Business

Microsoft
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the year through June as the software giant cited falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet.

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Amazon jobs
10:09 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers

Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.

The world's largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year's 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.

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Boeing Dreamliner
3:26 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

LOT 787 Dreamliner Diverted Due to Antenna Issue

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Czarek Sokolowski AP Photo

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland's LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna.

The antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT sent parts and personnel to Iceland to fix the problem, a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement. The airplane maker was ready to help if needed, he said.

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Business
10:21 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Local Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Bob B. Brown

With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.

The union members said they're upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added that a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.

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Coal Exporting
8:16 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Coal Giant's Financials Reveal Export Weakness

Cloud Peak Energy mining coal in the Powder River Basin
Cloud Peak Energy

 

This year, falling coal prices have raised questions about whether the controversial coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest would pencil out. Now, an analysis of one major coal company's finances shows it could be more profitable to bet against coal than to actually export it.

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Business
7:46 am
Wed September 25, 2013

King County Executive Holds the Line on Services After Years of Cuts

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed a budget that holds the line on county services after years of cuts in the wake of the recession.

Constantine said the county has reduced costs by measures ranging from updating equipment to urging employees to use generic medicines. He said his agencies are also trying to limit red tape and speed up things like license renewals.

"We have saved a cumulative $111 million in the General Fund alone, and that money is today preserving services for the public," Constantine said.

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Business
5:59 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fast Food Worker Challenges Firing, but Faces Uphill Battle

Carlos Hernandez has filed charges against his employer, Subway, for what he says was an illegal firing
Ashley Gross KPLU

 (Update 9/25/13: Adds comment from Subway franchise owner Hasan Zeer.)

A worker fired from a Subway sandwich shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has filed charges saying it was illegal retaliation for going on strike. But experts say fighting that kind of legal battle can take years.

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Business
3:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Is Seattle Heading for a Grocery Store Strike?

QFC, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Albertsons are in the middle of contentious bargaining with about 30,000 workers
Bob B. Brown

About 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region will be voting next week on whether to authorize a strike. That’s after the bargaining team decided to recommend a strike vote, saying they made no progress in bargaining earlier this week.

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Business
3:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Teamsters Say Darigold Walked Out of Negotiations

Roadsidepictures

Seattle’s big dairy cooperative, Darigold, is once again facing worker unrest. The Teamsters have filed an unfair labor practice charge, saying the company walked out of negotiations with a mediator. 

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starbucks and guns
9:32 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.

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boeing
3:20 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

First Variant of Boeing 787 Takes Off

A Boeing 787-9 starts to take off Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The first addition to the Boeing 787 family has taken to the skies.

The 787-9 took off Tuesday morning from Paine Field, near the Everett factory where the plane was assembled.

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labor dispute
9:37 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Longshoremen Take Down Picket Line; Bertha to Resume Digging

WSDOT

The tunnel-boring machine known as Big Bertha will resume digging after longshoremen agreed to remove their picket line which had been in place since Aug. 20.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 agreed to let the project resume despite an unresolved labor dispute with the project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, over four jobs.

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foreign investors
1:08 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Investor Visa Proves Popular with Lawmakers, but Outside Control

American Life, Inc. President Greg Steinhauer testifies to the Washington State Legislative Committee on Economic Development & International Relations.
Tom Banse

Legislators in Washington state are showing enthusiasm for a federal immigration program that gives green cards to wealthy foreign investors. But state officials discovered during a workshop on Friday that the options for expanding foreign investment in this way are largely outside their control. 

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minimum wage
4:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Money Pours in From Both Sides of SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight

Supporters of the initiative attended a recent SeaTac City Council meeting.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into both sides of a heated controversy over a proposed minimum wage hike in the city of SeaTac. 

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an appeal by Alaska Airlines and other business groups seeking to keep the living-wage ordinance off the November ballot.

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Business
4:02 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Professor Proposes Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages

Don Ryan, File AP Photos

A Cornell University law professor recommends that Seattle consider using its power of eminent domain to stem the foreclosure crisis. But that idea is controversial, and a California city that said it planned to try using eminent domain for that purpose is now being challenged in court. 

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