In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house — leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.
Yes, a new study of young people finds. The study, released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, looks at income and unemployment among young adults. Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at Pew, says it's pretty much case closed when it comes to the benefits of going to college.
The idea of coming together in common cause is woven into Washington’s social fabric, especially into its union history. But labor has suffered reversals before, and it suffered a large one on Jan. 3, when the Machinists union voted by a narrow margin to abandon the Boeing pension plan. At stake was a key production line.
The drama over the Boeing 777X jet has claimed its first casualty.
Tom Wroblewski, president of the Machinists Union District Lodge 751, announced on Tuesday night that he is retiring to a small group of elected representatives from local lodges. His last day is Jan. 31.
Boeing machinists stand in line to vote on an upgraded contract on Jan. 3. They narrowly approved the contract. Now eight machinists say the vote was unfairly pushed on workers while so many were away.
Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International union, about the move for a $15 minimum wage, the Boeing machinists approval of a Boeing contract, and how he views his dramatic move to take the SEIU out of the AFL-CIO looks nine years later.
Port of Seattle Commissioners said Tuesday they will consider higher wages for some airport workers, despite last week's court ruling that the Port is exempt from a new ordinance in SeaTac. That law would require a $15 hourly minimum wage for airport-related workers.
Ross Reynolds talks with University of Puget Sound sociology professor Leon Grunberg about the larger implications for organized labor following Friday's vote to approve a contract extension between Boeing and local machinists.
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.
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.
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.