A new proposal calls for creating a 1.5% tax on household income in excess of $200,000 in Olympia, WA. If it passes, every public high school graduate and GED recipient living inside city boundaries would be eligible for money to pay for the first year of tuition at any community college, or an equivalent amount can be applied to tuition at any public university in Washington.
“This bill doesn’t say bosses must share everyone’s pay with everyone else, it’s just giving women the opportunity to ask if they are being paid less,” Rachel Senn said. “When I grow up, I don’t want to live in a world where women are paid less, and I really don’t want to live in a world where women don’t know if they are paid less, and they can get fired for exercising their first-amendment right of free speech.”
Changes in a bill to ensure equitable pay actually happens are contested, as Legal Voice and the Economic Opportunity Institute, both advocacy organizations with interests in pay-inequity matters, say the revised version does too much to negate it.
Jobs for college-educated workers are growing at a faster pace than for those without higher education, a trend also evident in the Seattle area. But nationally, nearly one-third of all workers now are in temporary, part-time or freelance jobs. Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, said that's a real concern.
It seems like every week, there’s a new tech company expanding its family leave policies. Zillow is the latest. Last week, it was Amazon.
Before that it was Microsoft and Netflix. Marilyn Watkins from the Economic Opportunity Institute hopes this rash of tech companies expanding family leave benefits will catch on with lawmakers.
The issue of paid family leave is coming into the forefront in Washington again. The state is among eight recently selected for a federal grant to research the benefits of implementing a paid family and medical leave program.
Considering the new raises in the context of average teacher salaries dating back to 2010, teachers have lost $8,728 in average salary over the last five years, according to John Burbank, executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute.
While the importance of Social Security to seniors is most often in the spotlight, said Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, the program also has helped stabilize the economy overall.
An Everett mom is calling on Governor Jay Inslee to fund paid maternity leave - with comments by Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute.
AARP and the left-of-center Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle describe the program concept as an “easy to use retirement tool” for employers that will benefit workers, and they note 1.5 million Washington workers currently lack access to retirement plans through their employers.
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