Ashley Gross http://kplu.org en Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination http://kplu.org/post/engineers-union-files-charges-against-boeing-alleges-age-discrimination <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160256124&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.</p><p>The move comes in the wake of a series of announcements by Boeing that said the company is shifting thousands of engineering jobs to other states.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 17863 at http://kplu.org Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-employee-raises-workplace-safety-concerns-city-council <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159997373&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On a morning when a fire at a Seattle City Light substation knocked out power to customers including the Monorail, the utility’s CEO happened to be in city council chambers answering questions about safety.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle City&nbsp;Council members brought&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jorge </span>Carrasco<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into an energy committee meeting to discuss a </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise" style="line-height: 1.5;">string of recent embarrassing news stories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including Seattle City Light’s effort to suppress unflattering online search results.</span></p><p>But public testimony at the meeting steered toward the issue of employee safety.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 17852 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council Seattle City Light CEO Apologizes For Mistakes, Admits He Did Ask For A Raise http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157209348&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of Seattle City Light wanted positive news stories and even hired a reputation-management firm to help achieve that. Instead, he’s been facing a flurry of negative news stories and on Thursday, CEO Jorge held a news conference to apologize for mistakes he’s made.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:04:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 17581 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light CEO Apologizes For Mistakes, Admits He Did Ask For A Raise How Changes To Role Of Export-Import Bank Could Affect Wash. State Businesses http://kplu.org/post/how-changes-role-export-import-bank-could-affect-wash-state-businesses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155885022&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state businesses are following with growing anxiety a debate in the other Washington over the future of the Export-Import Bank. Today, members of a Congressional committee are holding a hearing on whether the obscure federal agency amounts to corporate welfare.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17373 at http://kplu.org How Changes To Role Of Export-Import Bank Could Affect Wash. State Businesses Port Of Seattle Proposes Lifting Airport Workers’ Minimum Wage To $13 By 2017 http://kplu.org/post/port-seattle-proposes-lifting-airport-workers-minimum-wage-13-2017 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Port of Seattle Commission has introduced a plan to set a higher minimum wage for workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Airport. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resolution would lift the minimum wage to $11.22 per hour this coming January, then increase the wage to $13 by 2017. The port would also require employers to provide paid days off to their workers.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:52:04 +0000 Ashley Gross 17370 at http://kplu.org Port Of Seattle Proposes Lifting Airport Workers’ Minimum Wage To $13 By 2017 Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit http://kplu.org/post/wash-high-court-hear-appeal-seatac-minimum-wage-lawsuit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155301590&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been almost six months since some transportation and hospitality workers in the city of SeaTac got a raise to $15 an hour, but ground crew workers at the airport haven’t received that raise because of a county judge’s ruling.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17306 at http://kplu.org Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change http://kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-battle-sakuma-bros-farms-court-over-housing-policy-change <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155102601&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Even as the summer berry season gets underway, some of the workers who pick those berries have been battling with a Skagit County farm in court. They’ve challenged&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms over its new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:44:24 +0000 Ashley Gross 17258 at http://kplu.org Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change How A Former Top Boeing Manager Set Aside Fears And Smashed The Glass Ceiling http://kplu.org/post/how-former-top-boeing-manager-set-aside-fears-and-smashed-glass-ceiling <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154815369&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>Jaime Katzer showed up at the studio in her best business attire, excited but a little nervous. The University of Washington senior was here to meet a woman who from the outside appears fearless.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17205 at http://kplu.org How A Former Top Boeing Manager Set Aside Fears And Smashed The Glass Ceiling African Hair Braider Sues Wash. Department Of Licensing, Seeks Clarity On Regulations http://kplu.org/post/african-hair-braider-sues-wash-department-licensing-seeks-clarity-regulations <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154832482&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The owner of an African hair-braiding salon has filed a suit against the state Department of Licensing in the latest move by a cottage industry that has fought to limit what they call unnecessary regulations.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:03:14 +0000 Ashley Gross 17213 at http://kplu.org African Hair Braider Sues Wash. Department Of Licensing, Seeks Clarity On Regulations Blind Mountain Climber From Seattle Area Sets Out To Summit Denali http://kplu.org/post/blind-mountain-climber-seattle-area-sets-out-summit-denali <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The big day has arrived for Bruce </span>Stobie, the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">blind mountain climber <a href="http://www.quirksee.org/2014/05/09/blind-seattle-marathoner-to-attempt-summiting-north-americas-tallest-peak/">featured in a KPLU story last month</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stobie flew to the base camp of Denali Thursday morning to begin his expedition. The Maple Valley man i</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s aiming to become the fourth blind person to climb North America’s tallest mountain.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:49:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 17127 at http://kplu.org Blind Mountain Climber From Seattle Area Sets Out To Summit Denali Sakuma Brothers Farms To Pay $500,000 To Berry Pickers http://kplu.org/post/sakuma-brothers-farms-pay-500000-berry-pickers <p>Sakuma Brothers Farms, one of Washington state’s largest berry farms, has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a lawsuit filed its workers.</p><p>The berry pickers sued last year, alleging they were denied rest breaks and weren’t paid for all the hours they worked. The lawyers representing the pickers said this is the state's largest settlement involving&nbsp;farmworker wages and hours on record.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:50:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 17095 at http://kplu.org Sakuma Brothers Farms To Pay $500,000 To Berry Pickers Franchise Owners' Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage http://kplu.org/post/franchise-owners-lawsuit-challenges-seattles-15-minimum-wage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153946254&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Franchise owners have followed through on their threat to sue the city of Seattle over the <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-unanimously-approves-15-minimum-wage-highest-nation">new $15 minimum wage ordinance</a>. They say they’re small business owners who are being unfairly treated as large corporations under the new law.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:42:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 17086 at http://kplu.org Franchise Owners' Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Following Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase, Home Care Workers Push For $15 An Hour http://kplu.org/post/following-seattles-minimum-wage-increase-home-care-workers-push-15-hour <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153780955&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union that represents home care workers across Washington state is calling for a new contract that phases in a $15-an-hour minimum wage. They’re hoping Seattle’s recent vote to gradually hike the wage floor will help bolster their argument.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:47:30 +0000 Ashley Gross 17063 at http://kplu.org Following Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase, Home Care Workers Push For $15 An Hour HUD: Seattle APodment Developer Must Make Units Accessible For Disabled People http://kplu.org/post/hud-seattle-apodment-developer-must-make-units-accessible-disabled-people <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153621810&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A Seattle apartment development company that has been building so-called aPodments will have to retrofit one of its complexes to make the building accessible for people with disabilities following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p>APodments are micro-housing developments that have been springing up around Seattle in the past couple of years. They consist of a number of small apartments with shared kitchens and common areas.&nbsp;</p><p>Centro LLC is the owner and developer of the building in question, a 56-unit Capitol Hill property managed by Calhoun Property Management.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:20:50 +0000 Ashley Gross 17052 at http://kplu.org What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? http://kplu.org/post/what-farm-guest-worker-program-and-why-it-controversial-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153152224&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>People in Seattle are familiar with the H-1B visa program that brings high-tech employees from abroad, but another, more obscure foreign worker program has churned up a lot of controversy in the state recently.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17022 at http://kplu.org What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State?