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Shared-Work Program news coverage

We're really pleased about the positive news coverage the Employment Security Department has received about the Shared-Work Program and how it is helping Washington businesses survive the current recession. Below you will find stories listed by headline, media, and date.

State program helps Yakima Valley businesses dodge layoffs

Canam steel worker

KIMATV Yakima Valley (Jan. 26, 2012)

It's a state program that has saved thousands of jobs over 30 years. Washington's Shared Work Program lets business cut employees  hours instead of laying them off...more | watch video



EZ Loader thanks state for Shared-Work Program

EZ-loader trailer

KXLY TV Spokane (Sep. 26, 2011)

In an economy where worker are fighting to stay employed and employers are fighting to keep them there, the State's Shared-Work Program is helping do just that. Thanks to that program...more


Shared-Work benefits both employer and workers

Shared-Work and employers discuss how to keep employees working

KNDU TV Tri-Cities (Aug. 29, 2011)

Shared-Work helps businesses keep employees working at reduced hours rather than laying them off. The Employment Security Department makes up the difference with partial unemployment benefits. A better alternative than letting someone go...more



Shared-Work Program saves 20,000 job in Washington

Shared-work employee

KNDU TV Tri-Cities (Feb. 5, 2010)

The Employment Security Department reports that more than 20,000 Washington jobs were saved because of Shared Work . Instead of laying off employees, the program cuts
their hours. But the workers are then entitled to partial unemployment...more


State Program helps companies keep workers and save money

 Lloyd Bordelon

KIMA TV Yakima (Jan. 26, 2010)

He's getting money for not having a job, but Lloyd Bordelon actually works almost a full work week. "I've always kinda hoped that my job is pretty secure...more



Staving of layoffs by sharing work

Rob     Foster

NBC Nightly News (Nov. 13, 2009)

When business slowed down at The Gear Works in Seattle,
it couldn't have come at a worse time for Rob Foster's family. Then The Gear Works signed up for a program called Shared video



Shared-Work Program sees brisk demand

Manufacturer EZ Loader Boat Trailers Inc. sign

Spokane Journal of Business (Nov. 13, 2009)

As sales softened over the last couple of years, locally based manufacturer EZ Loader Boat Trailers Inc. was concerned about the increasing likelihood of having to lay off a sizeable number of employees, so it decided to...more



Tri-City businesses use Shared-Work Program to avoid layoffs

Map of company locations

Tri-City Herald (Oct. 10, 2009)

Small-business owner Tom Richardson is counting on a state program to help him retain his experienced door-installers if the Tri-Cities' housing market falters. The Shared-Work program, which was created...more



Shared Work means reduced hours, partial unemployment

Man at work

Hearld Net (Oct. 2, 2009)

This could be the state's best-kept biz-related secret: the Shared Work Program. The program allows them to temporarily cut employees' hours by as much as 50 percent, and makes...more


State program keeps laid-off workers working

Machinist Tracy Thurman

KOMO (Sept. 30, 2009)

Tracy Thurman was laid off last March. But the union
machinist is still working, earning $25 an hour while also collecting unemployment at the same time. "It means that I get to keep my job...more | watch video

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