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Higher Education
9:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The National Push To Unionize Adjunct Faculty At Universities

Marcie Sillman talks with Inside Higher Ed reporter Colleen Flaherty about the push by the Service Employees International Union to unionize adjunct faculty members.

Labor History
9:53 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Seattle Only Flirts With Radicalism, Says Medina Mayor

Marcie Sillman speaks with Medina Mayor Michael Luis, author of "Century 21 City: Seattle's Fifty Year Journey from World's Fair to World Stage," who says that Seattle -- WTO riots and the $15 minimum wage notwithstanding -- has a pattern of indulging radicals and then returning to business as usual.

Mayor Murray Signs Bill
2:52 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle Passes Highest Minimum Wage, Now What?

Linda Jansen and Doug Nielson rallying for $15 minimum wage outside City Hall on Monday. The Seattle City Council voted to pass the minimum wage bill unanimously.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde gets the scoop from KUOW's Deborah Wang about what happened at the city council meeting Monday night when a historical $15 minimum wage was unanimously passed.

Then, Marcie Sillman speaks with Steve Caldiera, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, about his plans to sue Seattle to overturn the minimum wage ordinance.

Last, David Hyde talks with the advocacy group 15 Now about whether they will move forward with their own ballot measure to raise the city's minimum wage faster.

Mayor's Proposal Passes
10:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant meets with reporters after the vote to phase-in a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In a unanimous vote, to a standing ovation, the Seattle City Council approved a bill to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The crowd cheered “We made 15 possible!” after the reading of the vote tally in a meeting marked with passionate pleas for its passage from the public as well as council members.

Failed Amendments

The packed crowd of vocal proponents for the passage of the bill, many of whom gave their personal stories during the section of public comment, booed the failure of four amendments to the City Council’s plan.

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Breastfeeding
7:36 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slideshow: Lactation Rooms Around Seattle (And Beyond)

The designated room for pumping at KUOW. Click through the slideshow to see other photos of lactation rooms submitted to us by listeners. Some are pretty luxurious (Amazon and Gates Foundation!), several are not.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Bill Radke follows up with online editor Isolde Raftery about the response to her slideshow of lactation rooms.
Bill Radke discusses lactation rooms with online editor Isolde Raftery about her project to create a slideshow of lactation rooms around Seattle.

When I returned from maternity leave earlier this month, my boss Jenna showed me to the lactation room.

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Council Approves Plan
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

City Will Have To Help With $15 Minimum Wage, Says One Nonprofit

Downtown Emergency Services Center Executive Director Bill Hobson.
Credit From DESC's Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of Downtown Emergency Service Center, about how his organization would implement the $15 minimum wage and why he's advocating that the city help.

STEM Workers From Abroad
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Study: More Skilled Foreign Workers Could Mean Higher Wages In Cities

Ross Reynolds talks to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at U.C. Davis, about how foreign-born workers in science and technology might affect the health of economies. Peri argues that the federal government should increase the cap on H-1B worker visas, which would ultimately encourage economic growth and innovation.

Seattle City Council
2:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade'

Community members attend a public hearing about raising the minimum wage in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher talks with David Meinert, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur and restaurantuer about his experience on the mayor's income inequality advisory committee. Marcie Sillman gets more on the story with Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas.

Gender Wage Gap
2:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Seattle Women Earn Less Than Men. The City Wants To Change That

Seattle Councilwoman Jean Godden said she was shocked to learn that the city does not provide its employees with paid time off to care for a new child.
Credit Jean Godden's Facebook page

City of Seattle employees who are women earn on average 9.5 percent less than men.

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Labor
11:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

High Court Weighs Whether Fred Meyer Janitors Should Get Overtime

The state Supreme Court is weighing a case involving janitors on contract at Fred Meyer, and whether they should receive the same rights as employees.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

What distinguishes a contractor from an employee? The Washington State Supreme Court is deliberating that question now. The decision could have big implications, because businesses increasingly rely on contractors.

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$15 An Hour?
9:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan

Matthew Hollek owns a Subway sandwich shop in Ballard. He said he functions like a small business and shouldn't have to pay higher wages than his competitors nearby.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council took up Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal Thursday. Labor leaders said they weren’t thrilled about the council's opening questions.

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Stalled Investment
10:07 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night

Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, was an early supporter of the mayor's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15. Now she is having serious second thoughts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and as minimum wage advocates gather signatures to put an even stronger measure on the November ballot, businesses in the city are finding themselves in an uncomfortable position: in limbo.

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Economics And Crime
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

Credit Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

Labor
8:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Signature Campaign Begins For $15 Minimum Wage Initiative

Jess Spear of the 15 Now campaign and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant outside the downtown Seattle McDonald’s.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

Minimum-wage activists launched their signature-gathering campaign for a ballot initiative outside the downtown Seattle McDonald's Thursday.

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City Council Proposal
2:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Former Obama Administration Economist On Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and former chief economist and economic adviser in the Obama Administration.
Credit Flickr Photo/University of Michigan's Ford School (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde interviews Jared Bernstein, former chief economist for the Obama Administration, about the proposed minimum wage hike in Seattle. 

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