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7:41 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Seatac Businesses, Unions Stage Showdown over Minimum Wage

Powerful business interests and unions are staging a showdown in the small town of SeaTac. Tuesday night, the SeaTac City Council is supposed to vote on whether to put a living wage initiative on the November ballot.  

Airport workers affiliated with unions like the Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters collected signatures to put the measure on the ballot. It would set a minimum wage of $15 an hour for hospitality and transportation workers including people like baggage handlers at the airport.

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microsoft earnings
4:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

With Weak Windows 8 Adoption, Microsoft Sales Fall Short

Sales of Microsoft's Surface tablet have been disappointing
Jason Howie

Microsoft sales and profit rose less than analysts expected in the most recent quarter as the company continues to struggle with slow adoption of its latest operating system.

Microsoft launched Windows 8 last year, but it was a radical makeover and sales have been disappointing. The company also rolled out its own tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad but that hasn’t sold well and Microsoft wrote off almost a billion dollars in the recent quarter related to tablet inventory. 

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Business
8:11 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Growing Number of Workers Can Only Find Part-Time Work

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Mike Groll Associated Press

Washington state’s economy is recovering, but a growing percentage of workers can only find part-time jobs, and that is shutting many of them out of employer-based health insurance.

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Business
4:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative

Frank Kovalchek

Alaska Air Group is trying to quash a ballot initiative in the city of SeaTac that would hike wages for airport ground crew and other workers. 

The initiative would set a $15 per-hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac—people at the airport like baggage handlers and folks who push wheelchairs, as well as hotel workers and employees at rental car companies.

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price at the pump
9:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

AAA: Average Gas Price in Wash. Up 9 Cents, Above National Avg.

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.88.

That's up 9 cents in a week, and it's 27 cents higher than the national average.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Analyst: Japan a Strong Contender for Boeing 777x Wing

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

State and local leaders have promised Boeing expedited permitting to build its next 777 wide-body jet, as well as the plane’s carbon-fiber wing, in Washington. Still, the Puget Sound region faces competition for wing assembly not only from elsewhere in the U.S., but also from Japan.

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contract negotiations
5:36 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

In an industry known for intense labor disputes and protracted negotiations, there seems to be a departure. Alaska Airlines and its pilots agreed on a new contract on their own—with no mediation, no arbitrators.  

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foreclosures
8:03 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Counter to national trend, foreclosures in Washington climb

Foreclosure 'heat map' of Seattle in June 2013
RealtyTrac

The number of foreclosures in Washington state has jumped so far this year compared with last year, counter to the national trend. 

Bank repossessions climbed 78 percent in the first half of this year, according to the foreclosure-data firm RealtyTrac. New foreclosure filings have risen as well even though, nationally, they’re dropping.

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Business
8:45 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Researchers say Seattle should better publicize sick-leave law

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University of Washington researchers say Seattle needs to do more to let businesses know about its paid-sick leave ordinance. They found almost half of business owners didn’t know about it as the law was taking effect last year. 

Seattle began requiring businesses with more than four employees to offer paid sick leave last Sept. 1. The city auditor hired UW researchers to conduct a survey right around that time. They found that four out of 10 employers knew nothing about it.

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Business
8:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Did Washington lawmakers hurt efforts to win the Boeing 777x?

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing has sent a technical team to assist in the investigation of the Asiana Airlines 777 crash in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, the company is on the brink of making major business decisions about where the newest 777 will be built. Some aerospace observers, speaking off the record, say Washington state's recent legislative session may have damaged our chances of landing the assembly here. They say lawmakers failed to show Boeing the state is serious about competing with lower-wage states like South Carolina. 

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Business
3:19 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver ports aim to reduce air pollution

Bari Bookout

The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., are working together to dramatically reduce emissions. And they’re trying to do that without scaring away any cargo companies. 

Most of the diesel air pollution at the ports comes from ocean-going ships, but also from tug boats, cranes, trucks and trains. 

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Business
4:13 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Boeing deliveries top Airbus so far this year in spite of 787 problems

787 Dreamliner production in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing has topped Airbus in airplane deliveries so far this year in spite of the Dreamliner grounding that forced Boeing to stop delivering 787s for several months. 

The 787 grounding lasted three months, but it seems to have had little effect. Boeing kept producing new Dreamliners in Everett and in South Carolina during that time, then started handing them over to customers as soon as regulators gave the OK, with the newly-modified battery, of course.

Aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia says it was a bold and risky move to keep the Dreamliner assembly lines humming.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Professors ask Boeing staff: Do you `live, eat, and breathe your job?'

787 production in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

A team of professors with the University of Puget Sound wants to know how happy—or unhappy—Boeing workers are. The professors are surveying the company's employees about their attitudes toward work with the goal of turning the research into a book. 

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Business
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

`Grey's Anatomy' actor Dempsey to complete Tully's purchase

Ronald Tan

If all goes according to plan, Tully’s will have a new celebrity owner come Monday. That’s when actor Patrick Dempsey’s investment group is set to complete its purchase of the struggling coffee chain out of bankruptcy. 

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urban housing
4:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Seattle City Council to weigh code changes to micro-housing

Buildings full of so-called micro-dwellings have been going up in parts of Seattle, but not without controversy. Now the Seattle City Council is getting ready to consider changes to the code to provide more oversight. 

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