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    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

    Testimony | February 1, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, in opposition to SB 6578 and SSB 6087, before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, February 1, 2016. Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, speaking in opposition to SB 6578 and SSB 6087. Washington needs to

    “Proven standards…to protect public health, family economic security, and business prosperity”

    Testimony | February 19, 2015

    Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, testifies before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), and HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation), February 17, 2015: I’m Marilyn Watkins of EOI. Together these 3 bills strengthen o

    “Advancing paid sick days and raising the minimum wage boosts our families and our economy”

    Testimony | February 19, 2015

    Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising.org, testifies before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave) and HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), February 17, 2015: Mr. Chair, and members of the Committee, thank you for having me here today. M

    Testimony by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage)

    Testimony | February 19, 2015

    Testimony of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave) and HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), February 17, 2015: Mr. Chair, and members of the Committee, thank you for having me here today. My name is Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner an

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage), HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation)

    Testimony | February 19, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), and HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation), February 17, 2015: I’m Marilyn Watkins of EOI. Together these 3 bills strengthen our state economy, not

    “Teen workers along with everyone else need to receive fair compensation for their labor.”

    Testimony | February 6, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, speaks before the Washington State Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on SB 5421 (teen summer employment wage) and SB 5422 (temporary teen training wage), February 4, 2015: Good afternoon. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, testifying in op

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on SB 5421 and SB 5422 – teen minimum wage

    Testimony | February 5, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on SB 5421 (teen summer employment wage) and SB 5422 (temporary teen training wage), February 4, 2015: Good afternoon. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, testifying in opposition to SB 542

    Marilyn Watkins: Lowering wages for working teens is the wrong approach

    Testimony | January 30, 2014 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Given before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on SB 6471 Good afternoon. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, testifying in opposition to SB 6471. I applaud the concern of the sponsors for our state’s young people, but lowering wages for working teens is the wrong approach. The

    Support local governments’ right to enact basic workplace standards

    Testimony | January 29, 2014 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute and the Washington Work and Family Coalition here to testify in opposition to SB 6307 and in support of the ability of local governments to enact basic workplace standards, including minimum wages and paid sick leave. Everyone gets sick

    Marilyn Watkins: The minimum wage is not a living wage

    Testimony | February 11, 2011 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Good morning. I am Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. Thank you for allowing me to testify this morning. To  put the discussion in context, I’d like to share some data with you. These data illustrate three key points: Washington’s minimum wage has kept pace with one measure of inflation ov

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