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Labor
2:39 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Raising The Minimum Wage: Why States Are Starting To Take Action

New York is another national city that has hosted rallies to raise the minimum wage to $15 like SeaTac, Wash., just did.
Flickr Photo/The All-Nite Images

Marcie Sillman talks with Jack Temple, a National Employment Law Project policy analyst, about the movement to raise the minimum wage and why states are starting to take action.

Boeing
2:39 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Why The Machinists Union Wants To Keep Their Pensions

The dispute between Boeing and the Machinist Union is a complex issue, but one of the biggest factors is whether workers are ready to give up their pension plan.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Steve Scher talks with certified financial planner John Flavin about the differences between 401Ks and pensions.

Labor
5:08 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Highest Minimum Wage In US Takes Effect In SeaTac

Small businesses in SeaTac, Wash., are exempt from a new minimum-wage law but owners say they'll be affected anyway.
KUOW/John Ryan

The nation's highest minimum wage goes into effect Wednesday in the city of SeaTac, Wash. For all the national attention the new $15 an hour minimum has received, it affects a small number of businesses.

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Labor
3:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Labor Expert Says Seattle Was Epicenter Of Labor Movement In 2013

Locally, one of the biggest labor stories of the year was the contract dispute between Boeing and the Machinist Union.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Marcie Sillman talks with John Nichols, Washington correspondent at The Nation, about the year's most significant labor stories.

Labor
3:40 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

$15 Minimum Wage Proponents To Appeal Court Decision

Sea-Tac Airport.
Flickr Photo/Nancy White

Steve Scher talks with Heather Weiner, Yes! for SeaTac campaign spokeswoman, about the next steps after a King County Superior Court Judge ruled the minimum wage law would not apply to employees who work inside the Sea-Tac airport.

Boeing Negotiations
2:45 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite Union Objections, Local Politicians Urge Approval Of Boeing Contract

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson about why he's urging the machinist union to approve Boeing's contract offer.

Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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Labor
9:02 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Union members rallied last week in Everett to call on its membership to vote on the latest Boeing contract offer.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing.

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Boeing Labor Dispute
11:04 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Boeing In The Blood: A Machinist Family Considers Its Options

The Simmonds Family: Andrea, her husband Odin (a machinist at Boeing) and his father Don (a former Boeing employee).
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

For many Boeing machinists the battle to land the 777X production line is deeply personal, and generational.

Boeing runs in the blood of many families, who have tied their fortunes to that of the company.  Andrea Simmonds’ family is like that. A grandfather of hers was a 747 pilot.  Now Odin, her husband, builds the 747. He’s a machinist, like his father Don before him, who once worked the 777 line.

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Economy
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Governor Inslee Says Time For Statewide Minimum Wage Discussion

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:02 am

 Washington Governor Jay Inslee says it’s time for a discussion on raising the state’s minimum wage - already the nation's highest.

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Labor
9:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Murray Appoints Task Force To Avoid Ballot Initiatives On Minimum Wage

Mayor-elect Ed Murray presents his "income inequality" task force.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

At a press conference on Thursday, Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray said Seattle must figure out ways to help low-wage workers, or it risks becoming a city of the rich. He has appointed a task force to study “income inequality,” but no one expects the process to be easy.

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Labor Dispute
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Adjunct Faculty At Seattle University Pushing To Unionize

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle University political science instructor Larry Cushnie about his efforts to organize a union for adjunct faculty members.

Machinists Dispute
11:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Boeing Machinists Rally To Vote On Latest Contract Offer

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists clashed with each other Wednesday at the union’s Everett hall asking that Boeing not require the union leadership’s endorsement in order to proceed with a vote.

About three dozen of them marched from Boeing’s main factory building to call attention to their demand for a vote on Boeing’s latest contract offer.

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Unemployment
7:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Scramble As Loss Of Benefits Looms

Job seekers look for work at the Worksource Oregon office in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 4:58 pm

About 45,000 people in the Northwest will face the new year without the unemployment benefits they've come to rely on.

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Labor
5:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

German Employees Rally Outside Amazon Headquarters: 'We're People, Not Robots'

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee from Germany, speaks at a rally at Amazon's corporate headquarters in South Lake Union.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Outside Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union on Monday, activists chanted in German, “Wir sind Menchen; nicht Roboter.”

Translation: “We are people, not robots.”  

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