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Job Shift
7:32 am
Thu July 3, 2014

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:35 am

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.

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Minimum Wage
11:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

$15 Wage Supporters Say Foes Are Playing Dirty

Leaflet from supporters of $15 an hour minimum wage warns voters that the Forward Seattle petition campaign seeks to repeal the new law.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 7/2/2014, 4:51 p.m. PT: 

Forward Seattle, a group opposing Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law, today submitted its petitions to put the law up for a popular vote.  

The Seattle City Clerk’s office says the group turned in more than 19,000 signatures. 16,510 signatures are required to put the law on the ballot. 

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Supreme Court Ruling
6:25 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Could Northwest Union Members Avoid Paying Dues?

Legal experts in Washington state are still assessing Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding labor unions. At issue is whether unions can require home health care workers to pay certain dues and fees. And, as KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, Washington is one of a handful of states where this ruling could apply.

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Law
3:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Private Industry Side Of Criminal Justice

Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system.

Rideshares
12:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares

Fentahun Amare and his son Amanuel, with the citation that started the trouble.
Credit Amy Radil

On June 16, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that a stakeholders group had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. In exchange, companies like Lyft and Uber would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers.

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Labor
7:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:46 am

One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential "final destruction" or "kill shot" for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.

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Mental Health
12:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.

So she started seeing a psychotherapist online.

"It's definitely been different," she says. Kay, who lives in New York, found her counselor through an online therapy service called Pretty Padded Room. When it's time for an appointment, all she has to do is log in to the website, click a link and start video chatting.

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Tips
3:45 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:14 am

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.

In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. But according to a White House report, tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty.

Living On Tips

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Retail Pot
2:51 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Into The (Near) Future Of Washington Marijuana Stores

Marcie Sillman talks with Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus about the pros and cons of Colorado's legal marijuana stores, and what that could mean for Washington's soon-to-be-open pot shops.

The Pot Dude
9:01 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Washington Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Washington, is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:00 am

Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of Monkey Grass Farms in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Minimum Wage
6:51 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

File photo of the main terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:01 am

Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday.

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Books
2:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Barnes & Noble To Split Into Two Companies

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:19 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a goodbye to Nook. All right, the giant book retailer Barnes & Noble is splitting in two. The company says it is separating its profitable retail bookstores from its weak Nook digital operation. Nook has lost $700 million in its e-reader and e-book business over the past two years. Microsoft will invest in the new Nook media as it tries to catch up to digital book leader Amazon. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Minimum Wage
3:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes $13 Minimum Wage By 2017

Sea-Tac Airport
Credit Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Lisa Brooks talks with Port of Seattle co-president Courtney Gregoire about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for SeaTac airport employees to $13 by 2017.

Wage Debate
2:37 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes Uneven Airport Wage Increase

Marcie Sillman talks with Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the group YES! for SeaTac, about the Port of Seattle Commission's proposal to raise wages for some airport workers, but not others.

Courts
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.

Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot.

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