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Aerospace
4:11 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Machinist on Boeing Contract: Let Us Vote

Boeing's Everett, Wash., production plant.
Flickr Photo/Tony Cyphert

Marcie Sillman talks with machinist Paul Fritzler about why he wants union members to be able to vote on Boeing's most recent contract offer.

Employment
7:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:02 am

The holiday season will mean an end to unemployment checks for about 1.3 million Americans, including about 45,000 jobless in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. 

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Labor
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Washington State Sees Big Jump In Use of Temporary Foreign Farmhands

File photo.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:38 pm

Northwest farmers hired significantly more foreign guest workers this season under a special immigration program.

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Labor
6:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing Says Machinists Rejected Its 'Best And Final' Offer

Boeing union machinists opposed the original contract proposed by 67 percent. The union rejected Boeing's "final" offer on Thursday night.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

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SeaTac Proposition 1
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Lawsuit Threatens $15 Minimum Wage At SeaTac Airport

Workers at SeaTac airport are some of the biggest proponents of raising the minimum wage to $15.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

Ross Reynolds discusses the lawsuit filed against SeaTac's Proposition 1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 with professor Bill Sherman of Seattle University's School of Law.

777X
3:22 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington State Machinists In Talks With Boeing

A prototype for the Boeing 777X. Washington state machinists and Boeing were in talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, one month after the machinists refused Boeing's proposed contract.
Credit Boeing handout

Boeing and the Machinists Union have resumed formal talks over the 777X — specifically how to keep production of the plane in Washington state.

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Elections 2013
3:09 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Survives Hand Recount

Employees with King County Elections conducting a hand recount of ballots from SeaTac Proposition 1
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 12/09/13  5:30 PM PT:

Supporters of SeaTac's $15 an hour minimum wage are celebrating tonight after the initiative survived a hand recount of ballots cast in the race.

County elections officials spent a full day scrutinizing more than 6,000 ballots by hand, closely watched by observers from both sides of the issue.

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Flip Flop
7:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President Changes Message, Says He’d Talk With Boeing

Boeing

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:10 am

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

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Wages
3:33 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fast Food Workers March In Bitter Cold For $15 Minimum Wage

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle today as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Fast food workers and advocates for a higher minimum wage marched from the City of SeaTac to Seattle today as a part of a national day of demonstrations.

Voters in SeaTac this fall narrowly passed a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for some workers in transportation and hospitality businesses within city limits. Now, organizers of the march want that expanded to other areas too, and they have support beyond the workers.

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Labor
8:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X In Washington

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

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Machinist Dispute
3:50 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Last Minute Attempts To Get Boeing Back To The Negotiation Table

Machinists voted against a contract offer from Boeing earlier in November. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson is trying to bring the two sides together in negotiations again.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett mayor Ray Stephanson about his efforts to bring Boeing and the machinist union back to the negotiation table.

Wages
10:46 am
Wed December 4, 2013

'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Noreli Morales (right) works on the Planet Money women's T-shirt at a factory in Medellin, Colombia.
Joshua Davis for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

The Planet Money men's T-shirt was made in Bangladesh, by workers who make about $3 a day, with overtime. The Planet Money women's T-shirt was made in Colombia, by workers who make roughly $13 a day, without overtime.

The wages in both places are remarkably low by U.S. standards. But the gap between them is huge. Workers in Colombia make more than four times what their counterparts make in Bangladesh. In our reporting, we saw that the workers in Colombia have a much higher standard of living than the workers in Bangladesh.

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Labor And Industries
8:49 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wilcox Farms Fined For Serious Violations Long Before Silo Collapse

Wilcox Farms, where a man was buried under tons of corn on Monday when a silo gave way, was cited for six violations last summer that could have put workers in serious danger, according to inspection reports.

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Minimum Wage
4:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Earners: The Exception Or The Rule?

Signage in SeaTac aiport points towards shopping and food areas: lightning rods in the minimum wage debate.
Flickr Photo/Transtator

Steve Scher asks Quoctrung Bui of NPR's Planet Money how SeaTac's (impending) $15 minimum wage fits in among national minimum wage trends.

777x Production
3:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Witchita Shows Solidarity For NW Machinist, But Other Cities Still Wooing Boeing

A prototype for the 777x from a Boeing handout.
Boeing handout.

Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

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