Business & Labor http://www.kplu.org en Fast-food workers walk out during job, demand better pay http://www.kplu.org/post/fast-food-workers-walk-out-during-job-demand-better-pay <p></p><p>Workers at fast-food restaurants all over Seattle walked off the job Thursday and rallied outside, taking part in a national movement calling for better wages and the right to organize.</p><p>The workers walked out of Taco Bell in Ballard, Burger King in Lake City, Taco Del Mar in the U-District, and Arby’s in Georgetown. During the lunch hour on Broadway, dozens of workers and their supporters waved signs outside an empty Qdoba franchise, demanding a living wage of $15 per hour.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 00:19:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8955 at http://www.kplu.org Fast-food workers walk out during job, demand better pay Boeing engineers' strike in 2000 casts shadow over current talks http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-strike-2000-casts-shadow-over-current-talks <p></p><p>Boeing engineers and the company are supposed to meet with a federal mediator today – but union leaders say the two sides are still far apart. Looming over the negotiations is a memory that's 13 years old, but still fresh for many.</p><p>In early 2000, Boeing engineers and technicians did what nobody expected them to do – walk off the job and stay off.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7520 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing engineers' strike in 2000 casts shadow over current talks Concerts canceled as Spokane symphony strikes http://www.kplu.org/post/concerts-canceled-spokane-symphony-strikes SPOKANE, Wash. - Classical musicians in Spokane stood outside their theater this weekend, lifting picket signs instead of instruments.<p>Musicians with the Spokane Symphony are entering week two of a strike over pay cuts. Five concerts have been canceled so far.<p>Spokane joins a growing list of cities this fall where symphonies have become embroiled in labor disputes -– including Seattle, Chicago, and Philadelphia.<p>Adam Wallstein is the principal timpanist with the Spokane Symphony.<p>“It's certainly a regrettable situation. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:05:30 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7085 at http://www.kplu.org Concerts canceled as Spokane symphony strikes Taxis threaten to stop Sea-Tac Airport service over town cars http://www.kplu.org/post/taxis-threaten-stop-sea-tac-airport-service-over-town-cars <p>Claiming town cars are breaking the rules, Seattle taxi drivers are threatening to stop taking passengers to Sea-Tac Airport.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:02:37 +0000 Ashley Gross & KPLU News Staff 5596 at http://www.kplu.org Taxis threaten to stop Sea-Tac Airport service over town cars Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-shop-keeps-wait-anxiously-cherry-workers PASCO, Wash. – With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy -– it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:18:47 +0000 Anna King 5324 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers Update: Seattle council says paid sick leave is right direction http://www.kplu.org/post/update-seattle-council-says-paid-sick-leave-right-direction <p>The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 this afternoon to approve the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, making the vote official after council members announced last week that they finally had the votes to pass it.</p><p>The lone dissenter in the vote was Council President Richard Conlin.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:40:30 +0000 Vanessa Romo 2599 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Seattle council says paid sick leave is right direction Seattle to battle over sick leave http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-battle-over-sick-leave <p>In what is likely to be a contentious summer debate, the Seattle City Council will receive a proposal this week to mandate all Seattle workers be allowed between five and nine paid sick days a year.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 01:35:44 +0000 Vanessa Romo 1925 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle to battle over sick leave Starbucks need not "out" job applicants with pot busts http://www.kplu.org/post/starbucks-need-not-out-job-applicants-pot-busts <p>Starbucks Corporation isn&#39;t required to disclose the names of potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing it of illegally requiring job applicants to reveal past marijuana convictions.</p><p>That&#39;s what a California appeals court ruled this week. The Seattle-based coffee giant was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of violating a mid-1970s California law that bars employers from asking job seekers about minor marijuana convictions that are more than two years old. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:42:00 +0000 Gary Crawford 1287 at http://www.kplu.org Starbucks need not "out" job applicants with pot busts China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters http://www.kplu.org/post/chinas-aerospace-sector-booming-washington-companies-testing-waters <p>China's aerospace sector is taking off.&nbsp; Washington state has hundreds of suppliers - and many want in to that growing market.&nbsp; The state's <a href="http://www.choosewashington.com">Department of Commerce</a> is more than a year in to a new push to promote them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:43:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 315 at http://www.kplu.org China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters Monday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines-0 <P>Snowy weather comes to western Washington, grocery workers reach a tentative contract agreement, and Seattle Schools&nbsp;sudden improvement in graduate's college readiness. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 14:13:35 +0000 Gary Davis 191 at http://www.kplu.org Monday morning's headlines