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Ballot Avoidance
4:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

No Proposal Yet From Mayor's Minimum Wage Committee

Mayor Ed Murray addresses the press on Thursday afternoon, flanked by demonstrators on both sides of the minimum wage debate.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his Income Inequaltiy Committee have not yet reached an agreement in raising the minimum wage.

Murray was expected to announce an initial proposal for the City Council at a press conference Thursday afternoon, but said that though the committee had reached an agreement in principle, there was not yet a viable proposal.

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$15 Campaign
8:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Seattle Mayor To Announce Plan For Raising Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall Wednesday in support of a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his proposal for a minimum wage increase Thursday afternoon after his advisory committee was unable to reach a consensus.

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Quarterly Earning Report
2:31 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Boeing Says More Work Could Stay In-House

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Boeing announced quarterly earnings Wednesday morning that beat analysts' expectations. CEO Jim McNerney said part of the company's success story is the new economics of its labor force.

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Income Disparity
1:20 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:05 pm

At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.

Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. (Compensation includes salary, bonus and the value of exercised options.)

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Amazon
1:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Monica Chavez packs up a box at an Amazon.com fulfillment center Dec. 2, in Phoenix.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:38 pm

Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. In fact, few do.

Congress is considering a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act that would force many online sellers to collect sales taxes for the first time.

In the meantime, some states have already enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional brick-and-mortar stores do.

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Income Inequality
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Immigrant Business Owners Weigh In On Seattle's Minimum Wage

Credit Flickr Photo/torbakhopper (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Taylor Hoang, owner of the Pho Cyclo Cafe, about the minimum wage debate in Seattle.

As an immigrant business owner, Hoang is in favor of a proposal that would implement a much lower minimum wage. The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $10.35 and gradually increase to $15 over the next 10 years.

Economic
2:59 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Growing Wage Gap Between Executives And Workers

Credit Flickr Photo/Tax Credits (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about the growing income gap between CEOs and workers.

Cannabis Retail
8:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

File photo of James Lucas of Tacoma Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary
Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:11 am

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

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OpenSSL Foundation
12:44 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

A lock icon signifies an encrypted Internet connection. But thanks to a recently discovered (and now fixed) bug, it's been bleeding out information for a few years.
Mal Langsdon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 10:01 am

The encryption code unlocked by the Heartbleed bug last week provided vital security for some of the most widely used websites on the Internet. Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source code for their core business. But it turns out no one is paying for it.

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Cannabis Cup
5:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 8:53 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Today, some 30,000 people will converge in Denver, Colo. for the 5th annual Cannabis Cup, a marijuana festival and tradeshow. It's the first time the event is being held after legal marijuana sales went into effect January 1 of this year. To learn more about the event, we're joined by Ricardo Baca. He's the editor of "The Cannabist" blog at the Denver Post. Thanks so much for being with us, Ricardo.

RICARDO BACA: Hey. Thank you.

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Workplace Rights
3:18 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Does Seattle Need Better Enforcement Of Labor Laws?

David Hyde talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about why he's pushing for better enforcement of labor standards in Seattle.

The Week In Review
1:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up

Washington state Senator Rodney Tom.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Senate

As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to not seek re-election this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature.

Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal? 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Career Liability
7:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

While many women continue to work with little change in their duties while pregnant, others find that pregnancy can be a career liability.
Yuri Arcurs iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:06 pm

The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.

But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.

Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Then, her supervisor intervened.

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Technology
4:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:33 am

The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.

On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.

But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

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Aerospace
2:04 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Why Boeing Is Moving Engineering Jobs Out Of Everett

Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about Boeing moving engineering jobs out of Everett and Washington state.

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