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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

February 1, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, in opposition to SB 6578 and SSB 6087, before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, February 1, 2016. Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, speaking in opposition to SB

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The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

June 30, 2015

Low wages undermining Tacoma’s families, women, people of color 5% of Tacoma families receiving food stamps had at least one member working, and 25% had 2 or more members working.[1] Of low-wage workers in Washington: 29% are parents with children

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“How a teen minimum wage would have hurt me — and will hurt many young adults here in Washington”

Elissa Goss testifies before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 5421 (teen summer wage) and Senate Bill 5422 (teen training wage), recounting her experience trying to get by on the minimum wage – and explaining why paying

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage), HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation)

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage), HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation)

February 19, 2015

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), and HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation), February 17, 2015: I’m Marilyn Watkins of EOI. Together these 3 bills

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“Teen workers along with everyone else need to receive fair compensation for their labor.”

“Teen workers along with everyone else need to receive fair compensation for their labor.”

February 6, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, speaks before the Washington State Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on SB 5421 (teen summer employment wage) and SB 5422 (temporary teen training wage), February 4, 2015: Good afternoon. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, testifying in

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Minimum wage increases: The justice of redistribution

As we enter 2015, three million low-wage workers in 21 states will gain a small increase in their wages, thanks to increases in state minimum wages. People you know will see a wage increase — your neighbor, your teenage kid, the

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Raising Washington’s minimum wage: A tool to combat growing income inequality

It’s simple math: More money for workers means a stronger economy – period. What happens when we support the lowest-paid workers and families among us? Let us count the ways. With increased pay, families are more able to put food on

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Ladders to opportunity: Sue

“You make $15 ten years ago, you were making really really good money. You make $15 an hour now, and you’re scraping.” Ask Sue about her job history and she’ll tell you she has worked almost every job in the

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Job Creation Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage

A new study from the Center for Economic Policy Research found across-the-board positive effects from minimum wage increases in 13 states: At the beginning of 2014, 13 states increased their minimum wage. Of these 13 states, four passed legislation raising

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A Pragmatic Approach to a Fair Minimum Wage

People who toil away at jobs we all depend on shouldn’t live in poverty. But would a $15 minimum wage work in Seattle? Here’s a look past the rhetoric at what the research shows. Washington’s minimum wage of $9.32 isn’t

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