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Tech
7:18 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft Layoffs Could Make Seattle Hub Of Cloud And Mobile Tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Credit Courtesy of Microsoft

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with GeekWire's Todd Bishop about Microsoft's layoffs announcement.

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with Nick Wingfield of The New York Times about Microsoft layoffs.

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.

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Supreme Court Ruling
6:25 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Could Northwest Union Members Avoid Paying Dues?

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.

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Labor
7:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:46 am

One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential "final destruction" or "kill shot" for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.

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Tips
3:45 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:14 am

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.

In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. But according to a White House report, tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty.

Living On Tips

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Work And Family
9:03 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Washington's Family Leave Policies: 'Good Intentions, Little Progress'

Marcie Sillman interviews Anna Steffeney, founder and CEO of LeaveLogic, about President Obama's working families summit and the current state of family leave policies at the federal, state and local levels.

Minimum Wage
3:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes $13 Minimum Wage By 2017

Sea-Tac Airport
Credit Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Wage Debate
2:37 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes Uneven Airport Wage Increase

Marcie Sillman talks with 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.

Courts
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

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.

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.

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Wage Debate
3:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Cities Look To Lure Away Seattle Businesses After $15 Wage Hike

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: "We're open for business."

Misconduct
7:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

American Apparel Ousts Its Controversial Founder, Dov Charney

American Apparel founder Dov Charney was ousted Wednesday by the company in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.
Monika Graff UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:38 am

The board of clothing chain American Apparel voted Wednesday to replace founder Dov Charney in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.

In a statement on its website, 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.

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Labor
7:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:51 pm

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department.

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Free Childcare!
12:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive

Stephen Maydwell adjusts tins of Badger Balm before a machine fills them at the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. factory in Gilsum, N.H.
Jack Rodolico

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:53 am

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.

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.

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Education
2:58 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Are Teachers Unions On The Decline?

Teachers at a SEA meeting in Seattle.
Seattle Education Association's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Politico's senior education reporter Stephanie Simon about the challenges facing teachers unions.

Doritogate
10:48 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Pot Shots: How Marijuana Legalization Tore Apart The Seattle Police Media Unit

One of the bags of Doritos handed out at Hempfest in August.
Credit Photo SPD Blotter

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.

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Working Dads
4:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

How Paternity Leave Affects Equality In Parenting

Dad's favorite hands-free device.
Credit Flickr Photo/jonathan donavan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with Professor Brad Harrington, executive director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family, about the importance of paternity leave for working fathers and their families.

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