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Organized Labor
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ruling Says College Football Players Are University Employees, Can Unionize

Northwestern University logo.
Credit Flickr Photo/Terry Johnston (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with writer Buzz Bissinger about the National Labor Relations Board decision to allow football players at Northwestern University to form a labor union.

School Transportation
7:56 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.

More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school.

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Labor
1:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

After The Machinists Vote, Labor Seeks New Directions

Seattle's Labor Temple, with its distinctive neon sign
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The idea of coming together in common cause is woven into Washington’s social fabric, especially into its union history. But labor has suffered reversals before, and it suffered a large one on Jan. 3, when the Machinists union voted by a narrow margin to abandon the Boeing pension plan. At stake was a key production line.

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Labor Dispute
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Some Local Machinists Asking For A Recount Of Boeing Contract Vote

James White, a Boeing machinist, said that he voted against the contract and dressed as Captain America to encourage others to do the same at the Everett Machinists Union vote last week.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Marcie Sillman talks with Connie Kelliher, spokesperson for Machinists Union District Lodge 751, about Friday's vote to approve Boeing's contract extension proposal.

Labor & Unions
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

What Boeing Contract Extension Means For Organized Labor Nationally

Boeing machinists in Everett waited two and half hours in line to cast their vote on the contract extension on Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Puget Sound sociology professor Leon Grunberg about the larger implications for organized labor following Friday's vote to approve a contract extension between Boeing and local machinists.

Boeing Labor Dispute
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Local And National Union Leaders Divided Over Boeing Contract Vote

Courtesy/Boeing Company

Jeannie Yandel talks with Clark University industrial relations professor Gary Chaison about the divide between national and local leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Aerospace
9:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Boeing Introduces 777X, Boasts $95B In Advance Sales

Emirati officials greet each other on Sunday in front of an Emirates Airbus A380 on display during the opening day of the Dubai Airshow in Dubai.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Days after Boeing said it would look outside the Puget Sound area to build the 777X, the aerospace giant formally introduced the jetliner at the Dubai Airshow this weekend.

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Labor
11:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

What Boeing Machinists' Rejection Means For Labor

At the heart of the debate: The Boeing 777X jetliner (a prototype).
Credit Boeing handout.

In the hours after Boeing machinists overwhelmingly voted down an eight-year contract, a theme emerged: The machinists view themselves as a family that could not vote for a contract that would hurt future generations.

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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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Farmworker Labor Dispute
6:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Labor Strike Continues At Burlington Berry Farm

Immigrant advocates and workers on strike from Sakuma Brothers Farms boycott a store in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood in August.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

More than a week has passed since more than 200 berry pickers walked off the job at a major farm near Burlington, marking the third strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms since July.

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Back-to-School Bargaining
9:10 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Seattle School District headquarters
From Washington State Department of Ecology site.

Seattle School District and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, two-year contract.

The district and Seattle Education Association (SEA) bargained for more than 12 hours Saturday. The deal was finalized early Sunday morning.

The district and union are waiting to publicly release details of the contract until SEA has been able to relay the offer to teachers. 

Last-minute sticking points involved teacher pay, work hours and using student test scores in teacher evaluations.

Seattle teachers will vote on the contract Tuesday evening. 

School is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Union Showdown
12:39 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Contract Talks Stall Between Seattle Teachers And District

Flickr Photo/tncountryfan

UPDATE: 8/24/13, 9:41 a.m. PT

In a letter to the community Friday evening, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda outlined key elements of the district's latest contract offer, including a four percent pay increase over two years, hiring extra support staff including school psychologists, nurses, speech pathologists, and occupational and physical therapists, and improvements to the special education delivery model.

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Seattle School Board
9:18 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Crowds Turn Out For Board Meeting Weeks Before School Begins

Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center founder K. Wyking Garrett addresses the Seattle School Board Wednesday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

School doesn't start for two weeks, but it was standing room only at the Seattle School Board meeting Wednesday night as hundreds of community members turned out for a host of issues they want settled before school begins.

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Contract Negotiations
8:16 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Seattle Teachers’ Union, District Still Far Apart In Contract Talks

Seattle School District headquarters.
From Washington State Department of Ecology site.

Tension is building during contract talks between Seattle School District and its teachers’ union.

The two sides need to agree on a new, three-year contract before school begins in less than a month.

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Contract Negotiations
5:03 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle Teachers Balk At District's Proposal To Increase Class Sizes

Flickr Photo/sidewalk flying (CC BY-NC-ND)

Class size appears to be the main sticking point between Seattle School District and its teachers’ union as they bargain a new, three-year contract before school is scheduled to start next month.

Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp says the district’s latest proposal, made last week, would increase class sizes in Seattle by two students per class in grades four through twelve.

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