Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

Testimony | Marilyn Watkins | January 30, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, makes the case for family and medical leave insurance (House Bill 1273) to Washington state legislators (Jan. 29, 2015): Full testimony: “Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a matter of luck whether a parent can af

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1273 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

Testimony | Marilyn Watkins | January 30, 2015

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Labor Committee on HB 1273 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, January 29, 2015. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a matter of luck whether a parent can afford to spend the f

Marilyn Watkins: Testimony on House Bill 1356, Paid Sick and Safe Leave

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Testimony | Marilyn Watkins | January 28, 2015

Testimony on HB 1356, Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment, Before the House Labor Committee, January 26, 2015, by Marilyn P. Watkins Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony in favor of House Bill 1356, establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from emp

Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

Educational Opportunity Higher Education

Issue Brief | John Burbank | January 27, 2015

The need for health professionals has increased dramatically in recent years, putting the nursing profession at a crossroads. Washington is no exception, facing a looming shortage not only nurses – which is expected to grow in the coming years – but also nurse educators. To meet the burgeoning need for nurses

Washington 2015 Budget Guide

An Inclusive Economy Progressive Tax Reform

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | January 27, 2015

Adopting a budget will be the main task of Washington’s legislature in 2015. The state’s elected leaders face a big challenge. Income inequality is constricting family budgets and the whole economy, here in Washington and nationwide. Washington also has an outdated tax system that no longer fits our economy.

The Equal Pay Opportunity Act

A Fair Deal at Work Equal Pay

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins, Sam Hatzenbeler | January 22, 2015

From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more than women. Social scientists and economists have found clear evidence that gender-based discrimination persists – and is so deeply ingrained in culture and practice that it often goes unrecognized. Ensuring th

2015 Legislative Agenda – Narrative

EOI

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | January 12, 2015

Income inequality continues to grow in the United States. Public policy decisions since 1980 have facilitated the concentration of wealth and power, enabling the top 1% to claim almost all the benefits of economic growth.  Stagnant incomes and increasing insecurity for the majority of households diminish heal

2015 Legislative Agenda – Summary

EOI

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | January 9, 2015

Women’s Economic Security Paycheck Fairness: Establish wage transparency and equal access to jobs and career tracks Paid Sick Days: Ensure workers statewide can earn paid sick & safe leave FaMLI Act: Provide paid family and medical leave, financed through payroll premiums Minimum Wage: Raise the state min

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