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How state governments can help small businesses and their employees overcome barriers to starting retirement plans

State government has an interest in supporting citizens saving for retirement; what’s more, the infrastructure to retirement investment much simpler for small and medium sized businesses and for employees is already in place, via the experience of running public retirement

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Why small businesses and workers can’t get into the market for a retirement plan

For a small- or medium-sized business owner, starting a retirement plan can be daunting. The complexity of existing plans makes choosing one a time-consuming and overwhelming process. One of the most difficult decisions is choosing a company to administer the

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Who is – and who isn’t – saving for retirement

Of 158 million workers in the U.S. in 2007, only 52% (81.9 million) worked for an employer or union that sponsored a pension or retirement plan. Overall, just 41.5% of workers – 65.6 million people – were covered by those

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Chart of the week: Minimum wage workers have better education, worse compensation

When the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 this Friday, an estimated 4.5 million of America’s lowest paid workers will receive a raise. It’s an important step in supporting both economic growth and economic security in America. However,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Minimum Wage

Move to South Carolina would cost Boeing dearly

Reprinted from the Everett Herald: Things haven’t exactly worked out for Boeing’s 787 global production strategy. The Chicago-based corporation farmed out the pieces to sites around the world, and then brought them back to Everett to be fitted together. It

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Justice can’t be achieved if we don’t all do our part

From the Everett Herald: Does the arc of the moral universe bend toward justice? Martin Luther King Jr. believed that it did, and so have millions of other people who want to see justice achieved. But justice and injustice are

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Higher Education

More momentum for paid sick days

The idea is simple: Ensure every worker in America has the right to earn paid sick days on the job. Catchy, isn’t it? MarketWatch – the online media group owned by the Wall Street Journal – recently published a great

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Time to stop the wobbling and truly reform health care

From the Seattle Post-Globe: The health care debate is heating up, for good reason. In our state, tens of thousands of people lost their health coverage when they lost their jobs. They will soon be joined by tens of thousands

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Posted in Health Care

Chart of the week: This isn’t your dad’s recession.

Some media outlets have taken to calling our current economic woes “The Great Recession.” Anytime people lose their jobs and businesses close, it causes family and community hardship — recession or not. But how does this recession really stack up

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Moms to U.S. Senate: “We’re Trapped in the Last Century”

From Washington News Service: Washington, DC – Many working families are victims of a corporate culture and public policies that were forged in the middle of the last century, when Dads went to work and Moms cared for the kids

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days
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