Ashley Gross http://wfae.org en Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor http://wfae.org/post/boeing-machinists-plight-marks-changing-times-labor The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/04/259647655/cheers-and-jeers-as-boeing-machinists-narrowly-ok-contract">narrowly approved</a> an offer to<strong> </strong>build the company's new airliner, the 777X.<p>Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who had gathered had wanted to reject the offer. But they were in a tight spot. They risked losing the bid to one of the 21 states hoping to step in.<p>Washington state ultimately managed to keep the jobs. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 43076 at http://wfae.org Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor Machinist Contract Vote Could Lock-In Work On Boeing's 777 http://wfae.org/post/boeing-machinists-vote-could-lock-work-777 Even though it's not a negotiating period, Boeing told the union that members have to vote Wednesday on an eight-year contract extension that includes higher health insurance costs and a pension freeze. Boeing says if they don't pass it, the company may build the next version of its wide-body 777 jet elsewhere. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 39142 at http://wfae.org Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs http://wfae.org/post/starbucks-latest-company-aiming-help-vets-land-jobs In recent years, companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing have announced special hiring programs for veterans. Seattle coffee giant Starbucks is the latest.<p>All of these companies are trying to bring down a stubbornly high unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But to succeed, companies have to take the time to understand the skills of service members.<p>For 37 years, Carrol Stripling served in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, mostly as a paralegal. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:05:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 38681 at http://wfae.org Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs Amazon To Expand Grocery Delivery Service http://wfae.org/post/amazon-expand-grocery-delivery-service Currently, Amazon.com only offers food delivery in Seattle, where the company is based. Food goes bad fast and it's hard to make a profit. But slim profit margins are what have made Amazon a juggernaut. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:19:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 28789 at http://wfae.org Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls http://wfae.org/post/looking-oxygen-small-papers-erect-digital-paywalls <em>The Washington Post</em> and the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> recently said they will start <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-washington-post-to-charge-frequent-web-users/2013/03/18/adc0ba46-8fe5-11e2-bdea-e32ad90da239_story.html">charging readers</a> for online content, joining big papers like <em>The New York Times</em> and <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:34:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 24062 at http://wfae.org Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls Boeing's Tech Workers Vote To Authorize Strke http://wfae.org/post/boeings-tech-workers-vote-authorize-strke Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Boeing has won a partial victory in a contract dispute with its engineering union, and that reduces the odds of a strike, as Ashley Gross of member station KPLU in Seattle reports.<p>ASHLEY GROSS, BYLINE: The engineering union covers two sets of workers - salaried engineers and hourly technical workers. The engineers voted to accept Boeing's final offer. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 21754 at http://wfae.org Do Boeing Engineers Have Enough Leverage To Strike? http://wfae.org/post/do-boeing-engineers-have-enough-leverage-strike Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Boeing engineers in the Pacific Northwest are voting on whether to authorize a strike. The labor dispute is playing out against a dramatic backdrop. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:58:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 21023 at http://wfae.org Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike http://wfae.org/post/boeing-contract-offer-could-prompt-engineers-strike Boeing is scrambling to figure out why batteries malfunctioned on its 787, prompting officials to ground the airplane this month. And at a time when Boeing most needs its skilled engineers, they're weighing a possible strike. Union leaders are considering the company's final contract offer.<p>The standoff between Boeing and about 23,000 engineers and technicians — mostly in the Seattle region — has been brewing for months. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:16:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 20466 at http://wfae.org Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike Stores Banking On Personalized Loyalty Programs http://wfae.org/post/stores-banking-personalized-loyalty-programs 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.<p>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.<p><strong>A 'Secret Deal'</strong><p>Heather Kulper is one of those people who really wants to get a good deal. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 2965 at http://wfae.org Stores Banking On Personalized Loyalty Programs