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Strong Show of Support for Paid Family and Medical Leave in House Labor Committee Hearing

Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

Economic Opportunity Institute | January 19, 2017

Workers, business owners, health care experts, and community groups testify in support of bill to create Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Today the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee heard public testimony on the Washington Work and Family Coalition’s proposal for paid family and medical leave

Washington Work and Family Coalition announces proposal for statewide paid family and medical leave

Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

Economic Opportunity Institute | January 10, 2017

SEATTLE – Today the Washington Work and Family Coalition announced their policy proposal for paid family and medical leave in Washington. Under the proposed bills, Washington workers would be able to use extended paid leave for events like the birth of a child, a personal health emergency, or to take care of

Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

Early Learning Education Higher Education K-12 Education Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Reform Tax and Budget Work & Family

Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the zip code of their residence. Beyond that basic human right

New WA state rule on overtime pay can help fix income inequality

Column Work & Family

John Burbank | November 30, 2016

Two weeks ago the people of our state voted to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2017, and eventually $13.50 in 2020. It’s an important step forward — but just one step. And thanks to a judge in Texas, Washington has some more work to do. Strong as it is, our state’s new minimum wage law doesn’t do muc

Up to state to restore rule on who’s ‘exempt’ from OT pay

Column Work & Family

| John Burbank | November 30, 2016 | Everett Herald

The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | November 23, 2016

A just-released study funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to the State of Washington shows strong public support for a paid family and medical leave program – and new cost estimates that put such a program easily within reach of most workers and employers: Three in four Washington voters support a stat

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

Latina Equal Pay Day: Not a day to celebrate

Equal Pay Work & Family

Economic Opportunity Institute | November 1, 2016

For the past six years of my life I’ve dedicated my professional life to women’s equity issues. I was an instrumental part of a team that helped develop and eventually pass a paid sick days ordinance in Seattle in 2011. Currently, it’s been all about getting a paid family and medical leave bill passed at 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

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