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Boeing Labor Dispute
3:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Businesses Worried About The Ripple Effect Of Boeing's Labor Dispute

Diamond Knot Alehouse is just one of many local businesses that are concerned about what would happen if Boeing moves production of the 777x to another state.
From Diamond Knot Alehouse's Facebook page

David Hyde spoke with Diamond Knot Alehouse lead server Chris Pugh about how his business could be affected if Boeing moves the 777X program to another state.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Future Of Aerospace, Kshama Sawant's Comeback, And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who is dealing with a recent crack scandal.
Flickr Photo/West Annex News

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with KUOW's Steve Scher, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Joni Balter of the Seattle Times.

This week Boeing's machinists union voted against a proposed contract extension that came with a promise to build the new 777X in Washington state. Did they preserve the future of aerospace in Puget Sound or will Boeing's next move be to South Carolina or Southern California?

Challenger Kshama Sawant appears headed toward a victory over incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin after initially being several percentage points behind on election night. How will a socialist sit with City Hall? 

Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank marvels at the chutzpah of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

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Boeing
4:13 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

How Machinist Vote Could Affect The Future Of Labor Negotiations

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
Flickr Photo/Jetstar Airways

Ross Reynolds talks with Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University, about how the Boeing machinist vote will affect the future of labor negotiations in Washington and across the country.

Business
8:40 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

777X In Danger: Machinists Reject Boeing Contract

Boeing union workers oppose the proposed contract for machinists.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

In a vote that could ultimately move Boeing out of Washington state, Boeing's machinists rejected the company's proposed contract, with 67 percent of union members opposed.

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Labor
10:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Union Fury Could Prompt Boeing To Move 777X Assembly

Tom Wroblewski, district president of the Machinists union
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Standing before a crowd of Boeing machinists on Thursday night, Tom Wroblewski, president of the Boeing machinists union, tore up a copy of the proposed contract and said he would try to stop it from coming to a vote.

“I know this is a piece of crap,” Wroblewski said, according to The Seattle Times.

The machinists before him were openly hostile to the eight-year deal, which would replace their health care costs and strip down their pensions.

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4:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Hunger In The Valley Of Plenty

Lead in text: 
Sometimes, the people picking our food can't access healthy food, or enough, for themselves. From KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting comes this piece on poverty.
Part 1 of 4 in "Hunger in the Valley of Plenty," a series by KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Listen to the radio series on The California Report Thursday and Friday and watch the full special Friday on KQED 9. Full schedule. By Sasha Khokha Video: Hungry in Raisin City.
Labor
10:54 am
Tue October 22, 2013

No Strike! 11th Hour Deal Averts Grocery Showdown

Grocery workers gathered at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to countdown to a strike that was narrowly avoided late Monday.
From the Stand With Our Checkers Facebook page.

With just two hours left on the strike countdown clock, a tentative agreement was reached on Monday night between grocery workers and four major chains: Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC and Albertson’s.

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Labor Dispute
3:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Grocery Unions Prep For Strike As Talks Heat Up

A Safeway in Seattle's University District advertises checker positions ahead of a possible worker strike.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

As they debate their contracts, grocery workers insist they’re serious about striking: Picket captains have been tapped at hundreds of stores throughout the region, and strike headquarters have popped up in five counties.

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Government Shutdown
4:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Unemployed In Washington State? The Government Shutdown May Affect You

Flickr Photo/Steve Rhodes

People who receive unemployment benefits in the state of Washington might be affected by the federal government’s shutdown.

The state’s Employment Security Department processes unemployment claims, and its staff is largely paid by federal dollars.

On Tuesday, the department mailed temporary layoff notices to roughly 1,700 staff members.

According to Communications Director Sheryl Hutchison, the agency has enough money to keep running through the week, but it’s not clear what will happen if the shutdown continues past Friday.

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Organized Labor
11:52 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Grocery Store Workers Vote On Strike Authorization

Grocery workers at QFC, Albertsons, Safeway and Fred Meyer have been in contract negotiations since March. Workers take issue with the grocery stores' current contract proposals: their lack of health care coverage, their holiday pay policy and stagnant wages.

The union member bargaining team has recommended a strike vote. The grocery unions, United Food Commercial Workers Local 21, Local 367 and the Teamsters Local 38 are holding strike authorization votes this week. David Hyde talks with UFCW Local 21 communications director Tom Geiger about the potential strike.

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Minimum Wage Increase
2:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

New Directions For Labor Nationally And Locally

On August 29, fast-food workers in Seattle held a stirke in support of increasing the minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage for some workers in SeaTac to $15 an hour could mark a major change in the larger labor movement’s strategy in the US.

Marcie Sillman talks it over with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse. We also hear from David Rolf, the president of SEIU Healthcare 775NW, and Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council.

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Unemployment Rates
3:38 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Wash. State Jobless Rate Hews Closest To National Trend During Recovery

Washington State Employment Security Dept.

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:38 pm

According to fresh numbers out Wednesday from the state employment department, the unemployment rate in Washington state edged up slightly in August to an even 7 percent as hiring slowed.

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Labor Dispute
9:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

National Labor Board Takes Space Needle Management To Court

Flickr Photo/Craig Elliott

The National Labor Relations Board and Space Needle management are in federal court this week.

The union that represents about 200 employees at the Needle is accusing management of union busting and unfair labor practices.

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Medical Mistakes
6:26 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Hospitals, Nurses Clash Over How To Keep Patients From Falling

Cancer survivor and fall victim Gene White of Des Moines, Wash.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Gene White of Des Moines, Wash., has had a litany of health problems in recent years: testicular cancer; cancer in his nervous system; pneumonia; the fungus Aspergillus infecting his lungs. The retired airline pilot says he got great care at Swedish Medical Center and the other Seattle hospitals that helped him survive those life-threatening diseases.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Feds Weigh In On Legal Pot, Fast-Food Workers Walk Out, And Obama Considers Military Action In Syria

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news. The Department of Justice signals a long-awaited green light on new pot laws in Washington and Colorado. Fast-food workers in Seattle and across the country hold a one-day strike to push for an increase in minimum wage pay. The Obama Administration makes the case for American military involvement in Syria. 

Plus, state Republicans choose a new leader, Seattle schools face a possible teacher strike, and same-sex couples get a break from the IRS. 

We cover those stories and more with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Peter Jackson of the Everett Herald.

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