Ashley Gross en Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers <a href="">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 23:24:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 41924 at Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor Boeing Machinists Accept Contract By Slim Margin Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Boeing machinists have voted to accept a new contract. That means construction of Boeing's next generation long-haul jet will stay in Seattle. Ashley Gross of member station KPLU reports.<p>ASHLEY GROSS, BYLINE: The whole state of Washington has been waiting to find out what Boeing's 30,000 machinists would decide to do. The aerospace giant is the state's biggest private sector employer. That means each Boeing job has a ripple effect that benefits the whole economy. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 41236 at Machinist Contract Vote Could Lock-In Work On Boeing's 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 38434 at Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To 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 38028 at Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs Grocery Workers To Stay On The Job In Seattle Area Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And from a strike that's ended to one that has been averted. Grocery workers in the Seattle metro area were on the verge of walking out over proposed cuts in health insurance. They have now reached a deal with their employers, as Ashley Gross of member station KPLU reports.<p>ASHLEY GROSS, BYLINE: Cindy LaPlaunt works in the meat department at a Safeway north of Seattle. Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons, the three companies negotiating the new contract, wanted to drop health insurance for thousands of part-time employees. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:35:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 37173 at Amazon To Expand Grocery Delivery Service Currently, 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 28914 at Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls <em>The Washington Post</em> and the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> recently said they will start <a href="">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 24429 at Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls Boeing's Tech Workers Vote To Authorize Strike 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 11:55:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 22271 at Do Boeing Engineers Have Enough Leverage To 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 11:34:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 21583 at 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 09:08:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 21076 at Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike