Labor dispute http://www.kplu.org en What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-farm-guest-worker-program-and-why-it-controversial-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153152224&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>People in Seattle are familiar with the H-1B visa program that brings high-tech employees from abroad, but another, more obscure foreign worker program has churned up a lot of controversy in the state recently.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17022 at http://www.kplu.org What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? Sakuma Brothers Farms Withdraws Application For H-2A Guest Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/sakuma-brothers-farms-withdraws-application-h-2a-guest-workers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152524521&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> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:59:53 +0000 Ashley Gross 16904 at http://www.kplu.org Sakuma Brothers Farms Withdraws Application For H-2A Guest Workers Berry Pickers Sue Sakuma Brothers Farms, Allege Retaliation After Last Year’s Strikes http://www.kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-sue-sakuma-brothers-farms-allege-retaliation-after-last-year-s-strikes <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150167112&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Editor's note: The story has been updated to clarify that the berry pickers formed a workers' association. They did not form a union by holding an election under the National Labor Relations Act.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Berry pickers who went on strike at </span>Sakuma<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brothers Farms in Skagit County several times last year have filed a suit against the company, alleging retaliation.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The workers say </span>Sakuma<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has blacklisted many of them from working this summer as payback for their walkouts.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16643 at http://www.kplu.org Berry Pickers Sue Sakuma Brothers Farms, Allege Retaliation After Last Year’s Strikes Mental Health Clinicians In Thurston, Mason And Grays Harbor Counties Go On Strike http://www.kplu.org/post/mental-health-clinicians-thurston-mason-and-grays-harbor-counties-go-strike <p>More than 150 case managers, therapists and other employees of Behavioral Health Resources have walked off the job for a three-day strike. The agency provides mental-health and substance-abuse services in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties, mostly to Medicaid recipients.</p><p>The agency is in deep financial straits and had to take out a line of credit to make payroll in December.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:21:45 +0000 Ashley Gross 14867 at http://www.kplu.org Mental Health Clinicians In Thurston, Mason And Grays Harbor Counties Go On Strike Labor Dispute Halts Some Work on Seattle's Tunnel Project http://www.kplu.org/post/labor-dispute-halts-some-work-seattles-tunnel-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle's waterfront tunnel project is huge. At its height, it's supposed to create almost 3,900 jobs. In a move that shows how important&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">each one of those jobs is, longshoremen headed out to a picket line to protect four of them.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that labor dispute&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over those four jobs has caused some work on the project to grind to a halt.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:05:42 +0000 Ashley Gross 9698 at http://www.kplu.org Labor Dispute Halts Some Work on Seattle's Tunnel Project One Grain Exporter Reaches Labor Deal; Picket Lines At Another http://www.kplu.org/post/one-grain-exporter-reaches-labor-deal-picket-lines-another <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022713TB_Longshore_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There are several new developments Wednesday in a long-running labor dispute between unionized longshoremen and Northwest grain terminal operators. One grain exporter announced it reached a contract agreement, while another locked out its union workers after discovering what it called sabotage.<p>Picket lines sprung up almost immediately in front of the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:05:00 +0000 Tom Banse 7880 at http://www.kplu.org One Grain Exporter Reaches Labor Deal; Picket Lines At Another Analyst calls SPEEA decision on Boeing contract 'total capitulation' http://www.kplu.org/post/analyst-calls-speea-decision-boeing-contract-total-capitulation <p></p><p>Boeing’s refusing to make any improvements in the contract it has offered technical workers. The union says it will now put that same offer out for another vote, a move that an analyst characterizes as giving up. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:55:11 +0000 Ashley Gross 7874 at http://www.kplu.org Space Needle workers say labor dispute is escalating http://www.kplu.org/post/space-needle-workers-say-labor-dispute-escalating-0 <p></p><p>A labor dispute is heating up between workers at the Space Needle and the private owners of Seattle’s most famous landmark. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:10:08 +0000 Ashley Gross 7856 at http://www.kplu.org Space Needle workers say labor dispute is escalating Apple continues to be plagued by reports on labor conditions http://www.kplu.org/post/apple-continues-be-plagued-reports-labor-conditions Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for working conditions at plants making its products in China.<p>There've been stories in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?pagewanted=all">The New York Times</a></em>, an hour was devoted to the subject on <em><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory">This American Life</a></em> and there are countless blog posts and tweets, like <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/nytimes/status/162577458237931520">this one< Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:33:20 +0000 3941 at http://www.kplu.org Apple continues to be plagued by reports on labor conditions Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down http://www.kplu.org/post/update-judge-orders-longshoremen-stand-down <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. &mdash; A federal judge is ordering union protesters to halt illegal activity as they battle for the right to work at a new grain terminal in Washington state. The judge issued a preliminary injunction to restrict union activity, saying today there is no defense for recent aggressive tactics.</p><p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:05:58 +0000 The Associated Press 2576 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down Union protesters hold off police in Longview dispute http://www.kplu.org/post/union-protesters-hold-police-longview-dispute <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. &mdash; Hundreds of union protesters blocking a grain shipment in southwest Washington state rushed police officers who tried to make arrests and forced them to retreat.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 00:05:05 +0000 The Associated Press 2572 at http://www.kplu.org Union protesters hold off police in Longview dispute