Ashley Gross http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-licata-calls-new-department-enforce-labor-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This may be the year that Seattle adopts one of the highest minimum wages in the country. But labor advocates and Seattle City Council member Nick </span>Licata<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say without tough enforcement, a new wage law will be toothless.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 16085 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws Boeing Moves 1,000 Customer Support Jobs Out Of Wash. State To SoCal http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-moves-1000-customer-support-jobs-out-wash-state-socal <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Boeing is moving about 1,000 of its customer support jobs out of Washington and into Southern California.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The company said Thursday that it is centralizing its customer support to its engineering design center in Southern California. It already employs 1,800 people at its Long Beach and Seal Beach sites there.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:45:50 +0000 The Associated Press & Ashley Gross 15890 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Moves 1,000 Customer Support Jobs Out Of Wash. State To SoCal Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-are-seattle-restaurant-owners-pushing-so-called-tip-credit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143898828&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re a restaurant server in Texas or Mississippi, you probably earn $2.13 an hour from your employer. That’s the federal minimum wage for people who earn tips.</span></p><p>But here, servers earn at least $9.32 an hour, and then earn tips on top of that. Washington is one of seven states that require that tipped workers get the same minimum wage as everyone else. But with talk of a $15 an hour minimum wage, restaurant owners are pushing back.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:39:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 15825 at http://www.kplu.org Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' http://www.kplu.org/post/san-francisco-officials-living-wage-airport-workers-has-gone-long-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143779002&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since San Francisco set a higher minimum wage for its airport workers back in 2000, the city has seen a positive effect, officials from San Francisco International Airport told Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:27:27 +0000 Ashley Gross 15824 at http://www.kplu.org San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-mulls-creating-park-district-fund-repairs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143604173&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The city of Seattle says its parks need major repairs and it doesn’t have the money to pay for them.</p><p>On Monday night, the Seattle City Council will hear from the public on the idea of creating a special park district that could levy its own taxes.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:14:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 15770 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs Machinists Union Reform Candidates Explain Why They're Running http://www.kplu.org/post/machinists-union-reform-candidates-explain-why-theyre-running <p><em>Editor's Note: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a union of about 333,000 dues-paying members across the country, has not had a contested election for its top posts since 1961. People have tried to get through the nomination and endorsement process in the past to challenge the union's leadership, but they haven't succeeded, until now. Machinists are voting throughout the month of April, and the results will be known next month.</em></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:03:06 +0000 Ashley Gross 15648 at http://www.kplu.org Machinists Union Reform Candidates Explain Why They're Running Boeing Contract Fight Fuels Effort To Oust Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-contract-fight-fuels-effort-oust-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142945230&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing machinists in the Puget Sound region have a rare chance to head to the polls Thursday and vote on who should run their union’s national headquarters. It’s the first contested election for the top leadership posts in more than 50 years, and lingering anger over the recent Boeing contract extension vote is fueling an effort to oust the union leaders.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 15634 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Contract Fight Fuels Effort To Oust Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union Machinists Union President Buffenbarger On Boeing, Reformers’ Challenge http://www.kplu.org/post/machinists-union-president-buffenbarger-boeing-reformers-challenge <p><em>Editor's Note: Tom Buffenbarger has held the top job of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers since 1997. He’s been in the public eye in the Pacific Northwest ever since the contentious Boeing contract-extension votes that took place last November and in January. </em></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 15635 at http://www.kplu.org Machinists Union President Buffenbarger On Boeing, Reformers’ Challenge Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language http://www.kplu.org/post/group-pushing-15hour-minimum-wage-seattle-plans-file-ballot-initiative-language <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141940464&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ever since Seattle Mayor Ed&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murray set up a committee to study how to hike Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, there’s been the faint sound of a clock ticking. Now that clock is getting louder.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:18:02 +0000 Ashley Gross 15435 at http://www.kplu.org Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language Former Employee Sues SeaTac Company, Alleges Employer Didn't Pay $15 Min. Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/former-employee-sues-seatac-company-alleges-employer-didnt-pay-15-min-wage <p>One of the 13 workers who filed complaints with the city of SeaTac alleging their employer was illegally failing to pay the new $15-an-hour minimum wage has now filed <a href="http://www.sgb-law.com/sgb-files-class-action-behalf-workers-seatac-parking-lot-refuses-comply-new-15hr-minimum-wage/" target="_blank">a lawsuit</a> against the company.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:44:45 +0000 Ashley Gross 15345 at http://www.kplu.org Former Employee Sues SeaTac Company, Alleges Employer Didn't Pay $15 Min. Wage SeaTac Parking Lot Company Fires Workers Who Complained About Not Getting $15/Hour http://www.kplu.org/post/seatac-parking-lot-company-fires-workers-who-complained-about-not-getting-15hour <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141440634&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:03:10 +0000 Ashley Gross 15295 at http://www.kplu.org SeaTac Parking Lot Company Fires Workers Who Complained About Not Getting $15/Hour Study: Seattle Worker Needs Min. Wage Of $21.60/Hour To Afford Two-Bedroom Rental http://www.kplu.org/post/study-seattle-worker-needs-min-wage-2160hour-afford-two-bedroom-rental <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141404365&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:05:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 15256 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Seattle Worker Needs Min. Wage Of $21.60/Hour To Afford Two-Bedroom Rental Starbucks CEO Schultz: $15 Minimum Wage Would Be Hard For Small Businesses http://www.kplu.org/post/starbucks-ceo-schultz-15-minimum-wage-would-be-hard-small-businesses <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says a $15 per hour minimum wage in Seattle may not have such a big effect on his company, but he’s concerned it would hit small- and medium-sized businesses hard.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:51:35 +0000 Ashley Gross 15060 at http://www.kplu.org Starbucks CEO Schultz: $15 Minimum Wage Would Be Hard For Small Businesses NTSB Investigating Fatal KOMO News Helicopter Crash Near Space Needle http://www.kplu.org/post/ntsb-investigating-fatal-komo-news-helicopter-crash-near-space-needle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two people were killed inside a news helicopter when it crashed outside the&nbsp;KOMO-TV&nbsp;studios near the Space Needle in Seattle, sending clouds of black smoke into the sky during the rush hour at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:43:28 +0000 Associated Press, Ed Ronco, Ashley Gross & Gabriel Spitzer 14973 at http://www.kplu.org NTSB Investigating Fatal KOMO News Helicopter Crash Near Space Needle Seattle City Council Approves Driver Cap For Rideshare Companies http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-approves-driver-cap-rideshare-companies <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">After working on new regulations for about a year, the Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to limit the number of rideshare drivers who can be active at any one time.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">Companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar will be able to each have 150 drivers active on the dispatch system at a given time. Those so-called "transportation network companies" let drivers use their personal vehicles and connect with passengers via smartphone applications.</span> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:51:54 +0000 Ashley Gross 14957 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council Approves Driver Cap For Rideshare Companies