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Labor Negotiations
4:14 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Alaska Air Flight Attendants Frustrated By Slow Contract Talks

Flight attendants protest outside Alaska's shareholders meeting in May, 2013.
Ashley Gross

Alaska Airlines executives and flight attendants are back at the bargaining table this week with a federal mediator, but the workers say they’re frustrated by the slow pace of contract negotiations which have dragged on for almost three years. 

Union leaders and the company did reach a tentative deal late last year, but members rejected it.

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Economy
9:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Report: Washington's Low-Income Residents Are Disproportionately Burdened By Debt

Low-income residents Washington state are disproportionately burdened by debt, according to a new report by the grassroots advocacy group Alliance for a Just Society. 

One reason: increasing student loan debt. The report says the average student loan debt at graduation in Washington jumped 23 percent from 2008 to 2012 to a total of more than $23,000. And the average credit card debt in the state is more than $5,000.

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Business
4:02 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Moving Headquarters To Seattle's Pioneer Square

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Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

Weyerhaeuser is moving its headquarters from Federal Way to Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, the company announced Tuesday.

The 114-year-old timber company will "divest the land and buildings it owns in Federal Way, Washington," according to a news release.

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Business
12:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board, Saying He'll Be Busy As New Clippers Owner

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014 file photo, new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer speaks during a news conference held after the Clippers Fan Festival in Los Angeles.
Jae C. Hong AP Photo

Former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is leaving the board of the software company he led for 14 years.

In a letter released on Microsoft's website, Ballmer said he has confidence in new CEO Satya Nadella, and he has no plans to sell his shares in the "foreseeable future." Ballmer said he holds more shares than anyone other than index funds. 

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Aerospace
3:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Boeing Begins Process Of Building Its 777X Composite Wing Plant In Everett

Officials including Sen. Maria Cantwell (center) and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner (second from right) get ready to begin demolition work.
Ashley Gross

Everett is a step closer to becoming the home of Boeing’s next wide-body jet assembly. The company has started demolition work on three buildings that will be torn down to make way for the new 777X composite wing center. 

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Labor Dispute
1:36 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tentative Agreement Announced In Northwest Grain Terminal Dispute

Grain export companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union say they’ve reached a tentative labor agreement that could end a lockout at Portland and Vancouver ports. 

The agreement, which was reached just before midnight, was announced by a federal mediator.

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Labor Dispute
5:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Dozens Of Sakuma Berry Pickers Walk Out To Protest The Firing Of A Worker

Sakuma Brothers Farms workers walked out to protest the firing of an employee.
Ashley Gross

The ongoing labor dispute at a large Skagit Valley berry farm has flared up again. Workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms walked out on Monday to protest the firing of an employee who has been active in workplace organizing.

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First Cut
5:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

Should they be?

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First Cut
5:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Mary, How Does Your Pot Garden Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Crop

Growing marijuana outside is a tricky venture, as farmer Susy Wilson can attest to.
Jordan Schrader The News Tribune

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky, and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

Take Susy Wilson’s farm near Dallesport in the Columbia Gorge. Her pot crew and support includes low-paid family and friends. And a few waist-high pot plants in her fenced-off compound look a bit sad.

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Marijuana Edibles
5:01 am
Mon August 4, 2014

At State's First Licensed Edible Pot Company, These Brothers Are All Business

The three Devlin brothers (left to right: Patrick, Michael and Dan) created the first company licensed in Washington to produce marijuana-infused edibles.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington’s recreational pot shops still aren’t selling marijuana food, partly because making the rules for it turned out to be so complicated. But the three brothers behind the state’s first licensed edibles processor are embracing the regulations, and generally looking to be the grown-ups in the new industry.

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First Cut
10:09 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out?

Judy Bodily waters freshly planted pot plants at Black Dog Acres outside of Goldendale, Washington.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community: Should marijuana be grown indoors or out?

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Labor Dispute
1:26 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

NLRB Judge: Boeing Failed To Bargain In Good Faith With SPEEA

FILE - With a model 757 over his shoulder, Ernest Griffin drops his ballot at the headquarters of the union for Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Tukwila, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Boeing failed to negotiate in good faith when it refused to provide evidence to substantiate its claim that workers in the Puget Sound area cost more than workers elsewhere, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Friday.

The ruling was in response to an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA.

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First Cut
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: 'First Cut' Tells Stories Of Washington's Marijuana Farmers

"First Cut," a collaborative series produced in partnership with the Tacoma News Tribune, tells the stories of the farmers behind Washington's marijuana crop.

Correspondent Anna King and Tacoma News Tribune’s Jordan Schrader talked to Austin Jenkins about their joint effort.

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Business
5:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses

compdude787 Flickr

With four vessels out of service, users of Washington state’s ferry system are coping with disruptions all around Puget Sound. In Anacortes, the international ferry to Sidney, British Columbia is canceled through Friday, and business leaders in Anacortes say they’re concerned that hotels could be hurt on the town’s busiest weekend of the year.  

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Business & Labor
10:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers

This file photo shows workers at a berry farm outside of Eltopia, Washington.
Anna King

A breakdown in a U.S. State Department computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.

Those farmers are concerned about getting enough pickers for late summer and fall crops.

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