Business

Minimum Wage
10:44 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage

Ashley Gross KPLU

Dozens of fast-food workers and activists took to the streets Thursday for a day-long march in support of $15 minimum wage.

The march began in SeaTac, where voters approved a $15 minimum wage this year, and headed for Seattle City Hall as a symbolic push for Seattle to follow SeaTac’s suit and adopt the higher wage.

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boeing decision
5:01 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X in Washington

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington. And he’s angrily denying reports that his members would accept the Boeing contract recently rejected by Northwest machinists.

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boeing decision
9:43 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Kansas Joins Bidding for Boeing Contract

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Kansas is assembling an economic incentive package geared at landing a new Boeing contract to build the aviation giant's 777X commercial aircraft.

Administration officials say Wednesday they can't divulge details of the Kansas package, citing a nondisclosure agreement signed with Boeing when talks began in recent weeks.

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boeing decision
5:52 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Sound Familiar? Gov. Calls Boeing Special Session...in Missouri

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

A team at Washington’s Department of Commerce is working to complete a lengthy questionnaire for Boeing as part of a multi-state competition to land the 777X assembly line.

Meantime, state lawmakers in Missouri convened Monday in a special session aimed at improving that state’s chances.

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man vs. machine
5:01 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Robot Baristas? Here's Starbucks CEO Schultz's Take

Allison Moore

The coffee world has been abuzz lately with news of barista robots—machines that can custom-make a cappuccino or chai latte. Naturally, the question becomes whether the world’s largest coffee chain, Seattle-based Starbucks, would replace humans with automation. 

In a world where robots build cars, fulfill orders in Amazon warehouses and paint the wings on Boeing’s 777 jet, making a latte by machine isn’t that much of a leap.

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workers' rights
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Federal Way Worker Says He Was Illegally Fired by Walmart

Gerardo Paladan (center) protests outside Walmart headquarters in Arkansas
Abbie Blumberg Our Walmart

Protesters are descending on some 1,500 Walmart locations, including the store at Bellevue’s Factoria Mall, on this Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Joining them is a man who has been battling Walmart in Federal Way for several years over safety concerns. And now Gerardo Paladan says he was illegally terminated.

The Bellevue protest is just the latest stop for Paladan. Earlier this week, he made his seventh trip to Bentonville, Arkansas to protest at Walmart headquarters.  

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boeing decision
4:13 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Local Machinist Leader Says There's No New Offer from Boeing

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Contrary to rumors that have been circulating among Boeing machinists in Washington state, there's been no new contract offer from the company, according to Tom Wroblewski, president of Local 751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. 

Wroblewski, in a post published on the local's website, wrote he's had routine meetings with his counterparts at the company, but hasn't been involved in any talks that would lead to a new offer. He said he has also met with Gov. Jay Inslee and other elected officials. 

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Philanthropy
4:59 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Secret Millionaire Leaves Massive Gift to Seattle Charities

Jack MacDonald
Seattle Children's Hospital

Three Seattle-area organizations will split a massive charitable gift of $187.6 million, thanks to one generous donor. Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army call it the biggest gift given in the state this year, and the sixth largest nationwide.

The donor is Jack MacDonald, who died in September at age 98. He inherited a fortune built by his father’s MacDonald Meats company. 

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living wage initative
12:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

SeaTac Voters OK $15 Minimum Wage, Opponents Request Recount

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, skycap Biniyam Yehuala hefts a traveler's bag at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Voters in the city of SeaTac have approved a $15 minimum wage, but opponents have already requested a recount. 

Proposition 1 passed by a slim margin of 77 votes out of 6,003 votes cast. But even before the ballots were certified Tuesday, the group Common Sense SeaTac called for a recount in the hotly-contested initiative. The group is supported by Alaska Airlines, rental car companies and airport baggage-handling businesses.

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boeing decision
5:36 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Boeing Solicits Bids from States for Site of 777X Production

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing Co. is soliciting bids from more than a dozen locations that want to build the new 777X airplane.

Company spokesman Doug Alder said Saturday that requests for bids began going out Friday. Boeing wants the proposals returned in a few weeks, and the company hopes to make a final decision early next year.

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living wage initiative
9:20 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Federal Judge Sends SeaTac Min. Wage Case Back to State Court

File image
Associated Press

A federal judge has granted the request from Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and a small business owner at Sea-Tac International Airport to send their case back to a Washington state court. The businesses want SeaTac's Proposition 1, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for some workers, to be ruled illegal. 

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living wage initiative
5:29 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Legal Challenge Could Stymie SeaTac Minimum Wage Hike

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, wheelchair attendants Erick Conley, left, and Sesilia Vaitele assist a pair of passengers heading to an overseas flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Workers at Sea-Tac International Airport are still not sure whether they’ll get a wage bump to $15 per hour come January. With SeaTac’s Proposition 1 still passing by a narrow margin, Alaska Airlines and other business interests are challenging the measure in court.

Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and a small business owner at the airport have been trying since July to block the minimum wage initiative in court. They’ve tried to keep the measure off the ballot and failed.

Now the issue is which court should hear the case. The business interests would like a King County judge to rule the initiative unconstitutional. But sponsors of the initiative, who are backed by unions like the Service Employees International Union, said the case should be heard in federal court.

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boeing decision
9:48 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Ala. State Officials Wooing Boeing 777X Plant

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

State and local leaders are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.

Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.

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Microsoft
9:24 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates chokes up as he end his remarks at the company's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Redmond, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer's final shareholders meeting as chief executive.

The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Ballmer's replacement and he thanked him for serving as CEO for the last 13 years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding 38 years ago. Ballmer announced in August that he’ll step down within the year. 

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boeing decision
7:42 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Labor Groups Rally to Support Machinists' Crucial Boeing Vote

Supporters of Boeing machinists gathered at Westlake Park in Seattle on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Ever since Boeing machinists voted last week to reject the company’s contract extension offer, people in the Puget Sound region have been trying to imagine a future without the aerospace giant here. But against the backdrop of those fears, labor supporters rallied Monday to show they think the machinists did the right thing.

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