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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
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.

Retail Shopping
2:44 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The Stores Are Watching You

Flickr Photo/Fujin

Jeannie Yandel talks with freelance journalist Max Strasser about the many ways in which retailers are collecting data on your habits.

EarthFix Reports
1:46 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Feds: Coal Companies Must Pay To Suppress Dust From Trains

A coal train makes its way through Eastern Washington.
Flickr Photo/Aaron Hockley

A federal board has ruled that the coal companies operating in the Powder River Basin have to take certain measures to reduce the amount of dust that is escaping from coal train cars.

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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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Energy Market
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

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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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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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Marketing
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Big Pharma's Marketing Strategies

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David Hyde talks with Natalie Mizik, University of Washington marketing professor, about how successful big pharmaceuticals are at marketing their products.

Boeing And The 777x
3:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Understanding The Boeing Labor Disputes

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

Marcie Sillman talks with Elizabeth Ford, visiting assistant professor at Seattle University's School of Law, about the strategies and laws behind the Boeing labor negotiations.

Aerospace
4:11 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Machinist on Boeing Contract: Let Us Vote

Boeing's Everett, Wash., production plant.
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.

777x Production
3:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Business Of Boeing In Washington State

Boeing's Everett production facility.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Office of Aerospace director Alex Pietsch about Boeing, the commercial airplane business and the ongoing effort to get the 777X built in the Puget Sound region.

Shellfish
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Taylor Shellfish Says China's Ban Is Hurting Business Already

China's recent ban on Northwest shellfish from Alaska to California is having a big impact on local producers.
Flickr Photo/Cedric Sam

Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish about how China's recent ban on Northwest shellfish imports is affecting business.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Boeing, Bertha, And McGinn On McGinn

Bertha is stuck just over 1,000 feet into its dig for the new SR 99 tunnel.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It's been a busy week: Talks between Boeing and its machinists union to secure the 777X continue to be rocky. Bertha, the world's largest tunneling machine, ground to a halt 60 feel below downtown and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn looked back on four years in office. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Labor
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Washington State Sees Big Jump In Use of Temporary Foreign Farmhands

File photo.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:38 pm

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

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