Algorithmic price fixing on apartment rentals; Plus Kaiser mental health workers end their strike

Apartment buildings near Seneca Street in Seattle. Image by Martin Junius is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

On today’s show:

0:08 – Heather Vogell (@hvogell), who is currently investigating the rental housing market for ProPublica discusses her recent investigation of YieldStar, the algorithmic software developed by RealPage to help landlords set rental prices on apartments.

0:33 – Dr. John Maa, a longtime volunteer physician with the American Heart Association discusses Prop 31, the referendum on the flavored tobacco ban.

0:44 – Alexis Petrakis, a psychologist for Kaiser in Petaluma and a member of the NUHW bargaining committee discusses the new 4-year contract that they just successfully bargained with Kaiser and that the union voted to ratify on Thursday evening.


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