income inequality http://www.kplu.org en 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 $15 Minimum Wage Forum Draws Heated Arguments On Both Sides http://www.kplu.org/post/15-minimum-wage-forum-draws-heated-arguments-both-sides <p>Business owners, union members, restaurant employees and activists each got two minutes Wednesday night to say their piece about a higher minimum wage in Seattle. The city council and a committee appointed by Mayor Ed Murray held the forum as they weigh possibly hiking the wage floor to $15 an hour.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 14497 at http://www.kplu.org $15 Minimum Wage Forum Draws Heated Arguments On Both Sides UW Professor Traces Growing Income Gap To The Collapse Of Organized Labor http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-professor-traces-growing-income-gap-collapse-organized-labor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Income inequality in the U.S. is at its highest point in 85 years, and politicians are debating ways to raise the living standard for low-wage workers. Globalization, technology and deregulation are often cited as factors behind the widening income gap. But Jake </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rosenfeld</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the University of Washington says there’s one cause that’s often overlooked: the decline of organized labor.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 14224 at http://www.kplu.org UW Professor Traces Growing Income Gap To The Collapse Of Organized Labor Alaska Air CEO: SeaTac Ordinance The Wrong Way To Tackle Income Inequality http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-ceo-seatac-ordinance-wrong-way-tackle-income-inequality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, which has fought a local living-wage ordinance, concedes that low-wage workers may need a raise, but the company's CEO doesn't think SeaTac's initiative is the answer.</span></p><p>About 4,700 workers at Sea-Tac International Airport were hoping to get a bump to $15 an hour at the beginning of this year. But a judge has blocked that voter-passed ordinance from taking effect at the airport.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:12:32 +0000 Ashley Gross 13251 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air CEO: SeaTac Ordinance The Wrong Way To Tackle Income Inequality Take from the rich, give to the poor (and middle class)? Robert Reich says so http://www.kplu.org/post/take-rich-give-poor-and-middle-class-robert-reich-says-so <p>The middle class is struggling. The rich are growing richer.</p><p>Is there anything we can do to stem rising income inequality? Would changes to our tax system help?</p><p>In the final days before the election, KPLU asked two experts – one liberal, one conservative – to weigh in on what to do about income inequality and how to fix our tax system.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:42:15 +0000 Ashley Gross 6918 at http://www.kplu.org Take from the rich, give to the poor (and middle class)? Robert Reich says so