SEIU http://www.kplu.org en Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-high-court-hear-appeal-seatac-minimum-wage-lawsuit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155301590&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>It’s been almost six months since some transportation and hospitality workers in the city of SeaTac got a raise to $15 an hour, but ground crew workers at the airport haven’t received that raise because of a county judge’s ruling.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17306 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members http://www.kplu.org/post/union-vote-begins-some-plu-faculty-members <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU, where on-air staff are affiliated with SAG-AFTRA.</em></p><p>Faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University begin voting Thursday on whether to unionize. It’s the result of a monthslong fight that has pitted PLU’s lecturers, adjunct professors and other non-tenure track instructors against the administration.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10064 at http://www.kplu.org Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members Seatac Businesses, Unions Stage Showdown over Minimum Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/seatac-businesses-unions-stage-showdown-over-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Powerful business interests and unions are staging a showdown in the small town of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tuesday night, the </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;City Council is supposed to vote on whether to put a living wage initiative on the November ballot. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:41:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 9396 at http://www.kplu.org Labor board sides with PLU faculty in unionization push http://www.kplu.org/post/labor-board-sides-plu-faculty-unionization-push <p></p><p><em>Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU. The station’s on-air staffers form the university’s only unionized unit.</em></p><p>In a <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/147008134/Regional-NLRB-decision-on-PLU-contingent-faculty">decision with national implications</a>, labor relations officials have ruled that certain faculty at Pacific Lutheran University should be allowed to form a union. This case is a test of some new provisions in labor law, and is being followed by other universities around the country.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:30:35 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9038 at http://www.kplu.org Labor board sides with PLU faculty in unionization push Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications http://www.kplu.org/post/unionization-push-plu-faculty-could-have-national-implications <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU. KPLU’s programming staffers are the university’s only unionized employees.</em></p><p>Pacific Lutheran University is trying to fend off attempts by members of its faculty to unionize, and the outcome could have national implications.</p><p>The push is coming from “contingent faculty,” the non-tenure track professors, lecturers and instructors who teach about a third of PLU’s course credits. Those people get paid significantly less than regular faculty, and their employment status is much shakier.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:23:33 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8631 at http://www.kplu.org Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications Sea-Tac baggage handlers and cabin cleaners sign union cards http://www.kplu.org/post/sea-tac-baggage-handlers-and-cabin-cleaners-sign-union-cards <p><em>(Editor's note May 23, 2013: Corrects to clarify that workers have signed cards to join unions but haven't been recognized as unions by their employers. Until they're recognized, they don't have legal status as collective bargaining units.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a year of agitating over working conditions, more than 1,000 workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Airport say they have now signed cards to join unions.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:36:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8162 at http://www.kplu.org Sea-Tac baggage handlers and cabin cleaners sign union cards Long-term care initiative is back up for a vote http://www.kplu.org/post/long-term-care-initiative-back-vote <p>The Long-term Care Initiative would require the state to boost training for home healthcare workers and implement more rigorous background checks. That&rsquo;s pretty similar to what was passed but never enacted back in 2008.</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:54:19 +0000 Vanessa Romo 3022 at http://www.kplu.org Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/health-care-union-files-initiative-soften-budget-cuts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970754.mp3</p><p>The Washington state budget plan released Tuesday will cut funding for in-home health care workers. In reaction, one health care workers&#39; union has already filed an initiative aiming to mitigate the effects of some of those reductions. Thu, 26 May 2011 21:53:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1683 at http://www.kplu.org Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts Audit on K-12 health benefits runs afoul of unions http://www.kplu.org/post/audit-k-12-health-benefits-runs-afoul-unions <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955850.mp3</p><p>Majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature are working to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. But they&#39;re not likely to implement a change the State Auditor says could save $180 million over the two-year budget cycle, as the idea runs afoul of the powerful teacher&#39;s union.</p><p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:15:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 929 at http://www.kplu.org Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily http://www.kplu.org/post/governor-gregoire-cancels-union-contracts-seiu-responds-angrily <p>The union which represents home health workers in Washington is reacting angrily to a move by Governor Chris Gregoire on Friday to cancel several collective bargaining agreements and ordered state employees back to the negotiating table.</p><p> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:31:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 184 at http://www.kplu.org Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily