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Response to the 2015 Social Security Trustees’ annual report

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security, one of our nation’s most important programs. Social Security ensures working people and their families reliable income to meet their basic needs – in retirement or if the worker dies or

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Equal Pay Opportunity Act passes Washington House!

What’s that sound? It’s the sound of cheers and applause coming from women and their allies across Washington State. Why are we cheering? Because the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1646) just passed the Washington State House, with bipartisan support

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The Equal Pay Opportunity Act: A step toward fair wages for women

By Marilyn Watkins, Ph.D and Sam Hatzenbeler, MPHc 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

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The Equal Pay Opportunity Act

The Equal Pay Opportunity Act

January 22, 2015

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

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The fight for equal pay

Back in 1943, when women flocked into the workforce to help win World War II, Washington State banned paying women less than men for similar work. Now 70 years later, women’s pay still trails behind men’s. Women make up almost

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The “Race to the Top” mentality is creating an economy – and society – where only the winners matter

One of the things I do in the fall is volunteer as a coach for cross country runners at Ballard High School. I usually end up coaching the kids at the end of the pack. That’s how it should be.

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Respect all work – and grow the economy, too: raise the minimum wage

Thirty plus years of trickledown economics hasn’t worked. We need to return to policies that grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.

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Ladders to opportunity: Chris

“I don’t expect to retire—that’s the thing—I expect to keep on working.  I don’t have much saved….I’m worried about it.” Chris, a baby boomer in his 60s, has his roots in Pullman, WA. After leaving Kansas during the dust bowl

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Response to the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Annual Report: The Straight Facts on Social Security

Executive Summary Every year, the Social Security Trustees are required by law to project the program’s finances 75 years into the future. Recently, the Trustees released their 2014 report – and their intermediate projection confirms Social Security can easily continue

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Ladders to opportunity: Carmen

“I pay close to three hundred dollars a month just for medical, that’s not even dental and eye [care].  That’s a big chunk of money. In my son’s situation, with [his] reoccurring illnesses, there’s always labs and tests. I had to take a

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