Business http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Business Owners Turn To An Unlikely Source Of Consultants: UW Undergrads http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-business-owners-turn-unlikely-source-consultants-uw-undergrads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business owners in Seattle and around the state are lining up to tap the expertise of an unusual group of consultants:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">undergraduates</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the University of Washington. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That may sound surprising, since the students mostly just have a few internships on their resumes.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But their consulting class pushes them to dive deep into their clients’ business problems and deliver tangible, practical advice.</span></p><p>For one local chef, it’s a partnership that has yielded results.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16140 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Business Owners Turn To An Unlikely Source Of Consultants: UW Undergrads 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 'This Is The Kind Of Hay Year That Makes A Hay Farmer Smile' http://www.kplu.org/post/kind-hay-year-makes-hay-farmer-smile <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer. Rain can leach nutrients out of drying hay and rot away any profits.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">But this year, hay markets are primed if growers can duck the storm clouds.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Drought in California and parts of the Midwest means hay buyers are focusing in on Northwest crops.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:13:48 +0000 Anna King 16026 at http://www.kplu.org 'This Is The Kind Of Hay Year That Makes A Hay Farmer Smile' Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce http://www.kplu.org/post/extended-season-some-northwest-ski-areas-profits-scarce <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144693657&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" 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;">Thanks to late-season snow that fell in many areas, some Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter.</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;">There will be end-of-season parties at at least nine Northwest ski resorts this weekend.&nbsp;Timing means everything for the bottom line of these resort companies. But a strong finish doesn't necessarily make up for a late start like we saw this season.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:18:54 +0000 Tom Banse 16008 at http://www.kplu.org Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims http://www.kplu.org/post/hearing-set-t-mobile-workers-unfair-labor-practice-claims <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144093426&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union that has been trying to organize T-Mobile workers says a recent action by the federal government will boost its efforts.</p><p>The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the various <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/217335458/T-Mobile-NLRB-4-2-14-complaints-1" target="_blank">labor complaints against the telecom giant to be consolidated into one case.</a> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 15865 at http://www.kplu.org Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims 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' Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming http://www.kplu.org/post/central-wash-home-nations-biggest-bitcoin-mine-more-coming <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143559683&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin mine in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington.</p><p>It's not a mine in the traditional sense. In these mines, you won't have helmets, lamps or pickaxes, and there's no danger of cave in. In this case, the mine consists of two warehouses that have been converted into a data center.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:27:30 +0000 Tom Banse 15751 at http://www.kplu.org Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest http://www.kplu.org/post/low-prices-prompt-northwest-asparagus-growers-try-delay-harvest <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143427537&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 15734 at http://www.kplu.org Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest 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 Symposium On Income Inequality Pushing Seattle Toward $15 Minimum Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/symposium-income-inequality-pushing-seattle-toward-15-minimum-wage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141820902&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle is getting serious about the possibility of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A symposium on income inequality called by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray honed in on the option as a key policy question. &nbsp;</p><p>Several hundred people gathered at Seattle University for Thursday's symposium, which is part of the work of the mayor’s Advisory Committee on Income Inequality.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:39:59 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15408 at http://www.kplu.org Symposium On Income Inequality Pushing Seattle Toward $15 Minimum Wage