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A lawsuit against Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage has failed its first test in court.

Lawyers for the International Franchise Association (IFA) and five local franchisees have sued the city, arguing the law discriminates against franchise businesses.

Washington state capitol
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Marcie Sillman talks to state Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, about her bill that passed the state House that would amend the Equal Pay Act, ensuring that employers can't punish employees for talking about their salary.

Workers and labor activists demonstrate outside the US District Courthouse in support of the city's $15 an hour minimum wage
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Lawyers for the International Franchise Association and five local franchisees were in court Tuesday asking that portions of Seattle’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage law be barred from taking effect.

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

Marcie Sillman talks with Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising, about gender pay equity and other issues facing women in the workplace. 

The Washington House is expected to vote this week on a $12 per hour minimum wage.

File photo of Seattle University.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle University adjunct instructor Larry Cushnie about why he's advocating for improved working conditions for adjunct faculty at Seattle University.

Marcie Sillman speaks with KUOW reporter Sara Lerner about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's new parental leave program for city workers.

Sillman also interviews Brigid Schulte, reporter for the Washington Post and author of the book, "Overwhelmed: Work Love And Play When No One Has The Time," about how the US compares to the rest of the world when it comes to family leave policies.

Port of Seattle, port, stadium, Century Link
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Marcie Sillman talks to Kevin Klowden, managing director of the California Center at the Milken Institute, about the long-term impact of the slowdown at the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle. The slowdown ended over the weekend after nine months of contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

File photo of the Port of Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Tirschwell about how the ongoing labor dispute between longshoremen and west coast port operators could drive away business from the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Tirschwell is chief content officer for The Journal of Commerce.

The worsening labor dispute at West Coast container ports is causing shippers to search for alternate pathways to and from Asia.

Demonstrators in Seattle form a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April 2014.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about the potential impact of the $15 minimum wage on Seattle's manufacturing sector.

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, about his proposal to offer the federal minimum wage as opposed to the higher state minimum wage for newly employed teens working in the summer months.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation officials Tuesday made public their plan to improve safety for workers in the so-called “tank farms.”

If you're a Northwest camper, chances are some of your gear, like your camp stove or sleeping pad, was manufactured in Seattle by Cascade Designs.
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Marcie Sillman talks with David Burroughs, vice chairman of Cascade Designs, about how Seattle's rising minimum wage is affecting his business.

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