Labor

Dreamstime
March 07, 2018 - 2:27 pm
Immigrants working on a remote Kansas ranch toil long days in a type of servitude to work off loans from the company for the cost of smuggling them into the country, according to five people who worked there. There are no holidays, health insurance benefits or overtime pay at Fullmer Cattle Co.,...
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Dreamstime
March 07, 2018 - 10:40 am
U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program on Wednesday morning; it's described as bipartisan legislation that will help close the skills gap and fill...
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Dreamstime
February 06, 2018 - 11:34 am
On Tuesday, the Mayor and the Wichita City Council unanimously approved the Firefighters contract. The City's negotiating team and the International Association of Firefighters Local 135 reached an agreement through 2019. The Union membership approved the contract back in early January. Mayor Jeff...
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Dreamstime
February 02, 2018 - 10:07 am
U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years, evidence of a consistently healthy job market. The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said in its monthly jobs report Friday...
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Dreamstime
February 01, 2018 - 9:55 am
A business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states slipped over the past month but still pointed to continuing improvement in regional economic conditions, according to a survey report released Thursday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 57.3 in January from 59.0 in...
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KNSS NEWS
Steve McIntosh
January 22, 2018 - 10:29 am
Several construction projects are underway in the downtown area ... as Wichita prepares for the NCAA basketball tournament in mid March. Mayor Jeff Longwell tells KNSS News the city wants to make a good impression on thousands of visitors. He says this is "an exciting time for Wichita". The Wichita...
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Dreamstime
January 16, 2018 - 3:44 pm
Kansas' former education commissioner is hoping to bridge the divide between how schools teach and what businesses need from their workers. Diane DeBacker was appointed late last year to the new executive director of business and education innovation position at the Kansas Department of Commerce...
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Dreamstime
Steve McIntosh
December 22, 2017 - 9:48 am
The Kansas Department of Labor reports the state's jobless rate at 3.5 percent in November ... down from 3.6 perecnt in October and 4.3 percent in November last year. Secretary Lana Gordon says "Kansas now has the largest number of people employed on record" at just over 1,435,000. The state gained...
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Spirit AeroSystems
December 06, 2017 - 12:32 pm
Spirit AeroSystems today announced plans for major expansion and growth, including the addition of 1,000 jobs and capital investments totaling $1 billion over the next five years at its Wichita, Kan., facility. The growth is fueled by a number of factors: increasing production rates on existing...
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Dreamstime
November 26, 2017 - 1:51 am
The U.S. Forest Service is taking applications for over 900 temporary jobs that will be filled in the region next year. The Forest Service plans to hire that many temporary workers to help at national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming next year. The jobs...
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