Reject SB 5541: Equal work deserves equal pay — regardless of gender, race, or age

Legislators should reject Senate Bill 5541, which proposes lowering the minimum wage for teens in Washington state. Teenagers work for all sorts of reasons, including to pay for college, to support themselves, and to support their families. A recent Urban

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Washington’s immigrants more likely to live in poverty

Earlier this year the U.S. Census Bureau released a report about the more than 10 million non-citizen immigrants under age 35 residing in the United States. The data show more than half of these individuals came to the U.S. as

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On Equal Pay Day, Seattle ranks worst at gender pay equity

New research by the National Partnership for Women and Families puts Seattle at the top of the list for the widest gender wage gap among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. That means Seattle women working full-time, year-round make a

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Paid leave benefits mean much more than a boost for business

Healthy employees make for a healthy business. But paid leave benefits isn’t just about business owners stepping up for economic gain. It’s about helping kids get the best possible start in life – which pays off in the long-run.

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Family and medical leave insurance – the breast bet for kids

Healthcare professionals have long touted the benefits of breastfeeding for the health and development of new babies. Research shows infants who are breastfed have lower incidence of respiratory infections, asthma, eczema, childhood leukemia, Type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, and sudden

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Beyond the Weekend: New data reveals how unions benefit communities, consumers, employers, and employees

You’ve probably seen that bumper sticker that says, “The Labor Movement: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend.” While the sentiment rings true – and not just about the weekend, let’s be clear –  it also evokes a kind of

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On the ground: What life is like at minimum wage in Washington

Despite sound economic research showing that good base wages have positive effects on businesses, workers and the economy, attacks on Washington’s minimum wage surface year after year – 2012 was no exception. On January 31, the House Labor and Workforce

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How Washington’s unemployment insurance program keeps our economy on track

By David Groves | Washington State Labor Council Imagine a company that does business in every county in Washington state, pumping billions in payroll dollars into our economy. Better still, this company is counter-cyclical, ramping up hiring and payroll when

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Your help needed to pass Family Care Act enforcement bill

Cross-posted from the Washington Family Leave Coalition: Since the late 1980’s, Washington’s Family Care Act (FCA) has helped ensure workers can use their paid sick days or other paid time off to care for a sick family member. For the

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Washington state’s workers’ compensation advantage

By David Groves | Washington State Labor Council One of the most persistent myths about Washington state’s business climate is that our workers’ compensation costs are higher than in most other states. The fact that many employers and public policymakers

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