Unions http://kplu.org en UW Professor Traces Growing Income Gap To The Collapse Of Organized Labor http://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://kplu.org UW Professor Traces Growing Income Gap To The Collapse Of Organized Labor Professors ask Boeing staff: Do you `live, eat, and breathe your job?' http://kplu.org/post/professors-ask-boeing-staff-do-you-live-eat-and-breathe-your-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9197 at http://kplu.org Professors ask Boeing staff: Do you `live, eat, and breathe your job?' Report says Theo Chocolate tried to quash union effort http://kplu.org/post/report-says-theo-chocolate-tried-quash-union-effort <p></p><p>Seattle-based Theo Chocolate is known for its focus on sustainability and fair trade. But a new report says the company doesn’t deserve its "Fair for Life" certification because it tried to prevent workers from unionizing a couple of years ago. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:19:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7801 at http://kplu.org Report says Theo Chocolate tried to quash union effort Kitzhaber talks up unions, then tours non-union factory http://kplu.org/post/kitzhaber-talks-unions-then-tours-non-union-factory <p>EUGENE, Ore. &ndash; Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber assured a gathering of blue-collar union workers Wednesday that he is still on their side, despite anti-union sentiment in states like Ohio and Wisconsin.</p><p>The Democrat spoke at the annual convention of the AFL-CIO in Eugene. He told the crowd unions helped him get elected to an unprecedented third term. The labor coalition endorsed Kitzhaber in last year&rsquo;s elections.</p><p>The governor pledged to work with unions to create so-called &ldquo;family-wage jobs.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:47:48 +0000 Chris Lehman 2756 at http://kplu.org Oregon university workers relieved to avoid strike http://kplu.org/post/oregon-university-workers-relieved-avoid-strike <p>MONMOUTH, Ore. - Public university employees in Oregon say they&#39;re glad they won&#39;t be going on strike. But that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re all happy with the tentative contract deal. Negotiators reached that settlement early Thursday morning after an all-night bargaining session.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:49:09 +0000 Chris Lehman 2647 at http://kplu.org Hanford union raises concerns with waste treatment plant http://kplu.org/post/hanford-union-raises-concerns-waste-treatment-plant <p>Hanford contractors are welding the lids onto massive waste mixing tanks later this week. That&rsquo;s despite serious concerns being raised by engineers at the plant in southeast Washington. A labor union that represents those workers has asked for a work stoppage and filed a formal grievance.</p><p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:15:19 +0000 Anna King 2327 at http://kplu.org Hanford union raises concerns with waste treatment plant Reporters stop tweeting http://kplu.org/post/reporters-stop-tweeting <p>The Associated Press reporters and photographers around the country weren&#39;t tweeting or uploading their stories to Facebook today.&nbsp; They also refrained from using their personal cell phones or cars for business. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:50:23 +0000 Paula Wissel 1190 at http://kplu.org Reporters stop tweeting Thousands of union members rally in Olympia http://kplu.org/post/thousands-union-members-rally-olympia <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962447.mp3</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">A week of protests over state budget cuts culminated with a large union-led rally Friday at the Capitol in Olympia.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">The State Patrol estimated the crowd at 7,000 people.&nbsp;There were signs and chants, and a&nbsp;sea of unionized workers on the steps to the Capitol and Supreme Court.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 17:46:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 1170 at http://kplu.org Thousands of union members rally in Olympia Republicans want governor to renegotiate labor contracts http://kplu.org/post/republicans-want-governor-renegotiate-labor-contracts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956883.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s not quite Wisconsin, but Republicans &ndash; and a lone Democrat - in Washington are taking a jab at state employee unions. They&#39;ve introduced legislation to not fund union contracts negotiated by the governor.</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:05:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 967 at http://kplu.org Republicans want governor to renegotiate labor contracts Boeing workers and unions celebrate winning bid for Air Force tanker contract http://kplu.org/post/boeing-workers-and-unions-celebrate-winning-bid-air-force-tanker-contract <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954706.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014330965_tanker26.html">a day of celebration and pride</a> at the Boeing plant in Everett, after the company won the $35 billion-dollar Air Force contract for a new aerial tanker fleet.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:58:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 883 at http://kplu.org Grocery workers voting on contract offer, approval likely http://kplu.org/post/grocery-workers-voting-contract-offer-approval-likely <p><a href="http://www.ufcw21.org/connect/grocery-workers">Unionized grocery store workers</a> are voting this week on a tentative agreement with their employers at the region's four big chains.&nbsp; Ratification of a new three-year contract looks likely.</p><p>About twenty five thousand grocery workers in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and North Mason counties are covered in the contract.&nbsp; Most work for QFC, Fred Meyer, Albertsons and Safeway stores. Thu, 02 Dec 2010 23:23:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 273 at http://kplu.org Grocery workers voting on contract offer, approval likely The conference that didn’t happen: Mexico Now canceled Seattle event http://kplu.org/post/conference-didn%E2%80%99t-happen-mexico-now-canceled-seattle-event <p>Organized labor flexed its muscles recently in our region, showing their influence behind the scenes.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:10:08 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 258 at http://kplu.org The conference that didn’t happen: Mexico Now canceled Seattle event Tentative deal reached in grocery chain talks http://kplu.org/post/tentative-deal-reached-grocery-chain-talks <P>&nbsp;Grocery workers and their employers have reached a tentative agreement after lengthy contract talks over the weekend.&nbsp; This means shoppers no longer have to worry about a pre-Thanksgiving strike at the four big chains: QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:37:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 190 at http://kplu.org Tentative deal reached in grocery chain talks