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THE SEATTLE TIMES NAMED ONE OF 100 BEST IN AMERICA FOR WORKING MOTHERS BY WORKING MOTHER MAGAZINE

 SEATTLE, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, The Seattle Times has been named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers in 1993 by "Working Mother" magazine, the company announced today.
 The Working Mother 100 are the country's most innovative and advanced firms in support of working families. Published in the October issue of "Working Mother," the companies are selected and ranked in categories using the following criteria: pay (compared with the competition), opportunities for women to advance, support for child care (financial, referrals and/or actual care), and family-friendly benefits (job-protected leave for childbirth, flextime, part-time work, job sharing and elder care).
 The description of The Times in the October magazine says: "Even though daily newspapers are faced with unrelenting deadlines, The Times tries to make alternative schedules available. Where possible, starting times can range from six to nine a.m. Work weeks can be four or even three days. And job sharing can be creative -- three people can share two jobs, with each member of the trio working eight months and then taking four months off. If your child becomes sick, you can get care at a local medical center, with the paper picking up $50 of the $60 daily cost."
 According to Laura Boyd, compensation and benefits manager for The Times, The Times is a pioneer in a number of areas concerning women, a strong factor in the Working Mother 100 selection. Women account for 30 percent of the vice presidents in the company (three out of ten positions), 34.5 percent of officials and managers, 43.2 percent of professionals, 43 percent of the technical staff, and 25 percent of sales employees.
 In her announcement letter to Publisher Frank Blethen, editor-in- chief of "Working Mother" Judsen Culbreth said: "Congratulations on your selection as one of the companies that truly cares about making its employees' work and family lives mesh smoothly."
 The selection of the top 100 was made by Milton Moskowitz, co-author of the best-selling book, "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America," and another writer, Carol Townsend. In their introduction to the 8th annual survey in the October issue, they write: "The competition to be named one of the Working Mother 100 was especially fierce this year. We heard from literally thousands of firms, and had to winnow the field down to about 300 finalists before we made the final cut. That meant we had to exclude some 200 strong contenders from the list -- certainly not an easy task."
 This year's 100 Best are extraordinarily diverse. They range in size from 26 employees at G.T. Water Products in California, to 232,000 employees at AT&T. The companies produce everything from natural toothpaste (Tom's of Maine), to gasoline and oil (Amoco and Exxon). "But they do have one thing in common," said Moskowitz and Townsend. "They all share a commitment to creating a workplace where people thrive, both as employees and as parents."
 James H. Schafer, vice president/industrial relations at The Seattle Times, said, "Creating a family-friendly work environment is a top priority for our company. The payoff is a talented and dedicated work force."
 The Seattle Times Co. is privately and locally owned.
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 /CONTACT: Deniz Satir, of The Seattle Times, 206-464-2346/


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