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September 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

How low can you go? People chant and march next to E John St. and Broadway during a demonstration and walkout of fast food and coffee shop employees on Capitol Hill Aug. 29, 2013. The rally was part of a nationwide protest of low-wage laborers demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage.[Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.] I…

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

September 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

Hemorrhage of greed Fast food workers and others protest in front of the Wendy’s in Ballard Aug. 29, 2013. They want the minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times] James Sherk claims paying fast-food workers a $15 hourly wage is akin to attaching leeches to their skin, in that…

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Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: corporations, fast food, labor

September 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

Share the wealth Angeles Solis (middle left) and Yecenia Morales-Garcia, members of United Students Against Sweatshops, chant in solidarity outside the Broadway Subway during a demonstration and walkout of fast food and coffee shop employees on Broadway Ave. on Capitol Hill Aug. 29, 2013. The rally was part of a nationwide protest, spanning to New York…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: economy, families, fast food

September 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Raising minimum wage in Seattle

Event staff deserve more A crowd of marches past Seattle Central on Broadway during a demonstration and walkout of fast food and coffee shop employees on Broadway Ave. on Capitol Hill Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times] I love the city of Seattle and value the many public events that provide enrichment for the…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business owners, employment, labor

September 18, 2013 at 6:28 AM

The Affordable Care Act

Time for a bigger change I am convinced that the national health-care reform law is seriously flawed. It is not that the law isn’t good in theory; it is just not workable in a currency-driven economy, such as the one we have now. What we need to do is rethink our economy. A society with a currency-based economy…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, currency, economy

September 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Getting Bertha moving again

Cut out unions Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 picket the site of the State Route 99 tunnel project site on the Seattle waterfront Aug. 20, 2013. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.] Those in charge of the tunnel project should simply hire nonunion workers to deal with the removal of the excavated material…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Bertha, labor, tunnel

September 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Workers protest, campaign for raise in minimum wage

Make their lives easier A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against “wage theft” by their employers in Seattle, on Thursday, August 1. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.] It has been a long time since my days of making minimum wage. Like many people who start out…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: courtesy, labor, Minimum Wage

September 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Labor dispute halts tunnel work in Seattle

A picket line that needs to be crossed Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 picket the site of the State Route 99 tunnel project site on the Seattle waterfront in August. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.] I do not understand the longshoremen’s union’s position on the removal of dirt from the tunnel project….

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

September 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Union dispute delays tunnel project

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 picket the site of the State Route 99 tunnel project site on the Seattle waterfront in late August, 2013. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.] Waste of time and money Do you really think the taxpaying public really cares who moves the dirt? [“Tunnel work grinds…

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Comments | More in Labor, Seattle | Topics: Bertha, jobs, labor

September 5, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Fast-food workers push for higher minimum wage

It’s up to you Ethan Dietrich-Reed, laid off from the Capitol Hill Qdoba when it closed, claps in a brief downpour outside Panera Bread opposite Seattle Central Community College during a demonstration and walkout of fast food and coffee shop employees on Broadway Ave on Capitol Hill Thursday, August 29, 2013. The rally was part of…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: fast food, labor, living wage

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