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    The Road to Winning Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

    Report | November 11, 2017 | By Marilyn Watkins

    For a PDF version of this report, click here. Late in the evening on June 30, 2017, the Washington State Legislature adopted one of the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) policies. The vote was strongly bipartisan – 37 to 12 in the Senate and 65 to 29 in the House. Breaking rules

    2017 Policy Agenda

    Fact Sheet | February 10, 2017 | By Marilyn Watkins

    The mission of the Economic Opportunity Institute is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families & workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Priorities for Action Paid Family and Medical Leave: At some poi

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

    Issue Brief | November 23, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    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

    Time for a Raise

    Issue Brief | October 20, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Seattle’s job boom may be making headlines, but new data show the economy is growing across Washington state. Employment markets from Spokane to Longview have experienced several years of job growth. In most counties, typical household incomes are also up, while poverty rates are down. But the news is not all

    Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Fact Sheet | September 28, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    A new baby, cancer diagnosis, or dying parent – occasionally we all need to take extended time away from work to care for family or health. California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island have programs to provide all workers with paid leave when a new child arrives in the family or a serious health conditi

    Preserve, Protect, Pass On

    Issue Brief | September 7, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins, Miranda Vargas

    Summary Social Security is a longstanding success of our democratic system. It provides financial security and stable incomes to 60 million Americans directly receiving retirement, disability, or survivor benefits.[i] In Washington state, 29% of households depend on Social Security income.[ii] Social Security

    Every Job a Path to Opportunity

    Report | August 3, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

    Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Issue Brief | May 6, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Establishing universal paid family and medical leave in the United States is critical to restoring economic security for working families and overcoming the entrenched inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too many. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly c

    Equal Pay and Opportunity

    Issue Brief | April 12, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins, Sam Hatzenbeler

    From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more than women. Social scientists and economists have found clear evidence that gender-based discrimination persists – and is so deeply ingrained in culture and practice that it often goes unrecognized. Ensuring th

    Senate’s proposed Equal Pay legislation is a step backward for women, families, communities

    Testimony | February 27, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on ESHB 1646, Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, February 26, 2016 Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, speaking in opposition to the striking amendment on House Bill 1646. Unequal pay is hurting Washington w

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