organized labor 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 Adjunct Faculty At Seattle U Seeks To Unionize http://kplu.org/post/adjunct-faculty-seattle-u-seeks-unionize <p>The local chapter of the Service Employees International Union has filed a petition on behalf of adjunct faculty members at Seattle University.</p><p>The adjunct faculty members, which include part-time, temporary and other contingent instructors, want better teaching conditions, including higher pay.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:19:53 +0000 Florangela Davila 13898 at http://kplu.org Adjunct Faculty At Seattle U Seeks To Unionize Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members http://kplu.org/post/union-vote-begins-some-plu-faculty-members <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU, where on-air staff are affiliated with SAG-AFTRA.</em></p><p>Faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University begin voting Thursday on whether to unionize. It’s the result of a monthslong fight that has pitted PLU’s lecturers, adjunct professors and other non-tenure track instructors against the administration.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10064 at http://kplu.org Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications http://kplu.org/post/unionization-push-plu-faculty-could-have-national-implications <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU. KPLU’s programming staffers are the university’s only unionized employees.</em></p><p>Pacific Lutheran University is trying to fend off attempts by members of its faculty to unionize, and the outcome could have national implications.</p><p>The push is coming from “contingent faculty,” the non-tenure track professors, lecturers and instructors who teach about a third of PLU’s course credits. Those people get paid significantly less than regular faculty, and their employment status is much shakier.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:23:33 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8631 at http://kplu.org Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications Picket training begins as SPEEA preps for a possible Boeing strike http://kplu.org/post/picket-training-begins-speea-preps-possible-boeing-strike <p></p><p>Contract talks between Boeing and its engineers union are suspended till after the new year. But the union, SPEEA, is not standing still - they're training picket captains for a possible strike.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:29:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7310 at http://kplu.org Picket training begins as SPEEA preps for a possible Boeing strike Boeing engineers inch closer to a strike after 'disappointing' second contract offer http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-inch-closer-strike-after-disappointing-second-contract-offer <p></p><p>The union representing Boeing engineers is moving closer to a strike authorization. That’s because union leadership is frustrated with the aerospace giant’s second contract offer.</p><p>Boeing is now offering higher annual wage increases than its first proposal, which 96 percent of engineers and technicians rejected. But the increases are still lower than the current contract. That’s one reason the union – known as SPEEA – is disappointed.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:43:05 +0000 Ashley Gross 7178 at http://kplu.org