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Steps You Can Take to Bolster Unions After Janus

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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

Can You Believe It’s Been a Year Already?

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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

Gay Men in Washington: Underpaid and Overworked, Hunty!

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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.

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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

The Gay Pay Gap in Washington and Impacts of Misogyny on LGBT Wages

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Issue Brief | June 11, 2018

For a PDF version of this report, click here. Introduction How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? What’s that lipstick doing on your collar? If a drug store is open 24 hours, why are there locks on the doors? How many LGBT people are there in the United States? Some questions a

Without Census Recognition, LGBT Pay Gap, Inequalities Go Unnoticed

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| June 11, 2018 | Public News Service

New Rights for Workers in Washington Printable Materials

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Fact Sheet | June 10, 2018

These are flyers explaining new rights for workers in Washington that recently came into effect or will come into effect soon. Overview of New Rights Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Family and Medical Leave Business Guide

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

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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

The Bottom Line on Social Security’s Bottom Line

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Aaron Keating | June 6, 2018

The 2018 Social Security Trustees Report is out, weighing in at a somewhat-intimidating 270 pages (!). But if you don’t want to wade through it, here’s the bottom line on Social Security’s bottom line: it’s in good shape – and with a few legislative changes, could be even better. A large (and still growing) s

If We Really Wanted to Celebrate Mothers, We’d Have Policies That Better Supported Them

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| Marilyn Watkins | May 13, 2018 | South Seattle Emerald

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