Archives: Washington Policy Watch

It’s February 28. You can now get the flu and not miss a paycheck.


Marilyn Watkins | February 28, 2018

Washingtonians who’ve worked full time since January 1 have earned a full day of sick leave, something previously unavailable to too many residents outside of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. In 2016, voters approved Initiative 1433, increasing the minimum wage and setting a statewide minimum standard of one hour

Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either


John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name is Anu Partanen. Partanen is an American citizen, an author, a researcher,

Details About Washington’s New Paid Sick Days Law

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Marilyn Watkins | December 27, 2017

Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in January 2018 when the new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect. Employees who previously had to go to work with the flu or when a child is sick will be able to take time off to prioritize health and pay their bills in

New Rights in Washington Help Working Families Thrive


Marilyn Watkins | December 15, 2017

Washington State has begun implementing new standards to help workers stay healthy and protect their loved ones. These new laws are the result of the activism and collaboration of many individuals, community groups, labor unions, advocacy organizations, business owners, and policymakers. Healthy Pregnancies,

Washington joins growing list of states with paid sick and safe leave for all — and a better minimum wage!

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Marilyn Watkins | November 9, 2016

Washington has joined the growing number of states to adopt paid sick and safe leave for all workers with approval of Initiative 1433. Starting in January 2018, everyone working in Washington will be assured at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. An estimated one million workers in the

You have meaningful decisions to make on your ballot


Economic Opportunity Institute | November 3, 2016

Have you had your ballot on the kitchen counter — for almost two weeks now — and still not opened it up to vote? Or maybe you forgot where you put it? Or maybe you recycled it, and now don’t know where to get your ballot to vote. Or maybe you just want to wait until the last minute to vote. I hope that is the

Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

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Economic Opportunity Institute | October 26, 2016

LONG BEACH, Wash. – Jobs are coming back and incomes are improving across Washington state, but families still are struggling to pay for the basics, according to a new report. The analysis Time for a Raise: Statewide Growth and Washington’s Minimum Wage found many of the jobs in the Evergreen State’s growing

Vote for an opportunity economy

King County Ballot Drop Box

Marilyn Watkins | October 24, 2016

You got your ballot in the mail. Now what? Vote!  Our votes up and down the ballot will help shape our state and nation for decades into the future. Among the many important issues and candidates, Initiative 1433 and the Sound Transit measure allow us to directly boost economic opportunity and vitality in our

Workers have earned a better wage, paid sick leave: Support I-1433

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John Burbank | September 23, 2016

The campaign for president is getting most of the media attention this year, but we have other important decisions to make as voters this November. Among the initiatives on the ballot is Initiative 1433, also known as RaiseUp Washington. This initiative will put in place minimum standards for paid sick days a

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 8, 2016

August 26 commemorated Women’s Equality Day, the date in 1920 when women won the Constitutional right to vote in the United States. This year the date had a little more emotional kick with a woman running for the first time as a serious contender for the Presidency. But it’s taken nearly a full century to gai

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