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Steps You Can Take to Bolster Unions After Janus

John Burbank | July 19, 2018

Many progressives are rightfully worried about the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which enables workers to gain the wages and benefits collectively bargained by unions without contributing dues. It is a public-sector version of “right to work” laws that are in force in 28 states. But we c

Do We Value Pets More than Educating Young Children?

Sarah Clark | July 16, 2018

The high cost of child care is a major stumbling block for parents of young children. In the greater Seattle area, it costs $17,472 annually for infant care and $15,288 for toddlers, which is more that undergraduate in-state tuition at the University of Washington. Even in less expensive markets, such as Yaki

Happy 1st Anniversary for Progressive Revenue in Seattle!

John Burbank | July 10, 2018

One year ago, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the first progressive income tax in our state in 85 years. This tax on incomes in excess of $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for families will produce sufficient revenue – more than $200 million a year – to lower property taxes, provide affordable

America Wasn’t Built in a Day

John Burbank | July 3, 2018

We have had more than a week of devastating news from Washington DC on immigrants, workers, women, consumers, citizens, and non-citizens. Some of us are hoping to take a break from this madness on the Fourth of July, our country’s Independence Day. It’s a day to celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of hap

Introducing Our New Floyd Jones Fellows

Economic Opportunity Institute | June 29, 2018

This year, we’ve started the Floyd Jones fellowship, honoring a man who grew up in dire poverty, as a sharecropper in Arkansas, yet moved to Washington and became an extremely astute and successful financial investor. Floyd did not sit on his wealth. He put it to work for the benefit of others, in both big an

Can You Believe It’s Been a Year Already?

Marilyn Watkins | June 28, 2018

Can you believe it’s been a year already? Thanks to you and so many others, one year ago this week Washington’s Legislature passed Paid Family and Medical Leave. It means starting in January 2020, all  workers in our state will be able to take 12 to 18 weeks of leave to care for a new child, a seriously ill f

When Stressed About Federal Chaos, Focus on What Can Be Accomplished Locally

John Burbank | June 27, 2018

It is easy to get discouraged by the actions of the US Supreme Court in their continued five-to-four assaults on women, immigrants, workers, and consumers. With the next Trumpian Supreme Court nominee, we can only expect that things will get worse. But if we focus on DC, we miss the opportunities in our own b

Gay Men in Washington: Underpaid and Overworked, Hunty!

Matthew Caruchet | June 15, 2018

The Economic Opportunity Institute just released a new report on the gay wage gap in Washington State. Read it here. The Census Bureau doesn’t try to collect data on LGBT people. No administration has made that a priority. But with some charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, we can learn still about queer in

If You’re LGBT, the U.S. Government Doesn’t Care about You. It Doesn’t Even See You.

Matthew Caruchet | June 13, 2018

The Economic Opportunity Institute just released a new report on the gay wage gap in Washington State. Read it here. After same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2015, many Americans came to the well-meaning but misguided conclusion that LGBT people were finally in the eyes of the government. But the A

You Can Now Ask Your Male Coworkers If They’re Being Paid More Than You

Marilyn Watkins | June 7, 2018

You now have the legal right in Washington to talk about wages with coworkers and to ask your boss why you’re paid differently than coworkers or haven’t gotten that promotion you deserve. Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act comes into effect today, guaranteeing this freedom of speech in every workplace

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