The week ahead in business

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Aug. 24 — 30

Monday

• The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission starts three days of hearings related to the takeover of Puget Energy by an international consortium. A Tuesday session will also be held for public comments.

Tuesday

• The state Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is updating its master plan for boosting the skill levels of Washington workers, and it wants public input. The board will hold a public forum on the plan at South Seattle Community College’s Tech Center, Room TEC 129, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The latest draft of the “High Skills, High Wages” plan is available at: www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/HSHWDraftJuly2008.pdf.

Thursday

• Celebrate Express shareholders vote on Liberty Media’s proposed $3.90-per-share acquisition of the Kirkland-based online retailer. When announced June 26, the deal represented a 70 percent premium over the stock’s previous trading price.

• Earnings report: Esterline Technologies, third-quarter results, 2 p.m. conference call at 1-866-400-3310

Friday

• As it tries to avoid a crippling strike that would further delay the 787 Dreamliner program, Boeing has promised to deliver its best and final offer to the Machinists union by Labor Day weekend. Expect a week of intensive back and forth with details of that final offer by Friday. Union members will vote on the offer the following week, Sept. 3.