wages http://kuow.org en Rent Is On The Rise, In Spite Of Stagnant Income http://kuow.org/post/rent-rise-spite-stagnant-income A new report shows rents are up in cities and metro areas across the country, as demand for apartments continue to exceed supply.<p>The average monthly apartment rent for the year&#8217;s second quarter was $1,099, up from $1,064 at the same time last year. The quarterly report from Reis, the real estate research firm, revealed that this was the 18th consecutive quarter of rent increases.<p>This comes as median household income remains stagnant. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:33:40 +0000 editor 37554 at http://kuow.org Rent Is On The Rise, In Spite Of Stagnant Income The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary http://kuow.org/post/company-where-everyone-knows-everyone-elses-salary Dane Atkinson is a tech entrepreneur who started his first company at 17 and has run almost a dozen more since. He's so friendly that he manages to sound cheerful while explaining the art of hiring workers for as little money possible.<p>"I have on many occasions paid the exact same skill set wildly different fees because I was able to negotiate with one person better than another," he says.<p>Some employees were worth $70,000 a year, but only asked for $50,000 a year. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:33:07 +0000 Lisa Pollak 37552 at http://kuow.org The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary Cities Look To Lure Away Seattle Businesses After $15 Wage Hike http://kuow.org/post/cities-look-lure-away-seattle-businesses-after-15-wage-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Hyde interviews Carl Adrian, president of the Tri-City Development Council. He has a message to Seattle entrepreneurs that want to relocate due to the hike in the minimum wage here: "</span>We're open for business." Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:41:41 +0000 David Hyde 36725 at http://kuow.org City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan http://kuow.org/post/city-council-questions-mayors-minimum-wage-plan <p>The Seattle City Council took up Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal Thursday. Labor leaders said they weren’t thrilled about the council's opening questions. Fri, 23 May 2014 16:22:23 +0000 Amy Radil 35047 at http://kuow.org City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night http://kuow.org/post/minimum-wage-limbo-keeps-small-business-owners-night <p>As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and as minimum wage advocates gather signatures to put an even stronger measure on the November ballot, businesses in the city are finding themselves in an uncomfortable position: in limbo. Thu, 22 May 2014 17:07:05 +0000 Deborah Wang 34945 at http://kuow.org Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night Former Obama Administration Economist On Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike http://kuow.org/post/former-obama-administration-economist-seattles-proposed-minimum-wage-hike <p>David Hyde interviews&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/">Jared Bernstein</a>, former chief economist for the Obama Administration, about the proposed minimum wage hike in Seattle.&nbsp; </span> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:43:00 +0000 David Hyde 34604 at http://kuow.org Former Obama Administration Economist On Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike Seattle Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal On Its Way To The City Council http://kuow.org/post/seattle-mayors-minimum-wage-proposal-its-way-city-council <p>David Hyde talks to Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark about what happens next with the minimum wage proposal released by Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee Thursday. Fri, 02 May 2014 22:40:52 +0000 David Hyde & Cameron Drews 33798 at http://kuow.org Seattle Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal On Its Way To The City Council What's Next For Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal? http://kuow.org/post/whats-next-mayor-murrays-minimum-wage-proposal <p>David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at PubliCola, about what must happen next for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal to pass the City Council. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:54:14 +0000 Arwen Nicks & David Hyde 33707 at http://kuow.org What's Next For Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal? 15Now Reacts To Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal http://kuow.org/post/15now-reacts-mayor-murrays-minimum-wage-proposal <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with Jesse Lessinger, an organizer for 15Now, about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:53:26 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Posey Gruener 33708 at http://kuow.org 15Now Reacts To Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal 'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business http://kuow.org/post/our-industry-follows-poverty-success-threatens-t-shirt-business The Planet Money men's T-shirt was made in Bangladesh, by workers who make about $3 a day, with overtime. The Planet Money women's T-shirt was made in Colombia, by workers who make roughly $13 a day, without overtime.<p>The wages in both places are remarkably low by U.S. standards. But the gap between them is huge. Workers in Colombia make more than four times what their counterparts make in Bangladesh. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:46:00 +0000 editor 24900 at http://kuow.org 'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business How To Get A Raise http://kuow.org/post/how-get-raise <p>Referred to as one of the most awkward conversations outside of a first date, asking for a raise is no walk in the park. There's an art to it. And in this economic climate where rent is skyrocketing and wages are stagnating, knowing how to ask for more money is a good skill to have. President of Career-Horizons, Matt Youngquist, teaches Ross Reynolds the art of salary negotiation. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:35:19 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 20902 at http://kuow.org How To Get A Raise "Statistically Insignificant" Wage And Poverty Numbers Tell A Larger Story http://kuow.org/post/statistically-insignificant-wage-and-poverty-numbers-tell-larger-story <p>The US Census Bureau <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-165.html">released numbers this week </a>looking at poverty rates and wages across the US in 2012. <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-r86.html">Our local numbers</a> reflect what’s happening around the country: the number of people living in poverty has stagnated and wages have stayed about the same.</p><p>At first glance, this may seem like good news, or even non-news. But the census numbers reveal a larger picture of what’s happening in the wake of the recession: that people in low and middle income brackets aren’t really experiencing a recovery.</p><p>Jennifer Romich is the director of the <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/wcpc/">West Coast Poverty Center</a> and an associate professor at the <a href="http://socialwork.uw.edu/">UW School of Social Work</a>. She told KUOW's Marcie Sillman the "statistically insignificant" numbers from the Census Bureau paint a concerning picture of many people that are unable to get ahead financially. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:04:37 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20646 at http://kuow.org "Statistically Insignificant" Wage And Poverty Numbers Tell A Larger Story Seattle Fast Food Workers Strike For $15 Wage http://kuow.org/post/seattle-fast-food-workers-strike-15-wage <p>Fast-food workers and union activists in Seattle and Tacoma joined a nationwide rally Thursday aimed to bring attention to a drive for a $15 minimum wage. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:36:34 +0000 Liz Jones 19420 at http://kuow.org Seattle Fast Food Workers Strike For $15 Wage Fast Food Workers Walk Out In Seattle, Protesting Wages http://kuow.org/post/fast-food-workers-walk-out-seattle-protesting-wages <p>Fast food workers have begun striking in Seattle this morning. According to organizers, strike lines will take place at several coffee spots around the downtown area. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:28:42 +0000 Jamala Henderson 19396 at http://kuow.org Fast Food Workers Walk Out In Seattle, Protesting Wages For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table http://kuow.org/post/restaurant-workers-struggle-put-food-table Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't <em>mean</em> to make a career in the restaurant business. But after Nyankale was in college for two years, her mom lost her job as a schoolteacher and could no longer pay tuition. Then, Nyankale's temp jobs in bookkeeping dried up in the recession. So she went back to her standby — restaurant work.<p>"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:32:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 19360 at http://kuow.org For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table