Fast food workers and advocates for a higher minimum wage marched from the City of SeaTac to Seattle today as a part of a national day of demonstrations.
Voters in SeaTac this fall narrowly passed a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for some workers in transportation and hospitality businesses within city limits. Now, organizers of the march want that expanded to other areas too, and they have support beyond the workers.
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.
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. In our reporting, we saw that the workers in Colombia have a much higher standard of living than the workers in Bangladesh.
Wilcox Farms, where a man was buried under tons of corn on Monday when a silo gave way, was cited for six violations last summer that could have put workers in serious danger, according to inspection reports.
Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.
This week Boeing's machinists union voted against a proposed contract extension that came with a promise to build the new 777X in Washington state. Did they preserve the future of aerospace in Puget Sound or will Boeing's next move be to South Carolina or Southern California?
Challenger Kshama Sawant appears headed toward a victory over incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin after initially being several percentage points behind on election night. How will a socialist sit with City Hall?
Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank marvels at the chutzpah of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
Ross Reynolds talks with Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University, about how the Boeing machinist vote will affect the future of labor negotiations in Washington and across the country.
Standing before a crowd of Boeing machinists on Thursday night, Tom Wroblewski, president of the Boeing machinists union, tore up a copy of the proposed contract and said he would try to stop it from coming to a vote.
Part 1 of 4 in "Hunger in the Valley of Plenty," a series by KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Listen to the radio series on The California Report Thursday and Friday and watch the full special Friday on KQED 9. Full schedule. By Sasha Khokha Video: Hungry in Raisin City.