labor http://kuow.org en Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-jobs-picture-shows-slow-growth <p></p><p>The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the <a href="http://www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/releases/14-022.php">state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March</a>.&nbsp;The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:52:41 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32691 at http://kuow.org Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot http://kuow.org/post/seattles-15-wage-campaign-eyes-ballot <p>A Seattle group seeking a $15 minimum wage has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters. The move aims to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass a measure this year. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:39:12 +0000 Liz Jones 32545 at http://kuow.org Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools http://kuow.org/post/district-rescinds-planned-staffing-cuts-seattle-schools <p>Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.<br /><br />Superintendent Jose Banda said after analyzing the supplemental budget the Legislature passed last week, the district won’t need to reduce the hours of many secretaries, counselors and other employees. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:45:44 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 30813 at http://kuow.org District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools The Latest On The Minimum Wage Debate http://kuow.org/post/latest-minimum-wage-debate <p>Marcie Sillman talks with <a href="http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/dominic-holden/Author?oid=77764">Dominic Holden</a>, associate editor at The Stranger about the very latest on the minimum wage debate in Seattle. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:42:55 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 30801 at http://kuow.org The Latest On The Minimum Wage Debate Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists? http://kuow.org/post/who-had-richer-parents-doctors-or-artists A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What's the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood?<p>After some poking around, we figured out how to settle the argument. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:18:19 +0000 editor 30779 at http://kuow.org Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists? How Decline Of Unions Contributed To Rise In Inequality http://kuow.org/post/how-decline-unions-contributed-rise-inequality <p>Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington sociology professor Jake Rosenfeld about his book, “What Unions No Longer Do."</p><p>After World War II, one in three workers belonged to a union. Today, only one in 20 people employed in the private sector are in unions. Rosenfeld argues the decline of unions has helped lead to a rise in inequality. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:06:06 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 30253 at http://kuow.org How Decline Of Unions Contributed To Rise In Inequality 'It's Complicated:' A Small Business And Its Employees Struggle With Minimum Wage Debate http://kuow.org/post/its-complicated-small-business-and-its-employees-struggle-minimum-wage-debate <p>The push to raise the minimum wage in Seattle was just a campaign slogan last fall. But now it's on a fast track. Mayor Ed Murray has said that he will propose a minimum wage increase this spring.</p><p>But many of the people who would be affected are just starting to assess the costs and benefits. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Deborah Wang 30422 at http://kuow.org 'It's Complicated:' A Small Business And Its Employees Struggle With Minimum Wage Debate Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession http://kuow.org/post/milestone-washington-now-has-more-people-working-recession <p>Washington’s Employment Security Department says the state now has more people working than before the start of the Great Recession.</p><p>It's an important milestone in the recovery. And though it comes as a result of genuine progress, it received an assist from a federal benchmarking that showed the state didn’t lose as many jobs as originally thought. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:31:19 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 30015 at http://kuow.org Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing http://kuow.org/post/seattle-residents-testify-against-15-minimum-wage-packed-hearing <p>Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:57:52 +0000 Deborah Wang 29938 at http://kuow.org Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan http://kuow.org/post/seattle-minimum-wage-activists-prepare-fight-against-swiss-cheese-plan <p>Residents of Seattle should know in the next few months whether low-wage workers in the city will get a raise. Mayor Ed Murray is hoping to unveil a proposal by late spring that would increase the minimum wage in the city to as much as $15 an hour. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:33:44 +0000 Deborah Wang 29524 at http://kuow.org Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan Survey: Minimum Wage Hike Could Force Nonprofits To Cut Services http://kuow.org/post/survey-minimum-wage-hike-could-force-nonprofits-cut-services <p>A Seattle Human Services Coalition survey says increasing the minimum wage to $15 would hurt critical services for low-income families. Out of the 29 nonprofits surveyed, 21 said they would have to cut services if forced to raise wages to that level. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:38:01 +0000 Patricia Murphy 29462 at http://kuow.org Survey: Minimum Wage Hike Could Force Nonprofits To Cut Services 'McPoverty' Protesters Call For Fast Food Boycott In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/mcpoverty-protesters-call-fast-food-boycott-seattle <p>Supporters of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle are staging demonstrations at fast-food restaurants across the city Thursday. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:30:35 +0000 Joshua McNichols 29144 at http://kuow.org 'McPoverty' Protesters Call For Fast Food Boycott In Seattle Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower http://kuow.org/post/hanford-contractor-fires-prominent-whistleblower <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021814AK_Busche_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prominent whistleblower was fired from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's radioactive waste cleanup project on Tuesday. </span><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:51:25 +0000 Anna King 29044 at http://kuow.org Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-bus-drivers-authorize-strike-over-health-care-coverage <p>School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with&nbsp;their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.</p><p>More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:56:06 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 29014 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It http://kuow.org/post/going-college-may-cost-you-so-will-skipping-it In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house — leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.<p>Yes, a new study of young people finds. <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2014/02/SDT-higher-ed-FINAL-02-11-2014.pdf">The study, released Tuesday</a> by the Pew Research Center, looks at income and unemployment among young adults. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:14:48 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 28621 at http://kuow.org Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It