Business http://www.kplu.org en NLRB Judge: Boeing Failed To Bargain In Good Faith With SPEEA http://www.kplu.org/post/nlrb-judge-boeing-failed-bargain-good-faith-speea <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161311381&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing failed to negotiate in good faith when it refused to provide evidence to substantiate its claim that workers in the Puget Sound area cost more than workers elsewhere, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Friday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwODAxLjM0Njc5NDYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDgwMS4zNDY3OTQ2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MTM4NDY3JmVtYWlsaWQ9YWdyb3NzQGtwbHUub3JnJnVzZXJpZD1hZ3Jvc3NAa3BsdS5vcmcmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://mynlrb.nlrb.gov/link/document.aspx/09031d458182f076" target="_blank">The ruling</a> was in response to an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or </span>SPEEA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:26:11 +0000 Martha Kang & Bellamy Pailthorp 17946 at http://www.kplu.org NLRB Judge: Boeing Failed To Bargain In Good Faith With SPEEA Reporter's Notebook: 'First Cut' Tells Stories Of Washington's Marijuana Farmers http://www.kplu.org/post/reporters-notebook-first-cut-tells-stories-washingtons-marijuana-farmers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161181646&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King & Austin Jenkins 17934 at http://www.kplu.org Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses http://www.kplu.org/post/ferry-cancellation-coincides-anacortes-arts-festival-worrying-businesses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161159285&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With four vessels out of service, users of Washington state’s ferry system are coping with disruptions all around Puget Sound. In Anacortes, the international ferry to Sidney, British Columbia <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/ferry-delays-almost-everywhere-state-repositions-fleet">is canceled through Friday</a>, and business leaders in Anacortes say they’re concerned that hotels could be hurt on the town’s busiest weekend of the year. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:05:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 17930 at http://www.kplu.org Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-worried-about-visa-backup-legal-migrant-workers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161129107&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A breakdown in a&nbsp;U.S. State Department&nbsp;computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.</p><p>Those farmers are concerned about getting enough pickers for late summer and fall crops.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:33:58 +0000 Tom Banse 17926 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly Of 787-10 In South Carolina, Not Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-will-handle-final-assembly-787-10-south-carolina-not-washington <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing says final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.</p><p></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 says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state. The 787-10 is still being designed and Boeing expects to start final assembly of the first planes in 2017.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:05 +0000 The Associated Press 17911 at http://www.kplu.org BNSF’s Proposal For One-Person Train Crews Concerns Rail Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/bnsf-s-proposal-one-person-train-crews-concerns-rail-workers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160874589&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Railroad workers are speaking out against a proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to have single-employee freight train crews. They say the idea is unsafe, especially in light of the increasing transportation of crude oil by rail.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:44:53 +0000 Ashley Gross 17894 at http://www.kplu.org BNSF’s Proposal For One-Person Train Crews Concerns Rail Workers Seattle-Based Redfin May Get A Higher IPO Price After Zillow-Trulia Deal, Banker Says http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-based-redfin-may-get-higher-ipo-price-after-zillow-trulia-deal-banker-says <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160820281&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:26:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 17879 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle-Based Redfin May Get A Higher IPO Price After Zillow-Trulia Deal, Banker Says Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-secretly-competed-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160315527&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&nbsp;may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17870 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160171392&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Seattle-based Alaska Air&nbsp;<a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=109361&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1950870&amp;highlight=" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">posted a record second quarter profit Thursday</a>, a day after Delta toasted&nbsp;<a href="http://ir.delta.com/stock-and-financial/earnings-releases/default.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">its own high earnings</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But Alaska executives are still showing concern about a flood of new seats on their home turf.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:43:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17868 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination http://www.kplu.org/post/engineers-union-files-charges-against-boeing-alleges-age-discrimination <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160256124&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.</p><p>The move comes in the wake of a series of announcements by Boeing that said the company is shifting thousands of engineering jobs to other states.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 17863 at http://www.kplu.org Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-employee-raises-workplace-safety-concerns-city-council <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159997373&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On a morning when a fire at a Seattle City Light substation knocked out power to customers including the Monorail, the utility’s CEO happened to be in city council chambers answering questions about safety.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle City&nbsp;Council members brought&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jorge </span>Carrasco<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into an energy committee meeting to discuss a </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise" style="line-height: 1.5;">string of recent embarrassing news stories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including Seattle City Light’s effort to suppress unflattering online search results.</span></p><p>But public testimony at the meeting steered toward the issue of employee safety.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 17852 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World http://www.kplu.org/post/analyst-microsoft-ceo-seizing-moment-restructuring-mobile-world <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159293956&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>More than 1,300 Microsoft employees in the Puget Sound region got their pink slips Thursday as part of announced cuts to the worldwide workforce that could total 18,000 by the end of the year — the biggest in the company’s history.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17796 at http://www.kplu.org Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-cut-18000-jobs-1351-puget-sound-area <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159118241&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Microsoft says it will cut up to 18,000 jobs in what observers are calling the company's largest layoff ever. The news came in <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17announcement1.aspx">an e-mail from CEO Satya Nadella.</a></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:22:02 +0000 Ed Ronco & The Associated Press 17768 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing http://www.kplu.org/post/bumpy-start-state-pot-stores-they-try-juggle-supply-demand-staffing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159059271&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Buying legal pot is turning into a game of Where’s Waldo. Stores are open one day, but closed the next. A small handful of shops are still doing business, but that could change at any time.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:08:03 +0000 Monica Spain 17767 at http://www.kplu.org Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Still Lag http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-jobless-rate-6-year-low-rural-counties-still-lag <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159029495&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to below 6 percent —&nbsp;the lowest level in six years, according to the June jobs report released Wednesday.</p><p>Seattle’s King County is leading the recovery, but most Washington counties remain above the statewide average. And some rural counties of the state are much higher.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:29:47 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17763 at http://www.kplu.org