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Thoughts from the spouse of a Russell Investments associate

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2010 at 11:01 am with 7 Comments »
August 31, 2010 11:01 am

Yesterday I asked Russell Investments employees to contact me with their thoughts about the move to Seattle in light of comments from a Russell spokeswoman disputing the idea that most employees are unhappy about it and outlining steps the company is taking to ease the transition.

A spouse of a Russell employee e-mailed me almost immediately with thoughts.

“(T)his move to Seattle is very hard for us. … It is very nice that Russell is off setting some of the cost for commuting however I would like to know if the CEO has done the commute from Tacoma or Gig Harbor or other Pierce County Cities. ┬áIn my case my [spouse] already works a 10-12 hour day and now we are adding at least 3.5 hours of commute time on top of that. Our quality of life is sure to suffer. I already feel like a single parent and now will really feel like one.

“I have so many frustrations with this move. If we were able to sell our home we would consider that but given the market right now our home is not even close to what it was worth when we bought. This move has put a lot of families in a very tough position.

“On a positive note, we are thankful to both have jobs and will do whatever is necessary to make this move work for us.”

The News Tribune wants to hear from more of you who work for Russell in Tacoma. It’s been a year since the company announced that it was moving. How do you feel about the move? What life changes are you making in light of it? Are you trying to sell your home? Have you bought a more fuel-efficient car? Do you plan to work from home instead of traveling north? We’re interested in all your stories.

Please post a comment here, or e-mail me at

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  1. PumainTacoma says:

    Is this for real? It is almost laughable. People including my family commute to/from Seattle daily. What is the big deal? Yes we work 12+ hour days. This is normal. Why the whining from the spouse? I’d be totally embarrassed by this pouting about having a good job and having to commute. Unbelievable. No wonder why our country is going down the tubes. I suppose she wants a government bailout for working late?

  2. Kathleen Cooper says:

    PumainTacoma, I presented one person’s experience. You have a different experience. Both are valid. This person who wrote to me also said “we are thankful to both have jobs and will do whatever is necessary to make this move work for us.” We’re trying to have a thoughtful conversation here. Please refrain from heaping scorn on those whom you disagree with.

  3. JPaperGuy says:

    Thanks Kathleen.

  4. PumainTacoma says:

    If you don’t like comments, don’t ask for them then. This is not a newsworthy article. You frame the article as if this is some hardship? If you think this is such a hardship, I suggest you talk to people applying for a job at the county library and find out what REAL hardship is.

  5. The TNT wants comments that contribute to a meaningful discussion about the article. “We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point.”

    Puma, yours were short, but neither civil, nor particularly to the point. The Russell spouse is commenting, rightfully, that the parents of young children who are already gone 12 hours a day will likely not see their children Monday through Friday with the addition of a 3 hour commute. While she is thankful for her husbands job, she is also disdainful of Russell’s attempt to portray the move as one that has little negative impact on families.

    Many Russell families bought homes in Pierce County in order to be near their jobs. Now they are caught in a position where the job is moving and they cannot. Many families are caught in a similar situation, which doesn’t make it any less frustrating or challenging for those who are new to long commutes.

    As a fellow commuter, I would think you would be sympathetic to the burden this places on families. And I would argue that our country is not “going down the tubes” because people aren’t willing to work hard, but because when hard working people express genuine frustration, it is met with smug disdain by fellow workers.

  6. I live in Gig Harbor. One of my relatives works for Russell. I’ve commuted to Seattle for the past 15 years (6am-7pm). I just ask that the TNT cover the employees who work in the manufacturing centers with the same compassion when we start to commute to Everett to build aircraft, another 60 miles. Commute is a way of life. When I lived in California we commuted 60 miles one way.

  7. My heart goes out to you. It is really difficult to find jobs around here that pay a middle class salary, and Russell leaving certainly hasn’t helped.

    I can’t believe the critical commenter has very young children, and if he/she does I guess it’s ok if mom/dad is never home? That’s just sad.

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