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Decrease In Unions And Increase In Wage Disparity

Ross Reynolds
08/01/2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Decrease In Unions And Increase In Wage Disparity: A new UW study links the decline in union membership since the 1970s to wage inequality. We talk to Jake Rosenfeld, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington and the co–author of the study.

Check Debate: In this era of plastic, Washington still issues unemployment benefits the old fashioned way: by check. That's a stark contrast to neighboring Oregon, where jobless benefits are loaded on a debit card. So, what are the trade–offs? Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

Oil Spill Risk Report: Colonel Anthony Wright left his post as Seattle district commander of the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. He's steered the Northwest through major flooding events and millions of dollars in military construction projects. But he's leaving behind one unfinished piece of business. The corps is in possession of a report detailing the risk of an oil spill in Washington waters, and some say it's high time that report was made public. Ashley Ahearn reports.


Jake Rosenfeld is a professor of sociology at the University of Washington.

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