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State Tax Increases, Spending Could Protect Washington Job Market

Washington State is losing an estimated 44,000 private and public sector jobs due to billions of dollars in state budget cuts in 2009 – and further cuts could axe another 33,600, according to EOI’s latest economic analysis. By contrast, a

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Posted in State Economy, Tax and Budget

In Recession, Wives Are Winning More of Families’ Bread

In 2008, the recession hit construction and manufacturing especially hard, causing unemployment in those largely male-dominated industries to increase dramatically. And retail sales have also experienced widespread layoffs, especially in motor-vehicle related sales and building/garden supply stores which are 79%

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce, Work & Family

News and views: Paid leave; Women in the workplace; Wal-Mart’s sick day policy

Huffington Post -> Paid Leave Makes Horse Sense: Vacations are good for your health. And, you don’t need to get away to any fancy Caribbean retreat to get the benefit of time-off from work. But it helps if you are

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

Is your Senator or Representative a leader on work-family issues?

Halfway through the 111th congressional session, recent headlines have focused almost exclusively on health care reform. But our elected officials have made progress on important work-family legislation as well: The Healthy Families Act (House and Senate) has received overwhelming support.

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Posted in Health Care, Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

Paid Sick Days: Low income workers hit hardest

The U.S. is currently the only developed nation that does not require some paid sick leave for workers. Nearly 40 percent of private sector workers have no paid sick leave, including 78 percent of hotel workers and 85 percent of

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Paid Sick Days: A better business model

Big business organizations have panned the notion of required sick leave, with the Chamber of Commerce saying that “the problem is not nearly as great as some people say,” and the National Association of Manufacturers warning that the Healthy Families

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, State Economy, Work & Family

No sick days for swine flu sufferers

Despite warnings from the CDC, millions Americans can’t afford to stay home when they or their child catches the flu. In this video, ABC News investigates how the H1N1 flu season is affecting students, parents and millions of American workers

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

H1N1 Hearing

Video from a December 4th hearing Washington State House Commerce and Labor Committee hearing. The H1N1 hearing starts about halfway through–I recommend starting at 01:06:18 to hear personal testimony from a restaurant worker. | Watch

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

Want to create jobs? Then create jobs.

An emergency job creation program for the Washington State We’ve got an official unemployment rate of 9.3% here in Washington, and the likelihood of increased unemployment in the coming months.  This understates the actual unemployment and underemployment of workers in

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Posted in State Economy, Tax and Budget

Public sector should get to work on jobs

From the Everett Herald: For anyone who thought we could just elect a new president and magically fix all our problems, the bloom is probably off the rose. Not even one year in, the Obama administration is grappling with fixing

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Posted in State Economy, Tax and Budget, Work & Family
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