For Today

Mayor Ed Murray

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The State of the City Address

Ed Murray will be giving his first State of the City Address this week.

With his minimum wage task force in play, starring business and labor opponents (plus Murray's foil Kshama Sawant also on board) along with Murray's recent Kumbaya victory on the Bike Master Plan, we expect Murray, who ran on taking a collaborative approach, to continue hyping the Murray method, particularly as he sets the stage for his upcoming neighborhood summit (Saturday, April 5) and, his other big to-do, the police chief search.

State of the City, Tue, February 18, 2pm, Council Chambers in City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave #4, free.

Learn How to Fail

Blogger Megan McArdle, who writes about business and economics at Bloomberg, has released a book about failure—specifically, about why knowing how to fail is so important to succeeding. 

The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success claims that making mistakes is the best way to improve, whether in business, government, or dating.

Fail Your Way to Success, Tue, February 18, 7:30–9pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Social Media in Job Searches

These days, searching for jobs and applying online can feel like you're throwing resumes into a black hole. But this class—The Role of Social Media in the New Job Search—will teach you to use online resources to your advantage.

Offered by South Seattle Community College, this class will help you to manage LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, create profiles, find jobs, and maximize your network. You'll also learn how to find and connect with hiring managers.

LinkedIn & Twitter: The Role of Social Media in the New Job Search, Wed, February 19, 2:30–4:30pm, Level 4 Room 4, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, free.

For Thursday

Boycott McPoverty

From our Advance Notice files: McDonald's was constantly in the news last year for providing budgeting resources to its employees—with a budget based on having two jobs and leaving out money for childcare, gas, and groceries. The budget proved one thing about the unhealthy fast-food corporation: They are fully aware that they don't pay their employees enough to survive.

This Thursday, Working Washington is calling for a boycott of the three biggest fast-food chains: McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. In the midst of a local debate about raising Seattle's minimum wage (and with President Obama signing an executive order last week to raise the national minimum wage), these corporations making billions of dollars in profits could lead by example and pay their employees a living wage.


Plan ahead to pack a lunch, and if you're in a pinch, grab something from a smaller chain or a local spot and support fast-food workers everywhere.

Boycott McPoverty, Thu, February 20, all day, all McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's locations, free.

Advance Notice for March 6

What Unions No Longer Do

"You cannot understand what's been happening in terms of inequality in this country without accounting for the dramatic decline of organized labor," said Jake Rosenfeld recently on MSNBC 's The Cycle

This is the thesis of the new book, What Unions No Longer Do, by Rosenfeld, a UW associate professor of sociology. When unions were strong in America, he argues, they reduced inequality across the board—unions worked for their members to have better wages, and employers of non-union workers kept wages high to keep their employees from unionizing. Unions reduced political and racial inequality and helped workers to reach the middle class, and without them Americans are struggling.

Jake Rosenfeld: What Unions No Longer Do, Thu, March 6 (rescheduled from February), 7pm, University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, free.

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