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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.

Housing
10:41 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. San Francisco officials are set to vote on a plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, partly fueled by an influx of tech workers and companies, some activists say that not all city residents are reaping the benefits.

Google bus protests are becoming an increasingly regular occurrence in San Francisco, with activists targeting the bus that takes Google workers from San Francisco to Silicon Valley.

There was another protest on Friday, where protesters held signs with the name of a Google executive who is also a landlord. Activists say he’s unfairly evicting tenants.

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Culture Shift
9:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle

Labs desks at WeWork can be rented for $300 per month and include additional access to investors, curated events, monthly demo days and office hours.
Credit Courtesy of WeWork

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph explores the work needs of the millennial generation.

The millennial generation is taking control over how they work and how they live. The group, currently about 18 to 33 years old, is adopting technology that is disrupting old structures and writing the playbook on how to take advantage of technological change.

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Business
3:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Would You Accept Money To Quit Your Job?

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

Ross Reynolds talks with behavioral economist Uri Gneezy about company incentives and why Amazon is implementing the "Pay to Quit" program.

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Economy
3:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

How Collaborative Commons Is The Beginning Of The End For Capitalism

Credit Jeremy Rifkin's latest book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society."

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeremy Rifkin about his new book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism."

Minimum Wage
4:39 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot

King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Vote 15 Campaign Manager Jess Spear at launch of charter amendment.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

A Seattle group seeking a $15 minimum wage has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters. The move aims to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass a measure this year.

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Erratic Cascade Snow
8:16 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce

Notice the brown hills around Sun Valley in this Dec. 29, 2013 file photo. Snowmaking allowed the famous resort to operate during the crucial holiday period.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:07 am

Thanks to late-season snow that fell at many area some Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter.

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Entrepreneurship
1:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos

Alphansine Uwimana writes an order at Inzozi Nziza, or Sweet Dreams, Rwanda's first and only ice cream shop. There are logistical challenges, like power cuts, as well as cultural ones in a country where ice cream is not traditionally popular and women don't often run businesses.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:44 am

Rwanda has a warm climate, and the people love milk. You'd think ice cream would be an easy sell.

But mention ice cream to Chantal Kabatesi, and she rubs her jaw like she's at the dentist with a toothache. When she first tasted ice cream at the age of 35 "it was like eating hailstones," the kind that fall on her childhood village once or twice a year.

"I thought, 'Oh no, what are we serving to our customers? Is it dangerous?' " she said.

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Business And Housing
7:27 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Ultimate Reuse: Shipping Containers For Buildings

Starbucks has been rolling out drive-through, walk-up locations made out of recycled shipping containers. This location is in Tukwila, Washington.
Flickr Photo/vmax137 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The cost of housing in the city is making many people think small, to embrace the micro movement that loves to reuse and recycle. Enter the idea of a shipping container as a building — a natural in a port city like Seattle, which handles 1.6 million container units in a year.

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Tech Entrepreneur
6:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Central Washington Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin 'Mine,' More Coming

MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson inside North America's biggest bitcoin 'mine.'
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:47 pm

Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin "mine" in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Wash.

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Economy
3:21 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Challenges Of The Northwest's Maritime Industry

Credit Flickr Photo/Charles Spurr (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about the challenges facing the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest.

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