Business

Business
4:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Yesler Terrace approved; How well do Seattle's mixed-income communities work?

John Harrison and Helen Biersack are homeowners who moved into the mixed-income community of High Point in West Seattle in April
Ashley Gross KPLU

Update: The Seattle City Council unanimously approved the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.

“By building a mixed-use community at Yesler Terrace we can improve the quality of life for very low income families and create new affordable housing opportunities,” said Mayor Mike McGinn in a press release. 

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Business
11:42 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Fry's to pay $2.3M in Renton sexual harassment settlement

Federal officials say electronics retailer Fry's will pay a $2.3 million settlement after the retaliatory firing of a supervisor who alerted the company's legal department that one of his employees was being sexually harassed.

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Economy and environment
10:40 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Study: NW gasoline consumption falling to 1996 levels

Driving around Seattle may feel as congested as ever, but a new report says we're making fewer trips and burning less gas.
Craig Damlo Flickr

The high price of gasoline is leading Northwesterners to drive less and use more fuel-efficient cars, according to the Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based environment and policy research nonprofit.

According to the study:

“Washington and Oregon are on track to burn less gasoline in their cars and trucks this year than at any time since 1996 – less even than in 2008, when gas prices spiked and the economy cratered. … At least for the 
moment, the plateau in gas consumption that began in the
late 1990s has turned into a gentle downward slide.”

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Business
4:30 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

McKenna announces settlement with book publishers

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state e-book consumers will receive $2 million under a nationwide settlement with three of the country's largest book publishers over allegations of price fixing.

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Gas prices
10:47 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Northwest gas prices still on the rise

The price of gas in the Northwest is more than 25 cents a gallon more than the national average. Photo by tinatinatinatinatina via Flickr

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:03 pm

With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas has once again topped $4 in Oregon and Washington. AAA says that puts the cost of gas in the Northwest at more than 25 cents a gallon above the national average.

The price is still not as high as it was earlier this summer, but AAA's Marie Dodds says it's unprecedented for gas to top $4 a gallon this late in the summer.

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What's in a logo?
10:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Microsoft unveils first new logo in 25 years

The new logo unveiled today.

Preparing for the “most significant waves of product launches in Microsoft’s history,” the Redmond tech giant has unveiled a new logo.

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Participation Nation
8:54 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Recycling baby things in Seattle

Stuff the Bus 2012.
Courtesy of WestSide Baby

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 8:35 am

WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization in Seattle that collects used car seats, cribs, toys and other items for children and distributes them for free to South King County families in need.

Donations are inspected, organized and then used to fill wish lists of food and clothing banks and service care providers, such as public health nurses and social workers.

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contract negotiations
2:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Boeing engineers file labor complaint; talks off to a rough start

A spokesman says Boeing is asking employees to shoulder a bigger portion of health care costs, as expenses rise, in order for the company to stay competitive.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

The union representing Boeing engineers and technicians has filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the company, charging that Boeing is trying to muzzle its union members as contract negotiations heat up.

The complaint filed yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle says Boeing has threatened union members with discipline if they speak to each other about wages, hours and working conditions.

Boeing spokesman Tim Healy said the company hadn't yet seen the complaint, but he disputed the union's claim, saying no one from Boeing told employees not to discuss working conditions or wages with each other.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking

Pew

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 12:07 pm

The researchers at Pew Social & Demographic Trends aren't holding back in their new report on the middle class. It calls the last 11 years, "the lost decade" for the country's middle class.

The highlight from the report issued today is that the middle class is poorer, earning less and shrinking.

In its press release, Pew reports:

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Worker benefits
10:28 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Paid sick leave for workers in Seattle takes effect September 1

At a meeting in Ballard on August 20, 2012, office managers and others who deal with small business payrolls listen to the city of Seattle Office for Civil Rights explain the requirements of the new paid sick leave law which takes effect Sept. 1.
Paula Wissel KPLU

A new benefit may be in store for you if you work in Seattle.  After September 1, 2012, employers in the city will be required to provide you with paid sick leave. It covers whether you're  full time, part time or work just occasionally in the city. 

Here's a link that to the specifics of the new paid sick leave law from the city of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights. For the most part, starting next month workers will earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

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Business
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Amazon trying out lockers for delivering your purchases

If you place an order with Amazon in Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., or London, the lockers will show up as a shipping option.
Matt Jones Flickr

If you’ve bought something recently on Amazon.com, you may have noticed it’s testing a new way to deliver packages. The Internet retailer has quietly installed non-descript lockers where you can pick up an order, rather than having it sent to a personal address.

The pilot program is available in four cities including Seattle.

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Business
12:51 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

The kids love working in Seattle best, survey shows

This is where Millennials are moving to meet people their own age, max out their pay and avoid time-wasting commutes, according to PayScale.
Chris Tarnawski Flickr

Seattle is the best place to work in the nation for Generation Y (19 to 30 year olds), according to PayScale, a jobs and salary data analysis and employment website.

Geekwire, which tipped us off to the story, said Seattle outperformed what it identified as other tech hotbeds: Boston (#5), New York (#7) and San Francisco (tied for #9).

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Business
9:12 am
Tue August 21, 2012

New Export-Import Bank office in Seattle targets small businesses

Mastering the export business can be tough – especially for a small company. Now there’s a new push to help local entrepreneurs sell more stuff overseas.

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Stimulus projects
12:59 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

2 Wash. transportation projects expedited by Obama

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two transportation projects in Washington state are among four projects that President Barack Obama says will be expedited under his "We Can't Wait" initiative.

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Your Money
12:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Worth the deal? Groceries get a personalized price

A customer using Safeway's personalized deals gets this loaf of bread for 99 cents instead of the original $4.29.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 3:56 pm

Loyalty cards have long given discounts to shoppers who sign up, but stores are increasingly offering personalized discounts tailored to each customer's shopping patterns.

Those tailored discounts mean someone standing in front of you at the supermarket checkout line might get a lower price on the exact same gallon of milk that you're buying.

A 'Secret Deal'

Heather Kulper is one of those people who really wants to get a good deal. She's a mom in a suburb north of Seattle who writes a blog about coupon clipping and saving money.

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