Carolyn Adolph

Reporter

Carolyn Adolph is the economics reporter at KUOW. She is interested in the forces that affect the fortunes of Seattle-area employers and how those employers are transforming life as we know it.

With this assignment Carolyn's career comes full circle. She began with the Reuters wire, filing business stories to international markets. She graduated to business reporting for major daily newspapers in Toronto and Montreal. She held health and higher education reporting jobs before switching to radio. Her first assigned radio reporting day was September 11, 2001, when the assignment and life changed irretrievably. At the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation she covered Ottawa's major industry: government. She remembers fun work covering English-French issues and needing to own a floor-length gown.

Carolyn joined KUOW in 2008 and built the station's source bank, the Public Insight Network.

Email cadolph@kuow.org

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Contract Vote
10:41 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Machinists Vote To Accept Offer: 51 Percent Say Yes

Boeing machinists line up in Everett to vote on a contract offer Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Machinists have spoken, and the vote was 51 percent in favor of the contract extension.

After a nail-biter day of tense waiting, Machinist local Chief of Staff Jim Bearden announced the results to a small crowd of reporters gathered at the union’s Renton headquarters, as union members learned the same news next door.

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Labor
11:08 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Future In Balance: Boeing Machinists Prepare To Vote Again

The local union posted this image of machinists opposed to Boeing's contract. The machinists are scheduled to vote on the contract at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Credit IAM District 751’s Facebook page

Carolyn Adolph reports on what the union vote could mean for the workers and the state.
Joshua McNichols produced this audio postcard from Everett, where machinists have been rallying.

Boeing machinists will vote Friday evening on a contract for the second time, and this time, the aerospace giant has made it clear that a yes vote guarantees Washington will keep production of the 777X in state.

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Aerospace
1:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Politicians To Boeing Workers: Vote No, And The Wing Will Fly Away

Boeing machinists have been in heated negotiations with management over their contract. Politicians say that the machinists don't approve the latest contract, production of the plane will almost certainly move to another state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tony Cyphert

The politicians and mayors stood together to tell the union machinists that a vote for Boeing’s contract is a vote for stability for everyone. Then they said Boeing had a message.

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Postscripts
10:51 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Marathoner Bill Iffrig Remembers When The Bomb Went Off

Bill Iffrig reflected on the Boston Marathon bombing more than eight months ago.
Credit Vimeo/Courtesy William Anthony Photography/wmanthony.com

Bill Iffrig was 15 feet from finishing the Boston Marathon in April when the first bomb went off.

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Boeing Labor Dispute
11:04 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Boeing In The Blood: A Machinist Family Considers Its Options

The Simmonds Family: Andrea, her husband Odin (a machinist at Boeing) and his father Don (a former Boeing employee).
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

For many Boeing machinists the battle to land the 777X production line is deeply personal, and generational.

Boeing runs in the blood of many families, who have tied their fortunes to that of the company.  Andrea Simmonds’ family is like that. A grandfather of hers was a 747 pilot.  Now Odin, her husband, builds the 747. He’s a machinist, like his father Don before him, who once worked the 777 line.

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Machinists Dispute
11:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Boeing Machinists Rally To Vote On Latest Contract Offer

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists clashed with each other Wednesday at the union’s Everett hall asking that Boeing not require the union leadership’s endorsement in order to proceed with a vote.

About three dozen of them marched from Boeing’s main factory building to call attention to their demand for a vote on Boeing’s latest contract offer.

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Labor
6:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing Says Machinists Rejected Its 'Best And Final' Offer

Boeing union machinists opposed the original contract proposed by 67 percent. The union rejected Boeing's "final" offer on Thursday night.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

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777X
5:47 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Machinists Union Makes Formal Offer To Boeing To Try To Win 777X

The 777X prototype.
Credit Boeing handout

There’s a proposal on the table.

The Machinists Union says it has presented Boeing with a contract that could secure the 777X production line for the Puget Sound region.

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777X
3:22 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington State Machinists In Talks With Boeing

A prototype for the Boeing 777X. Washington state machinists and Boeing were in talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, one month after the machinists refused Boeing's proposed contract.
Credit Boeing handout

Boeing and the Machinists Union have resumed formal talks over the 777X — specifically how to keep production of the plane in Washington state.

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Come Fly With Me
10:53 am
Tue December 10, 2013

As Boeing 777X Sales Take Off, Iconic 747 Line Descends

The nose of the original 747 at the Museum of Flight.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

When the 747 jet first took off from Boeing Field in 1969, drivers on Interstate 5 were awestruck.

“People were stopped,” said Barry Latter, a docent at the Museum of Flight and former Boeing engineer. “They’d parked their cars on the side of the freeway, and they were looking down at the airplane, saying something this big can’t fly.”

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Wages
3:33 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fast Food Workers March In Bitter Cold For $15 Minimum Wage

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle today as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Fast food workers and advocates for a higher minimum wage marched from the City of SeaTac to Seattle today as a part of a national day of demonstrations.

Voters in SeaTac this fall narrowly passed a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for some workers in transportation and hospitality businesses within city limits. Now, organizers of the march want that expanded to other areas too, and they have support beyond the workers.

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Elections 2013
5:22 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

As $15 Minimum Wage Passes In SeaTac, Labor Looks To Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

Three weeks after Election Day, supporters of a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 in SeaTac celebrated their victory. With the last batch of votes counted, King County declared the proposition had passed with more than 1 percent of the vote.

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Labor
11:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

What Boeing Machinists' Rejection Means For Labor

At the heart of the debate: The Boeing 777X jetliner (a prototype).
Credit Boeing handout.

In the hours after Boeing machinists overwhelmingly voted down an eight-year contract, a theme emerged: The machinists view themselves as a family that could not vote for a contract that would hurt future generations.

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Aerospace
4:52 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Boeing Analyst: Advantages To Keeping 777X In Puget Sound Area

Boeing said Thursday it has no further plans to negotiate with its Machinists after the union voted against a  contract extension Boeing said was key to its decision to build the 777X in the Puget Sound region. Now the company said it is looking at other locations. It said it would continue to consider the Puget Sound region, but as part of a competition with other places.

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Business
8:40 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

777X In Danger: Machinists Reject Boeing Contract

Boeing union workers oppose the proposed contract for machinists.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

In a vote that could ultimately move Boeing out of Washington state, Boeing's machinists rejected the company's proposed contract, with 67 percent of union members opposed.

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