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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.

Minimum Wage
9:03 am
Mon January 6, 2014

What To Expect From Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee

Ross Reynolds interviews Howard Wright and David Rolf, co-chairs of Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee designed to tackle the issue of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.

Contract Vote
10:41 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Machinists Vote To Accept Offer: 51 Percent Say Yes

Boeing machinists line up in Everett to vote on a contract offer Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Machinists have spoken, and the vote was 51 percent in favor of the contract extension.

After a nail-biter day of tense waiting, Machinist local Chief of Staff Jim Bearden announced the results to a small crowd of reporters gathered at the union’s Renton headquarters, as union members learned the same news next door.

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Boeing And Microsoft
2:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Puget Sound Business News To Watch In 2014

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde discusses with economics columnist Jon Talton Boeing and Microsoft's big decisions and how they will effect the Puget Sound economy in 2014.

Labor
11:08 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Future In Balance: Boeing Machinists Prepare To Vote Again

The local union posted this image of machinists opposed to Boeing's contract. The machinists are scheduled to vote on the contract at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Credit IAM District 751’s Facebook page

Carolyn Adolph reports on what the union vote could mean for the workers and the state.
Joshua McNichols produced this audio postcard from Everett, where machinists have been rallying.

Boeing machinists will vote Friday evening on a contract for the second time, and this time, the aerospace giant has made it clear that a yes vote guarantees Washington will keep production of the 777X in state.

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Marijuana
7:45 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Tour A State Permitted-Medical Marijuana Grow

Workers at Solstice, a medical marijuana facility in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood, trim raw, dried buds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds interviews Alex Cooley, vice president of Solstice, a medical marijuana grow.

Ross Reynolds tours Solstice, a medical marijuana grow in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.

At Solstice, a nondescript warehouse in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, four people in white lab coats sit at tables in a brightly lit room.

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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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Commodities Pricing
3:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Coffee Prices Down, So Why Am I Still Paying $4.79 For A Latte?

Flickr Photo/Cairns Dining

Marcie Sillman talks with Leslie Josephs, Wall St. Journal commodities market reporter, about how coffee prices can fall without the consumer ever seeing a difference.

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.

Aerospace
1:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Politicians To Boeing Workers: Vote No, And The Wing Will Fly Away

Boeing machinists have been in heated negotiations with management over their contract. Politicians say that the machinists don't approve the latest contract, production of the plane will almost certainly move to another state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tony Cyphert

The politicians and mayors stood together to tell the union machinists that a vote for Boeing’s contract is a vote for stability for everyone. Then they said Boeing had a message.

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Troubled Waters
8:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Shell Still Aims For Arctic Oil Drilling Despite Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig aground on Alaska's Sitkalidak Island in Jan. 2013.
U.S. Coast Guard

Exactly a year ago, an oil rig being towed to Seattle ran aground on a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska. The New Year's Eve accident capped a year of trouble for Shell Oil in Alaska and in Puget Sound.

Shell is still seeking federal approval to drill in the Arctic, and a critical ship in Shell’s Arctic fleet is still sitting idle on the Bellingham, Wash., waterfront.

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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.

Letter of Note
2:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Other 'F Word': Brewer Responds To Starbucks Over Beer Name

After being told that one of his products infringed on a Starbucks trademark, brewpub owner Jeff Britton wrote the coffee company a check.
Exit 6 Brewery

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 4:51 pm

In general, getting a cease-and-desist letter from a big corporation isn't the mark of a good day. But after a brewery owner got a letter from a law firm representing Starbucks, he saw a chance to draw distinctions between the businesses — and to be funny.

The coffee company's bone of contention, Missouri brewer Jeff Britton was told in a Dec. 9 letter, was the use of the name "Frappicino" to describe a stout served at Exit 6 Brewery, a brewpub in a tidy strip mall in Cottleville, northwest of St. Louis.

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