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Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

Dec 30, 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.

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Dec 24, 2013
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”  

Machinist on Boeing Contract: Let Us Vote

Dec 16, 2013
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.

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. 

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

KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

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

Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

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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