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Marcie Sillman checks in with KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols at the scene of the machinist vote and David Hyde talks with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about the implications of this vote for labor and the future of Boeing.

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David Hyde discusses with economics columnist Jon Talton Boeing and Microsoft's big decisions and how they will effect the Puget Sound economy in 2014.

Oregon's pot law allows up to four pot plants per home.
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Machinists cast their votes tonight on Boeing's contract extension. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposes raising the minimum hourly wage for city employees to $15. Legal marijuana enters 2014 under a hazy cloud of questions.

Steve Scher reviews the week's big stories and looks ahead to 2014 with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox. We also get some 2014 predictions from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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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.

Why The Machinists Union Wants To Keep Their Pensions

Jan 2, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with certified financial planner John Flavin about the differences between 401Ks and pensions.

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Marcie Sillman talks with John Nichols, Washington correspondent at The Nation, about the year's most significant labor stories.

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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.

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson about why he's urging the machinist union to approve Boeing's contract offer.

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

Dec 30, 2013
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Dec 24, 2013
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Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing.

The production line at a Boeing facility.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Clark University industrial relations professor Gary Chaison about the divide between national and local leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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.

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer. Weakened unions have chipped away at the middle class in King County.
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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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Marcie Sillman talks with Elizabeth Ford, visiting assistant professor at Seattle University's School of Law, about the strategies and laws behind the Boeing labor negotiations.

Machinist on Boeing Contract: Let Us Vote

Dec 16, 2013
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Marcie Sillman talks with machinist Paul Fritzler about why he wants union members to be able to vote on Boeing's most recent contract offer.