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It’s February 28. You can now get the flu and not miss a paycheck.

Washingtonians who’ve worked full time since January 1 have earned a full day of sick leave, something previously unavailable to too many residents outside of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. In 2016, voters approved Initiative 1433, increasing the minimum wage and

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

If the gender pay gap continues to close at its current rate, women will reach pay equity with men in 2059, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women. Called The Simple Truth about the Gender

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

August 3, 2016

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

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

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

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

February 1, 2016

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

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

The cost of higher education in WA hasn’t increased much, but the price has gone up — here’s why

Adjusted for inflation, the total cost of higher education hasn’t changed much since the mid-1990’s. But the state’s share of that cost has dropped like a stone. Tuition and fees have increased to make up for state funding cuts — putting

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

June 30, 2015

Low wages undermining Tacoma’s families, women, people of color 5% of Tacoma families receiving food stamps had at least one member working, and 25% had 2 or more members working.[1] Of low-wage workers in Washington: 29% are parents with children

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Mother is calling on Gov. Inslee to fund paid maternity leave (Video)

Rebecca Valley, a new mom who works as an Administrative Assistant in Everett, is calling on Governor Jay Inslee to fund paid maternity leave. When she gave birth 11 months ago to her daughter Matilda, Rebecca planned to use her

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

Washington Policy Watch: Retirement Security

Washington Policy Watch: Retirement Security What happened, what it means – and what’s next Sometimes it’s hard to “read between the headlines” and really make sense of what’s going on in Olympia. Did we make progress – why? Does next year

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Posted in EOI

The stalemate over Washington state’s budget

The stalemate in Olympia over Washington state’s budget represents an ideological divide that won’t be overcome by negotiators sitting long enough in a room together. And unfortunately, neither side has proposed a budget and revenue package that would actually fully

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

The Racial Equity Team: Addressing racial disparities in legislative policy

The Racial Equity Team is a people of color-led network of community leaders, activists and lobbyists that work to empower communities of color to access their political voice through legislative advocacy. Their purpose is to promote equity of opportunity and

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Posted in EOI
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