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Latina Equal Pay Day: Not a day to celebrate

For the past six years of my life I’ve dedicated my professional life to women’s equity issues. I was an instrumental part of a team that helped develop and eventually pass a paid sick days ordinance in Seattle in 2011.

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Workers have earned a better wage, paid sick leave: Support I-1433

The campaign for president is getting most of the media attention this year, but we have other important decisions to make as voters this November. Among the initiatives on the ballot is Initiative 1433, also known as RaiseUp Washington. This

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days

Study: ‘B-minus’ for WA workplace laws concerning expectant and new parents

SEATTLE — The Evergreen State has room for improvement when it comes to protecting working families, according to a new report. The National Partnership for Women and Families gave Washington a “B-minus” grade in a recent study assessing states’ workplace

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Raising wages statewide is a job for We The People

Over the next couple weeks, young people across the region will be graduating with new degrees and high hopes for the future. They are competing for jobs in an economy where the contrast between the the haves and have nots

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It takes a web of public support to keep ourselves healthy

Mention “the web” and many people will think you’re talking about the Internet. But when you’re having a serious medical problem, you see an entirely different network in action. Two weeks ago, as my body tried — at first, in

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Congratulations Oregon! Statewide paid sick leave bill wins final legislative approval

On Friday, Oregon’s state House passed a bill that would require most employers to offer five days of paid sick leave to their employees. If the governor signs it into law as advocates believe she will, it will be the

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They said it couldn’t be done.

We proved them wrong. Today is GiveBIG. Click here to make a gift to EOI. Just a few years ago, having paid sick leave written into law seemed like an impossible dream to many. Congress wouldn’t pass such a bill, and neither

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Every Washington legislator has a mom — so why don’t more of them care about “moms”?

Moms just can’t get a break these days. Data released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, show that having children is one of the worst career moves a woman could make. According to their research, mothers in Washington are

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid sick and safe leave legislative update: February 25, 2015

Everyone occasionally needs to take a few days off – to recover from the flu, tend to a sick child, or take an ailing parent to the doctor. Yet 1 million Washington workers don’t get a single paid sick day,

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A big vote for Washington’s working families on paid sick days, minimum wage coming up

This past week, I heard Lilia, a working mom, testify to legislators in Olympia that even with two jobs, she has to remind her teenage sons to limit themselves to one glass of milk — because she can’t afford to

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