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Daily Troll: New WA oil port lease. SeaTac closer to higher wages. Most loyal employees?

Obama's new economic catchphrase? You can thank Seattle. Plus, what it's like to nearly get eaten by a whale.
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$15 an hour minimum wage for SeaTac

The SeaTac City Council voted to approve an initiative that would raise the minimum wage of workers in that city to $15 an hour, after a petition signed by nearly 3,000 residents requested changes to the hospitality and transportation workers' pay system. The decision to raise the minumum wage now lies in the hands of SeaTac voters, who will vote on the issue in November. A lawsuit has been filed by Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association with King County to stop the initiative. The vote comes in light of months-long organizing by workers at SeaTac Airport to protest poor wages and benefits. 
 
Seattle at forefront of Dems' economic push
 
In the other Washington, Dems launched an assault today on supply-side "trickle-down" economics. President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Illinois on his second-term economic policy, calling on congress to create a strong economy from the "middle out"; a term first popularized by Seattle's own Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu.  

U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., quickly joined the "middle out" dog pile: "When I worked to pass the Senate Budget in March, I made it clear that our highest priority is to create the conditions for job creation, economic growth, and prosperity built from the middle out, not the top down," she wrote in a statement Wednesday. "... I am hopeful that the minority of Republicans who are blocking us from starting a bipartisan budget conference will end their obstruction and let us get to work before we lurch to the next completely avoidable crisis.”
 
Port of Vancouver approves oil terminal lease
 
The Port of Vancouver's commission approved a lease for the Tesoro Corp. terminal, which would allow users to ship oil by train. The facility has the potential to handle nearly 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day, at a cost of up to $100 million. Supporters of the terminal cite the potential of 350 new jobs for the Vancouver area, but opponents point to the risks of shipping oil through the major cities of the Puget Sound area — like the July 6 explosion in Quebec that left 50 people dead.

Most loyal employees

Whose workers are more loyal: Google’s or Microsoft’s? According to Seattle-based tech company PayScale, which claims ownership of “the largest data source of real-time salary information,” Microsoft kicks arch-rival Google’s ass in the fidelity department. Median MS stay: 4.4 years. Median Google tenure: a fickle 1.1. This despite near identical median salaries — $109,000 (MS) v. $107,000 — and a much higher rate of job satisfaction among the Google crowds (84 percent v. 69 percent). There is just something special about Redmond.

Gone are the days when workers began and ended their careers at the same company. According to PayScale, today’s typical employee jumps ship after just 3.68 years. Seattle-based Amazon sheds workers even faster than Google. Like skin cells, for crying out loud. Amazon finished second (to Google’s 4th) on the list of companies with the least loyal workers. Tied with AFLAC. If you can’t beat an Ohio life insurance company, duck or no duck, well, ‘nuff said. Btw: the company with the most loyal employees? That would be Eastman Kodak, where the median stay is 20 years.

Don't eat me!

The adage "watch out for the sharks" may need to be corrected, as divers off Morro Bay in California discovered. The two divers had been photographing whales in the distance when the whales suddenly emerged from the water only feet away, and nearly swallowed both of them whole. The video of their encounter has over one million views on YouTube.

Berit Anderson is Managing Editor at Crosscut, where she follows tech, culture, environment, media and politics. Previously community manager of the Tribune Company’s Seattle blogging network, her work has also appeared in YES! Magazine and on the Huffington Post, Geekwire, Q13Fox.com and KBCS 91.3 radio. She served as Communications Director at Strategic News Service, a weekly newsletter that predicts global trends in tech and economics, and Future in Review, an annual tech conference which gathers C-level executives to solve global problems. You can find her on Twitter @Berit_Anderson or reach her at berit.anderson@crosscut.com.

Mary Bruno is the Editor-in-Chief of Crosscut.

Ashley Walls, a journalism major at the University of Washington, is an editorial intern at Crosscut, writes for an on-campus paper, The Greek Voice, and works with the Public Affairs department at the Overlake Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol. She is pursuing a secondary degree in business and volunteers for organizations in the Seattle area.


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Comments:

Posted Wed, Jul 24, 2:04 p.m. Inappropriate

Say goodbye to any internship jobs...or most temp office jobs at $12/hour. Seriously. Wow. Entry level jobs will disappear. What part of market economics does the city that could not even create its own name not understand?

Posted Wed, Jul 24, 2:11 p.m. Inappropriate

Did you mean to say Port of Vancouver approves oil terminal? And "supporters of the oil terminal..."?

KarenLee

Posted Wed, Jul 24, 2:40 p.m. Inappropriate

So all those 'new' jobs at Amazon? That mean we need to build up more apodments? I guess those folks really are transient.

Posted Thu, Jul 25, 10:58 a.m. Inappropriate

Dems sure love their buzzwords and catch phrases. Keeping it simple for the shallow.

BlueLight

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