Ashley Gross en 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 33869 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 33434 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 32519 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 22069 at Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls 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 19685 at Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike Stores Banking On 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 12732 at Stores Banking On Personalized Loyalty Programs