labor http://kuow.org en Microsoft Layoffs Could Make Seattle Hub Of Cloud And Mobile Tech http://kuow.org/post/microsoft-layoffs-could-make-seattle-hub-cloud-and-mobile-tech <p></p><p>Following the announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company would undergo a 14 percent reduction in its workforce, conference rooms at the Redmond campus were reserved by the human resources. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:18:46 +0000 Bill Radke & Isolde Raftery 38413 at http://kuow.org Microsoft Layoffs Could Make Seattle Hub Of Cloud And Mobile Tech Could Northwest Union Members Avoid Paying Dues? http://kuow.org/post/could-northwest-union-members-avoid-paying-dues <p>Legal experts in Washington state are still assessing Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding labor unions. At issue is whether unions can require home health care workers to pay certain dues and fees. And, as KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, Washington is one of a handful of states where this ruling could apply.</p><hr /><p>TRANSCRIPT</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:25:09 +0000 Liz Jones 37389 at http://kuow.org A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet http://kuow.org/post/death-knell-public-sector-unions-not-yet One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/harris-quinn-supreme-court-case-labor-unions">"final destruction"</a> or <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/supreme-court-harris-quinn-unions-right-to-work">"kill shot"</a> for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.<p><em>Harris v. Quinn</em> is a class action suit brought by a group of home care workers in Illinois. They challenged the right of unions to charge fees to nonmembers. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:59:28 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37328 at http://kuow.org For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle http://kuow.org/post/tipped-workers-different-minimum-wage-battle The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.<p>In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 37305 at http://kuow.org For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle Washington's Family Leave Policies: 'Good Intentions, Little Progress' http://kuow.org/post/washingtons-family-leave-policies-good-intentions-little-progress <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;interviews&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anna&nbsp;Steffeney</span>, founder and CEO of <a href="http://leavelogic.com/">LeaveLogic</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about President Obama's </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/23/why-obama-is-having-so-much-trouble-helping-americas-new-moms/" style="line-height: 1.5;">working families summit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and the current state of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">family leave policies at the federal, state and local levels. </span> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:03:59 +0000 Marcie Sillman 37093 at http://kuow.org Port Of Seattle Proposes $13 Minimum Wage By 2017 http://kuow.org/post/port-seattle-proposes-13-minimum-wage-2017 <p>Lisa Brooks talks with Port of Seattle co-president Courtney Gregoire about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for SeaTac airport employees to $13 by 2017. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:39:05 +0000 Lisa Brooks 37051 at http://kuow.org Port Of Seattle Proposes $13 Minimum Wage By 2017 Port Of Seattle Proposes Uneven Airport Wage Increase http://kuow.org/post/port-seattle-proposes-uneven-airport-wage-increase <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with&nbsp;Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the group YES! for SeaTac, about the Port of Seattle Commission's proposal to raise wages for some airport workers, but not others. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:37:58 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 37073 at http://kuow.org New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight http://kuow.org/post/new-frontiers-minimum-wage-fight <p>Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.</p><p>Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:57:16 +0000 Deborah Wang 37011 at http://kuow.org New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight Cities Look To Lure Away Seattle Businesses After $15 Wage Hike http://kuow.org/post/cities-look-lure-away-seattle-businesses-after-15-wage-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Hyde interviews Carl Adrian, president of the Tri-City Development Council. He has a message to Seattle entrepreneurs that want to relocate due to the hike in the minimum wage here: "</span>We're open for business." Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:41:41 +0000 David Hyde 36725 at http://kuow.org American Apparel Ousts Its Controversial Founder, Dov Charney http://kuow.org/post/american-apparel-ousts-its-controversial-founder-dov-charney The board of clothing chain American Apparel voted Wednesday to replace founder Dov Charney in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.<p><a href="http://investors.americanapparel.net/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=855505">In a statement on its website</a>, the board said that it notified Charney of its intent to terminate his employment as president and CEO. He is expected to be fired following a 30-day period, the statement added.<p>John Luttrell, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will step in as interim CEO. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:41:41 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 36680 at http://kuow.org American Apparel Ousts Its Controversial Founder, Dov Charney Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-jobless-rate-holds-steady-may <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061814TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The unemployment rate in Washington state is <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/docs/economic-reports/current-monthly-employment-report">holding steady at 6.1 percent</a> according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department.<p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:40:17 +0000 Tom Banse 36678 at http://kuow.org Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive http://kuow.org/post/benefit-corporations-look-beyond-profit-motive A corporation has one core obligation: to make money. But some companies are signing a deal, promising to create not only profit but also a tangible benefit to society and the environment. They're called benefit corporations, and their movement has caught the ear of lawmakers across the country.<p>In the tiny town of Gilsum, N.H., you'll find the headquarters of W.S. Badger Co. Inc. The company makes all-natural cosmetics marketed under the name Badger Balm. When CEO Bill Whyte founded the company two decades ago, the staff was lean.<em></em><p>"Early on, I started making soup on Friday. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Jack Rodolico 36587 at http://kuow.org Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive Are Teachers Unions On The Decline? http://kuow.org/post/are-teachers-unions-decline <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Politico's senior education reporter <a href="http://www.politico.com/reporters/StephanieSimon.html">Stephanie Simon</a> about the <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/teachers-union-california-court-decision-107816.html">challenges</a> facing teachers unions. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:58:29 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 36481 at http://kuow.org Are Teachers Unions On The Decline? Pot Shots: How Marijuana Legalization Tore Apart The Seattle Police Media Unit http://kuow.org/post/pot-shots-how-marijuana-legalization-tore-apart-seattle-police-media-unit <div style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In March 2012, the Seattle Police Department made an unorthodox hire: Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, a former cops reporter who had worked at The Stranger and was writing a blog, seattlecrime.com.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:48:39 +0000 Amy Radil 36386 at http://kuow.org Pot Shots: How Marijuana Legalization Tore Apart The Seattle Police Media Unit How Paternity Leave Affects Equality In Parenting http://kuow.org/post/how-paternity-leave-affects-equality-parenting <p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with Professor Brad Harrington, executive director of the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boston College Center for Work and Family, about the importance of paternity leave for working fathers and their families.</span> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:45:51 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 36365 at http://kuow.org How Paternity Leave Affects Equality In Parenting