Monthly Archives: January 2014

Marilyn Watkins: Lowering wages for working teens is the wrong approach

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

Testimony | Marilyn Watkins | January 30, 2014

Given before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on SB 6471 Good afternoon. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, testifying in opposition to SB 6471. I applaud the concern of the sponsors for our state’s young people, but lowering wages for working teens is the wrong approach. The

Support local governments’ right to enact basic workplace standards

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days

Testimony | Marilyn Watkins | January 29, 2014

Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute and the Washington Work and Family Coalition here to testify in opposition to SB 6307 and in support of the ability of local governments to enact basic workplace standards, including minimum wages and paid sick leave. Everyone gets sick

START – Save Toward A Retirement Today

A Fair Deal at Work Retirement Security Retirement Security Accounts

Report | January 27, 2014

Retirement plans for small businesses and the self-employed are limited, costly and difficult to use. Which explains hwy 77% of small business employees (fewer than 100 workers) and 80% of very small business employees (fewer than 10 workers) have no way to save for retirement at work.1 When you don’t have go

Why Women Need Higher Social Security Benefits

A Fair Deal at Work Retirement Security Social Security

Fact Sheet | Maggie Humphreys | January 17, 2014

Social Security is the largest source of income for senior women 29.3% of US households (27.3% in Washington) receive Social Security income 14% of single mothers receive Social Security  income Women tend to out-live men. Life expectancy for a 65 year old woman is 20.3 years in the U.S., 20.5 years in Washin

Chutes and Ladders: How economic mobility is changing in an inequality society

A Fair Deal at Work An Inclusive Economy Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Report | Tatsuko Go Hollo | January 10, 2014

As the country continues to slowly climb its way out of the Great Recession, rising inequality and a shrinking middle class have become a growing threat to our national economy and shared quality of life. And while the American dream of prosperity, security and opportunity is still the standard by which most

Paid sick leave laws and local prosperity

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | Maggie Humphreys | January 2, 2014

San Francisco adopted paid sick leave legislation in 2006, followed by Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Seattle. In 2013, Portland, OR, New York City, Jersey City, and SeaTac passed new laws entitling workers to paid sick leave and Washington, DC’s council expanded coverage. Protecting public health, assuring

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