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Participation Nation
8:54 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Recycling baby things in Seattle

Stuff the Bus 2012.
Courtesy of WestSide Baby

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 8:35 am

WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization in Seattle that collects used car seats, cribs, toys and other items for children and distributes them for free to South King County families in need.

Donations are inspected, organized and then used to fill wish lists of food and clothing banks and service care providers, such as public health nurses and social workers.

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contract negotiations
2:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Boeing engineers file labor complaint; talks off to a rough start

A spokesman says Boeing is asking employees to shoulder a bigger portion of health care costs, as expenses rise, in order for the company to stay competitive.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

The union representing Boeing engineers and technicians has filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the company, charging that Boeing is trying to muzzle its union members as contract negotiations heat up.

The complaint filed yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle says Boeing has threatened union members with discipline if they speak to each other about wages, hours and working conditions.

Boeing spokesman Tim Healy said the company hadn't yet seen the complaint, but he disputed the union's claim, saying no one from Boeing told employees not to discuss working conditions or wages with each other.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking

Pew

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 12:07 pm

The researchers at Pew Social & Demographic Trends aren't holding back in their new report on the middle class. It calls the last 11 years, "the lost decade" for the country's middle class.

The highlight from the report issued today is that the middle class is poorer, earning less and shrinking.

In its press release, Pew reports:

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Worker benefits
10:28 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Paid sick leave for workers in Seattle takes effect September 1

At a meeting in Ballard on August 20, 2012, office managers and others who deal with small business payrolls listen to the city of Seattle Office for Civil Rights explain the requirements of the new paid sick leave law which takes effect Sept. 1.
Paula Wissel KPLU

A new benefit may be in store for you if you work in Seattle.  After September 1, 2012, employers in the city will be required to provide you with paid sick leave. It covers whether you're  full time, part time or work just occasionally in the city. 

Here's a link that to the specifics of the new paid sick leave law from the city of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights. For the most part, starting next month workers will earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

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Business
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Amazon trying out lockers for delivering your purchases

If you place an order with Amazon in Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., or London, the lockers will show up as a shipping option.
Matt Jones Flickr

If you’ve bought something recently on Amazon.com, you may have noticed it’s testing a new way to deliver packages. The Internet retailer has quietly installed non-descript lockers where you can pick up an order, rather than having it sent to a personal address.

The pilot program is available in four cities including Seattle.

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Business
12:51 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

The kids love working in Seattle best, survey shows

This is where Millennials are moving to meet people their own age, max out their pay and avoid time-wasting commutes, according to PayScale.
Chris Tarnawski Flickr

Seattle is the best place to work in the nation for Generation Y (19 to 30 year olds), according to PayScale, a jobs and salary data analysis and employment website.

Geekwire, which tipped us off to the story, said Seattle outperformed what it identified as other tech hotbeds: Boston (#5), New York (#7) and San Francisco (tied for #9).

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Business
9:12 am
Tue August 21, 2012

New Export-Import Bank office in Seattle targets small businesses

Mastering the export business can be tough – especially for a small company. Now there’s a new push to help local entrepreneurs sell more stuff overseas.

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Stimulus projects
12:59 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

2 Wash. transportation projects expedited by Obama

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two transportation projects in Washington state are among four projects that President Barack Obama says will be expedited under his "We Can't Wait" initiative.

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Your Money
12:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Worth the deal? Groceries get a personalized price

A customer using Safeway's personalized deals gets this loaf of bread for 99 cents instead of the original $4.29.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 3:56 pm

Loyalty cards have long given discounts to shoppers who sign up, but stores are increasingly offering personalized discounts tailored to each customer's shopping patterns.

Those tailored discounts mean someone standing in front of you at the supermarket checkout line might get a lower price on the exact same gallon of milk that you're buying.

A 'Secret Deal'

Heather Kulper is one of those people who really wants to get a good deal. She's a mom in a suburb north of Seattle who writes a blog about coupon clipping and saving money.

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Business
8:47 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail

Bicyclists hope that a new bike trail like the Burke-Gilman Trail (pictured) will be created along the old rail line from Renton to Woodinville
kingcountyparks

The dream of a bike trail stretching from Renton to Woodinville has moved one step closer to a reality. The Port of Seattle commission today voted to approve a $15 million sale of former rail land to King County.

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liquor privatisation
3:38 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year

In June, net liquor tax collections to Washington state came in slightly below forecast.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.

The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Puget Sound economy bouncing back faster than the U.S.

There have been a few glimmers of hope lately for the U.S. economy, such as a better-than-expected jobs report. But local economist Dick Conway  says there’s even more reason for optimism for the Puget Sound region. 

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Business
10:23 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Feds order T-Mobile to pay whistleblower $345,000

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered cellphone company T-Mobile USA to pay a fired whistleblower more than $345,000.

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All Tech Considered
12:14 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Starbucks adopting 'Square' payments; Will other merchants follow?

Square allows merchants to accept payments automatically from recognized registered customers.
Square screen grab

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:36 am

You could soon pay for a latte at Starbucks simply by walking into the store with a smartphone in your pocket and giving the cashier your name.

Square, a San Francisco-based payments startup unveiled a deal Wednesday with the world's largest coffee chain that will move its mobile payments products into Starbucks stores around the U.S. starting this fall.

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Business
8:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

New mini-city to rise on site of Yesler Terrace housing project?

Rowhouses like these at the Yesler Terrace public housing project are slated to be torn down and replaced with a much bigger mixed-income development
Ashley Gross KPLU

Big changes are likely in store for Seattle’s oldest public housing project. A total overhaul of Yesler Terrace, just up the hill from downtown, will create a mini-city of high-rise apartments and an office tower. The Seattle city council on Wednesday is holding its last public hearing on the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. 

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