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Paid family leave at Starbucks: The headlines vs. the reality

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 17, 2017

Starbucks got headlines for announcing a new employee family leave policy. But as this story shows, a splashy press release can mask real inequities in company policy. That’s why Washington state needs a paid family and medical leave program that people can count on, no matter where they work: “My name is Kri

Democracy is a participatory process

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Marilyn Watkins | March 16, 2017

Washington’s Legislature is more than halfway through its 2017 session and a lot of good bills have gone to the chopping block. The issues that have made it this far in the process are still alive because individuals and organizations spoke up, identified real life problems, and urged legislators to make the

Democracy is a participatory process

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| Marilyn Watkins | March 16, 2017 | South Seattle Emerald

BREAKING: One working family bill moves on to the Senate… one still left to go

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 9, 2017

BIG news! Yesterday, Washington’s House of Representatives has passed this year’s equal pay bill on a bipartisan vote, which will help us address the pay and opportunity gaps between working men and women in Washington. (And what a perfect way to recognize International Women’s Day!) This is a HUGE victory, a

Two ways your legislator can make real investments in economic security for Washington women

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 8, 2017

Women and families in the U.S. are facing so many challenges these days, it’s hard to know how to focus our energy. Women who have worked hard, paid taxes, and raised families in this country for years, torn from their children by immigration authorities. Congress and state legislatures restricting women’s ac

WA paid family and medical leave bill moves one step closer to House vote

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Economic Opportunity Institute | February 10, 2017

Proposal awaits vote after public hearing in House Appropriations Committee Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1116, which would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave proposal for all working families. Sponsored by Rep. June Robinson (D – Everett),

Legislators: End the 10-year wait, pass paid family and medical leave in WA

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Marilyn Watkins | February 10, 2017

In the decade since Washington state’s House Appropriations Committee last heard a paid family leave bill, we’ve learned a lot about how the first year of life sets the foundation for lifelong health and well-being, how our aging population and the gender wage gap affect our whole economy, and about the posit

Promises and progress on paid family and medical leave in legislature’s hands

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John Burbank | January 25, 2017

Nobody likes broken promises. And for the last year, there’s been a lot of promises about lifting up working families and building a better economy. Now, it’s too early to call promises broken. But it’s not too early to say that the first few moves from the new Trump administration don’t bode well: In just a

Paid family leave does right thing for working families

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| John Burbank | January 25, 2017 | Everett Herald

Washington lawmakers introduce groundbreaking family and medical leave legislation

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 23, 2017

After a decade of stalling, Washington lawmakers are ready to make their state the leader in paid family leave policy. State Democrats last week introduced a paid family leave bill that would be by far the most generous and progressive proposal in the country — if passed. The proposal calls for six months of

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