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Category: Labor
November 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

A reader’s letter about his work experience at Paseo

Matthew Crane lights a candle and leaves a flower Tuesday in front of the shuttered Paseo restaurant in Fremont (the Ballard shop closed, too), under a sign saying it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.” (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

In 2007, a chubby 16-year-old version of myself walked timidly into Paseo Fremont with a résumé in hand [“Day after closing, Paseo files for bankruptcy,” Local news, Nov. 13]. With almost no former work experience, I didn’t have high hopes that I would have any sort of a shot at working at my favorite restaurant in the world.

To my astonishment Lucas, the older brother in the Lorenzo family offered me a job on the spot after we bonded over lacrosse. Throughout my time as a new employee, I was met with nothing but encouragement and support from Lucas, his brother Julian and their dad Lorenzo. “Anything you need, come to us,” I was told over and over.

At the end of my first summer working there, I was


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September 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

How low can you go? I was struck by the presentation of the “no” position in the minimum-wage debate. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.] It makes sense that entry-level positions are just that: for people entering the job market, learning to be reliable and able to follow directions. But this sensible…


Comments | More in Economy, Labor, Politics | Topics: entry-level positions, fast food, job market

September 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Labor dispute halts tunnel work in Seattle

A picket line that needs to be crossed I do not understand the longshoremen’s union’s position on the removal of dirt from the tunnel project. [“Tunnel work grinds to a halt over union dispute,” page one, Sept. 7.] They apparently agreed to arbitration but dislike the July ruling. They were offered a reasonable split of the…


Comments | More in Labor, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Bertha, ILWU, labor

May 3, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Social Security disability benefits

Not everyone takes advantage of the system I was appalled by Froma Harrop’s column [“Free America’s ‘work beasts’ from disability scammers,” Opinion, April 26]. Let us be clear: This was nothing more than a naked attack on the safety net that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide. It’s an old tactic — take a small truth…


Comments | More in Disabilities, Labor | Topics: disability, labor, Social Security

March 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Amazon and German activists dispute on labor

Seattle’s progressivism may not be global The recent protest that took place in South Lake Union at the headquarters of should serve as a reminder to us all that Seattle may not be as “progressive” as we like to believe. Protesting Amazon’s refusal to negotiate a union-wage contract with its currently nonunion workforce in Germany,…


Comments | More in Business, Labor, Seattle, Unions | Topics: amazon, Germany

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing: Will 787 line move to S. Carolina?

Does S. Carolina know how to build a Boeing? Editor, The Times: Though I never built a Boeing aircraft, I did fly them. Because of the dedication, knowledge and expertise of Washington state craftsmen and women, many of those well-designed and constructed airframes are still flying. Consider that the 707, 737, 747, B-52 and even some B-17s are…


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September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teachers strike: Spend some time in teachers’ shoes

To protect teachers’ rights and public interest, introduce binding arbitration No matter which side you believe is right in the labor dispute between Kent’s teachers and their district’s management, we can all agree teachers should receive fair contracts and a teachers strike is never in the public interest. So when negotiations reach an impasse, how can…


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September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

UW president’s compensation: Is Emmert making too much?

A sense of sacrifice from UW president I for one am terribly impressed by University of Washington President Mark Emmert’s shared sense of sacrifice [“Emmert gets new perks, no pay raise,” page one, Sept. 4] as the UW has made deep cuts in its budget, including eliminating its swim team as well as increasing tuition by…


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September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teacher’s strike illegal: Should they abandon picket lines?

Strike illegal, but will teachers face consequences? For being educated people, striking Kent teachers don’t seem to understand their strike is illegal, yet they still serve no consequence for their action. [“Kent teachers delay decision on whether to stay on strike,” page one, Sept. 4.] Kent teachers point their fingers at other school districts when they talk…


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