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

Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days Work & Family

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

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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

Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days Work & Family

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

Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days Work & Family

| October 26, 2016 | Public News Service

Vote for an opportunity economy

Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days Work & Family

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

Vote for an opportunity economy

Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days Work & Family

| Marilyn Watkins | October 22, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

Time for a Raise

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Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | October 20, 2016

Seattle’s job boom may be making headlines, but new data show the economy is growing across Washington state. Employment markets from Spokane to Longview have experienced several years of job growth. In most counties, typical household incomes are also up, while poverty rates are down. But the news is not all

WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

Minimum Wage

| October 4, 2016

Did you know that more of the lowest-wage workers are over age 55 than under 20? Or that 417,000 people in Washington work at or near Washington’s minimum wage (earning less than $12/hour)? A 6-cent cost-of-living adjustment will increase Washington’s minimum wage to $9.53 per hour on January 1st, 2017. While

Workers have earned a better wage, paid sick leave

Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days Work & Family

| John Burbank | September 23, 2016 | Everett Herald

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

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

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Report | Marilyn Watkins | August 3, 2016

Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

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