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Gains In Seattle Jobs
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:44 pm

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.

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Minimum Wage
3:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Special: Stakeholders, Listeners Discuss Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher sits down with three stakeholders in the minimum wage debate: James Parker, a volunteer for the organization 15Now, who currently makes $12 an hour; Howard Wright, co-founder of the Seattle Hospitality Group and co-chair of the mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee; and Judith Gille, founder and  co-owner of City People's Mercantile and Garden Store.

Scher asks his panelists to discuss how we got to this point, the mayor's proposal to reach a $15 minimum wage and how that wage would impact their lives. We also take your calls.

Debate Over Mayor's Proposal
3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Seattle City Council's Public Hearing On Minimum Wage Stirs Emotions

Supporters of the group 15 Now attend a Seattle City Council public meeting to discuss minimum wage on May 13.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, who attended Seattle City Council's public hearing on the minimum wage Tuesday night.

Western State Hospital
6:04 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Audit Dings Hospital's 50-Year Practice Of Paid 'Transition Time'

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

State auditors say Western State Hospital has been losing about $800,000 a year paying for work that's not being done. For decades, the hospital has been letting hundreds of employees start late and leave early -- and still paying for their time.

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Wage Debate
12:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Seattle Chef Tom Douglas To City Council: Tips Should Count Towards Minimum Wage

Chef and restaurant owner Tom Douglas.
Flickr Photo/Ronald Woan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Seattle chef and restaurant owner Tom Douglas about a proposed hike to the minimum wage in the city.

Wage Increase
3:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal On Its Way To The City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sally Clark

David Hyde talks to Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark about what happens next with the minimum wage proposal released by Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee Thursday.

Wages
11:23 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Mayor Murray: $18.13 Minimum Wage By 2025

Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal to increase Seattle's minimum wage.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Bill Radke discusses Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal with news analyst Joni Balter.

Seattle’s minimum wage could increase to $18.13 an hour within the next decade, according to Mayor Ed Murray's office.

Speaking at Town Hall on Thursday, Murray said that large businesses would have to pay their employees $15 an hour in three years.

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Income Inequality Advisory Committee
2:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Minimum Wage Committee Co-Chairs Explain How They Made A Deal

Mayor Murray discusses increasing the minimum wage in Seattle on Seattle Channel with his committee co-chairs David Rolf and Howard Wright.
Flickr Photo/Ed Murray

David Hyde speaks with David Rolf and Howard Wright, the co-chairs of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about how they finally came to a deal on a minimum wage proposal.

Off To The City Council
2:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What's Next For Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal?

Mayor Ed Murray with members of the Seattle City Council shortly after last fall's election.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at PubliCola, about what must happen next for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal to pass the City Council.

Minimum Wage
2:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

15Now Reacts To Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal

King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Vote 15 campaign manager Jess Spear at the launch of 15Now's charter amendment in early April.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jesse Lessinger, an organizer for 15Now, about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage.

Retail Business
9:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Tough Choices Ahead For Coldwater Creek Workers

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:45 pm

The Idaho Department of Labor is holding a session this week to help hundreds of people in north Idaho who will lose their jobs when Coldwater Creek goes out of business.

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Seattle Example
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Journalist Urges Caution In Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage debate has spurred demonstrations in cities beyond Seattle, like this one in New York.
Flickr Photo/The All-Nite Images

David Hyde talks with Seattle journalist and New York Times contributor Timothy Egan about Seattle’s impact on the minimum wage movement in other parts of the country.

Ballot Avoidance
7:20 am
Fri April 25, 2014

No Proposal Yet From Mayor's Minimum Wage Committee

Mayor Ed Murray addresses the press on Thursday afternoon, flanked by demonstrators on both sides of the minimum wage debate.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his Income Inequaltiy Committee have not yet reached an agreement in raising the minimum wage.

Murray was expected to announce an initial proposal for the City Council at a press conference Thursday afternoon, but said that though the committee had reached an agreement in principle, there was not yet a viable proposal.

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Civil Rights
1:18 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside Cesar Chavez's Legacy And Struggles

Credit Miriam Pawel's book, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez."

Ross Reynolds talks with Miriam Pawel about her new book, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography."

Chavez was the most influential Latino civil rights leader in American history. In the 1960s, he led migrant farm workers into a powerful force and national movement to boycott grapes.

But in his later years, the effort flagged, and Chavez's flaws became apparent. Pawel examines the man in full.

$15 Campaign
8:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Seattle Mayor To Announce Plan For Raising Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall Wednesday in support of a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his proposal for a minimum wage increase Thursday afternoon after his advisory committee was unable to reach a consensus.

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