Labor http://www.kplu.org en Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change http://www.kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-battle-sakuma-bros-farms-court-over-housing-policy-change <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155102601&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Even as the summer berry season gets underway, some of the workers who pick those berries have been battling with a Skagit County farm in court. They’ve challenged&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms over its new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:44:24 +0000 Ashley Gross 17258 at http://www.kplu.org Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change Following Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase, Home Care Workers Push For $15 An Hour http://www.kplu.org/post/following-seattles-minimum-wage-increase-home-care-workers-push-15-hour <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153780955&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union that represents home care workers across Washington state is calling for a new contract that phases in a $15-an-hour minimum wage. They’re hoping Seattle’s recent vote to gradually hike the wage floor will help bolster their argument.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:47:30 +0000 Ashley Gross 17063 at http://www.kplu.org Following Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase, Home Care Workers Push For $15 An Hour Governor-Appointed Group To Tackle Farm Labor Issues In Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/governor-appointed-group-tackle-farm-labor-issues-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152694580&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After a tumultuous year in which berry pickers at a Skagit County farm went on repeated strikes, a new group appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee is set to start tackling farm labor issues.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:41:13 +0000 Ashley Gross 16936 at http://www.kplu.org Governor-Appointed Group To Tackle Farm Labor Issues In Wash. State 5 Things One Anthropologist Learned While Working As A Migrant Berry Picker In Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/5-things-one-anthropologist-learned-while-working-migrant-berry-picker-wash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150538151&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seth Holmes is a doctor and anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley who did something that wouldn’t occur to most white, middle-class, highly-educated Americans.</p><p>About a decade ago, he spent a year and a half traveling, living with and working alongside migrant indigenous Mexican farmworkers from the state of Oaxaca. His stint included two seasons picking strawberries and blueberries on a large farm in Skagit County.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16719 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Things One Anthropologist Learned While Working As A Migrant Berry Picker In Wash. Machinists Union Leaders Keep Their Posts After Rare Contested Election http://www.kplu.org/post/machinists-union-leaders-keep-their-posts-after-rare-contested-election <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148757120&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After a rare contested election, the incumbents have retained their posts at the top of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.</p><p>International President Tom Buffenbarger kept the position he’s held since 1997 by a margin of two-to-one, according to preliminary results. About 23,500 members voted for Buffenbarger, and about 11,200 voted for IAM Reform candidate, Jay Cronk.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:08:02 +0000 Ashley Gross 16478 at http://www.kplu.org Machinists Union Leaders Keep Their Posts After Rare Contested Election Longtime Union Organizer Says Machinists' Reform Push Is A Hopeful Sign For Labor http://www.kplu.org/post/longtime-union-organizer-says-machinists-reform-push-hopeful-sign-labor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147624372&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:04:40 +0000 Ashley Gross 16379 at http://www.kplu.org Longtime Union Organizer Says Machinists' Reform Push Is A Hopeful Sign For Labor Boeing CEO: Moving Engineering Jobs Out Of Wash. Will 'Strengthen Our Company' http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-ceo-moving-engineering-jobs-out-wash-will-strengthen-our-company <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146132600&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney says he understands that shifting engineering work away from Washington state may be controversial, but he says these moves “strengthen our company, strengthen our engineering capability.”</p><p>Over the past year, the Chicago-based aerospace giant has announced several transfers of engineering jobs that affect thousands of Puget Sound-area employees. Most recently, the company said earlier this month that it will <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-moves-1000-customer-support-jobs-out-wash-state-socal">move 1,000 engineering positions to southern California</a> as it makes that region the center of customer support for airplanes currently in service.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:47:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 16221 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing CEO: Moving Engineering Jobs Out Of Wash. Will 'Strengthen Our Company' Space Needle Owners Violated Federal Labor Law, Administrative Law Judge Finds http://www.kplu.org/post/space-needle-owners-violated-federal-labor-law-administrative-law-judge-finds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The owners of Seattle’s most famous landmark, the Space Needle, violated federal labor law, according to an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The landmark that dominates Seattle's skyline is owned by Space Needle LLC, a private company owned by the descendants of the construction entrepreneur Howard S. Wright. The company he founded later built the Space Needle for the 1962 World's Fair. A spokesman says the company plans to appeal the judge's decision.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:20:12 +0000 Ashley Gross 14573 at http://www.kplu.org Space Needle Owners Violated Federal Labor Law, Administrative Law Judge Finds Volkswagen Vote Won't Stop Machinists From Continuing Boeing South Carolina Effort http://www.kplu.org/post/volkswagen-vote-wont-stop-machinists-continuing-boeing-south-carolina-effort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vote by Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers union has sent </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">shock waves</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> throughout the world of organized labor. And that setback is an example of why the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers faces an uphill battle organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13847 at http://www.kplu.org Volkswagen Vote Won't Stop Machinists From Continuing Boeing South Carolina Effort Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://www.kplu.org/post/reform-candidates-try-dislodge-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The contentious Boeing contract extension offer that machinists narrowly passed earlier this month left many workers unhappy with their union leaders. This Saturday, they’ll have a chance to nominate new candidates for top positions in the union’s national headquarters.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the <a href="http://iamreform.org/" target="_blank">reform candidates</a> face an uphill battle in their effort to dislodge the top leaders. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hasn’t had a contested election for its highest jobs in more than half a century.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12796 at http://www.kplu.org Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-challenges-seatac-minimum-wage-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alaska Air Group is trying to quash a ballot initiative in the city of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that would hike wages for airport ground crew and other workers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The initiative would set a $15 per-hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac—people at the airport like baggage handlers and folks who push wheelchairs, as well as hotel workers and employees at rental car companies.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:26:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 9343 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Sea-Tac workers aim for pay raise with ballot initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/sea-tac-workers-aim-pay-raise-ballot-initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Airport are trying to get a big pay raise by way of a ballot initiative. If approved, the increase would put them 60 percent over the state’s minimum wage of $9.19 per hour.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8813 at http://www.kplu.org Sea-Tac workers aim for pay raise with ballot initiative Seattle Symphony, Opera musicians approve contract http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-symphony-opera-musicians-approve-contract <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Labor disputes have shut down performances across the country, but Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera fans don’t have to worry about cancelations anytime soon. The musicians have agreed to a new contract.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:25:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 8776 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Symphony, Opera musicians approve contract Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-union-tally-strike-authorization-vote <p></p><p>Boeing is facing the specter of a possible engineers’ strike even as the company races to get the 787 Dreamliner back in the air. Tonight, the engineers’ union will tally votes to see whether members have rejected the contract and authorized a strike. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7810 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote Report says Theo Chocolate tried to quash union effort http://www.kplu.org/post/report-says-theo-chocolate-tried-quash-union-effort <p></p><p>Seattle-based Theo Chocolate is known for its focus on sustainability and fair trade. But a new report says the company doesn’t deserve its "Fair for Life" certification because it tried to prevent workers from unionizing a couple of years ago. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:19:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7801 at http://www.kplu.org Report says Theo Chocolate tried to quash union effort