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machinists vote
10:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Boeing: 'No Plans to Re-Engage' Machinists until Contract Expires

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing shot down hopes that a sweetened offer might clinch a deal with its 31,000 machinists in the Seattle area to build its next 777 wide-body jet in Washington state. 

"The contract expires in September 2016. There are no plans to re-engage with the union regarding contract negotiations until prior to contract expiration," Boeing said in a question-and-answer section on its website regarding the contract extension offer it unveiled last week. 

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Business
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Author Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream?

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John Amis Associated Press

From fast food worker strikes to the SeaTac minimum wage initiative, stagnant wages and rising income inequality have grabbed headlines this year. But getting to the heart of why the middle class is struggling while the top 1 percent continues to prosper is complicated.

Former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith sets out to provide answers in his book, "Who Stole the American Dream." He’s speaking Thursday evening at the University of Washington Tacoma.

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machinists vote
9:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Boeing Machinists Reject Offer, But Inslee Says 777X Not Lost Yet

Ashley Gross KPLU

With 67 percent of the votes, Boeing machinists rejected an eight-year contract proposal that would have ensured the assembly of Boeing's 777X and carbon-fiber wing in Washington state. 

Machinists booed union officials off the stage as they prepared to announce the decision made by the 31,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 751 Wednesday night. Local 751 District President Tom Wroblewski later released a statement with the decision.

"We preserved something sacred by rejecting the Boeing proposal. We've held onto our pensions, and that's big," the statement said.

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machinists vote
10:48 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Boeing Machinists Vote on Controversial Labor Offer

Ashley Gross KPLU

It's decision day for some 30,000 Boeing machinists who are voting on a controversial eight-year labor proposal.

Boeing told the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 751 its members need to accept the contract extension in order to ensure the next wide-body 777X jet is built in Washington state.

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Election 2013
6:40 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Passing by Just 43 Votes

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, wheelchair attendants Erick Conley, left, and Sesilia Vaitele assist a pair of passengers heading to an overseas flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The voter initiative to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour for airport and hotel workers in SeaTac is still undecided.

The initiative was passing by just 43 votes on Tuesday afternoon. And activists say they don’t expect a clear outcome before Thanksgiving due to hundreds of contested ballots in a relatively small electorate. 

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boeing package
3:40 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Boeing Machinists Protest Offer Outside Everett Facility

Ashley Gross

Dozens of machinists gathered outside Boeing’s Everett facility on Monday, chanting “Vote no! Vote no!” in protest of the company’s latest labor offer.

More than 100 workers, some carrying signs of protest and wearing T-shirts with the same message, rallied to voice their rejection of Boeing’s eight-year offer, which calls for the freezing of workers’ pensions starting in 2016.

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boeing package
12:54 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Inslee Signs Boeing Tax Breaks as Machinists Mull Labor Proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee, center, adjusts his glasses as he prepares to sign legislation to help keep production of Boeing's new 777X in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

It’s official: Boeing will get nearly $9 billion in tax incentives from the state of Washington in a deal aimed to guarantee Boeing will build its 777X and carbon-fiber wings in the state.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed his name to the tax breaks Monday morning after legislators approved the deal over the weekend. Inslee told reporters that the state has a lot to gain.

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Business
9:17 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Amazon, U.S. Postal Service Will Deliver on Sundays

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Amazon says it is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.

The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas at first. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

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workers' rights
5:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Disability Rights Groups Call for End to Sub-Minimum Wage

Disability rights activists Tanna Shoyo, Matt Young and Marci Carpenter. Shoyo and Carpenter are with the National Federation of the Blind and Young is with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.
Ashley Gross KPLU

You may be surprised to know that under federal law, employers may not have to pay minimum wage if the worker is disabled. Now, disability rights activists in Seattle are joining a national movement to change that law, which dates back to 1938.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Professor: Boeing Wants 'Amazing Concessions' from Machinists

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

The brinkmanship at play between Boeing and its 30,000 machinists over an eight-year contract proposal is a dramatic new chapter in the broader labor movement, says Leon Grunberg, a professor of sociology at the University of Puget Sound.

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boeing package
5:12 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Machinist: Boeing's Offer Negates Every Strike, Years of Progress

This image shows the Boeing 777x assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Anger has reached a fever pitch among Boeing’s 30,000 machinists in the Puget Sound region over the company’s latest labor proposal.

Boeing has said the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers must approve the eight-year contract by Wednesday in order to ensure that the next 777 jet is build in western Washington. Because the machinists still have nearly three years left on their current contract, they have no strike authority.

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Business
4:59 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Machinists Worry Renton Could Lose 737MAX Work under Boeing Offer

Stephen Brashear Associated Press

Boeing wants its machinists’ union to accept big concessions on retirement and health benefits in exchange for winning the assembly of the 777X wide-body jet in the Puget Sound region. But machinists are also worried the contract casts doubt on the future of the 737MAX in Renton. 

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boeing package
10:07 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Gas Tax or No Gas Tax in Special Session?

This image shows the Boeing 777x assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

As Washington lawmakers convene in an effort to win production of the next Boeing 777x, there’s already a dispute over whether one of the must-haves is a gas tax package for transportation improvements.

Gov. Jay Inslee insists the time is now, but some lawmakers say road funding can wait.

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Business
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Boeing Offers Deal to Keep 777X in Wash., Inslee Calls Special Session

This image shows the Boeing 777x assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross

 

Boeing Co. has proposed an eight-year labor agreement that would guarantee construction of the new 777X in the Puget Sound.

In response, Gov. Jay Inslee said he would call a special legislative session on Thursday in hopes of swiftly approving a package of bills to appease Boeing.

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grocery workers
12:18 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Local Grocery Workers Approve Tentative Deal with Employers

Rhonda Ivie, who works at a Safeway in Lynden, was on the union's bargaining team.
Ashley Gross

Some 21,000 local grocery workers have overwhelmingly approved a tentative deal with their employers.

“They tried to turn us into Walmart, and they did not succeed," said Dave Schmitz, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21.

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