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Congress Is Making Parents Choose Between Time with Kids and Retirement

It’s great that Congress is once again paying attention to the need for time off work to care for family or their own health, but most of us who have fought for paid sick days and paid family leave are

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It’s February 28. You can now get the flu and not miss a paycheck.

Washingtonians who’ve worked full time since January 1 have earned a full day of sick leave, something previously unavailable to too many residents outside of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. In 2016, voters approved Initiative 1433, increasing the minimum wage and

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Victory for paid family leave in Washington State!

Washingtonians sent tens of thousands of emails and made hundreds of visits to legislators over the past few months with the simple message: a new baby, ailing parent, or cancer diagnosis should not mean financial calamity. On June 30, the

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We made history – together. Let’s take the next step.

Washington State has made history. On November 8th, people all across the state voted to pass Initiative 1433, which will guarantee access to paid sick days for all workers and increase our state minimum wage to $13.50. The Economic Opportunity Institute

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You have meaningful decisions to make on your ballot

Have you had your ballot on the kitchen counter — for almost two weeks now — and still not opened it up to vote? Or maybe you forgot where you put it? Or maybe you recycled it, and now don’t

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, EOI, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

Thank you for buckling up with us for Road Trip: Equity Ahead!

With headlights on, seatbelts fastened, and car games ready to go, last Thursday we drove off into the horizon at our annual fundraising event, Road Trip: Equity Ahead! A crowd of over 300 attended in support of the Economic Opportunity

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All Hands on Deck for the Day of Action for Initiative 1433!

Would you consider giving 2.5 hours to ensure that a million Washington workers get paid sick days in 2016? On Saturday, June 4th, 250 volunteers will take to the streets and gather signatures for Initiative 1433’s Day of Action. Together

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Thursday May 19th: Celebrate paid sick and safe leave in Tacoma!

More than 30 cities and states have paid sick days, including Tacoma. It’s time to celebrate – and keep the momentum going! Join us to enjoy cake, share success stories and learn about the statewide effort for paid sick days and

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Proposed federal rules another step toward paid sick days for all

The federal Department of Labor is moving closer to implementing President Obama’s Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. With national paid sick days legislation (the Healthy Families Act) bottled up in the Republican-controlled Congress, it’s an important

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Three issues where your vote will make a big difference this fall

The gender wage gap has multiple causes and manifestations, and no single policy change will solve it. We also are not going to overcome it by waiting for “cultural change” or simply encouraging employers to adopt more women- and family-friendly

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security, Social Security
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