Street. The EmX project … Continue reading »

Mom Speaks Out for Breast Feeding

MERLIN, Ore. — A woman is speaking out against her employer, saying she had to quit her job because her work did not let her take a break, to pump. Leslie Newton recently took a job at the Lil’ Pantry in Merlin. She says she explained during her interview that she was nursing and would … Continue reading »

ODOT Crews Work on I-5

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation will be striping a section of I-5 starting Sunday night. Drivers should expect some minor delays between Cottage Grove and Wilsonville. ODOT says there will be temporary lane closures until they finish the project, which could take about a month.

Main Street Bridge Work Begins

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Drivers who cross the Willamette River on Main Street might want to take a different route Monday and Tuesday. Traffic will go down to a single lane on the westbound bridge, as Oregon Department of Transportation crews inspect the bridge. Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the westbound bridge will … Continue reading »

Working in the Heat

EUGENE, Ore. – With the sizzling temperatures, construction workers were finding ways to stay safe, Monday. Working in the hot summer sun can make construction workers more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Contracting companies and workers say they’ve had meetings for safety protocol. Workers say they try to stay hydrated and look out for signs of … Continue reading »

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Rises 15 Cents

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s lowest-paid workers will get a raise this new year starting Jan. 1, when a 15-cent increase to the state’s minimum wage takes effect. Starting Jan. 1, the increase from $8.80 to $8.95 per hour will mean an extra $312 a year for families with one full-time minimum wage worker. Oregon will … Continue reading »