Pelosi, D-Calif., left behind some big ideas for Washington families to consider - including a campaign called "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds." It combines the issues of equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave and access to affordable child care - all of which affect economic and social health.
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was in Seattle's City Hall on Monday morning to push her agenda for women's rights in the workplace.
Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, a Washington State policy organization, opined that the city should give extra consideration to government contract bids by organizations that practice equal pay and employment of women.
Oregon is trying to deal with this problem with a pilot program in which, instead of paying tuition at a state college, students would, after graduation, pay a percentage of their income back for a limited number of years. The program, "Pay It Forward, Pay It Back," would profit from students who got rich, but it would also allow students to become teachers and social workers without fearing that they will never get out of debt.
Powers took a closer look. She employs 148 employees and realized the impact wouldn’t be as huge as she feared. The accrued time she offered is pretty close to the city’s new requirements. Powers also figured out her bookkeeping software could help her keep track of hours worked in Seattle.
Following in the footsteps of Portland and Seattle among other places, advocates in Tacoma, Washington are moving forward with plans to implement a paid sick leave ordinance. The organization Healthy Tacoma is spearheading the effort and claims to have the support of at least four of the nine-member city council. Councilman Anders Ibsen has indicated that he will introduce the proposal this year.
I’ve been promoting our sick leave program nationwide, via Local Progress, an organization that I founded. Since passing Seattle’s law, Portland, Ore. and New York City have passed their own, joining Connecticut, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. As I write this, from Jersey City to Tacoma, legislators are considering passage of new paid sick and safe leave laws.
After four years of undergraduate education, many college students find themselves discouraged by depleted bank accounts and stacks of student loan debt. But New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Rutgers might soon implement a plan that will allow recent graduates to begin living the American dream without being strangled by student loan debt. He is proposing the University implement Pay It Forward, a program that would allow students to attend college tuition-free.
Workers, businesses and community groups in Tacoma, Wash., have made that Northwest city the latest to mobilize around a paid sick days campaign. Meanwhile, the Washington, D.C., City Council is exploring strengthening the district’s paid sick leave law.
If states are the laboratories of democracy, then what’s happening in Oregon’s lab seems destined to become one of the most controversial higher education experiments of all. Championed by the local branch of the Working Families Party and called Pay It Forward, the plan that came out of Oregon’s Legislature this year directs the state government to develop a program that allows students to attend the state’s public universities without paying tuition — and without racking up tuition-associated debt.
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