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Is the privilege of the affluent of Seattle derived from the suffering of the homeless?

Fourteen years ago, the City of Seattle, King County and several other philanthropic and corporate partners embarked upon a bold new approach to end homelessness among families with children. Administered by Building Changes, the Washington Youth and Families Fund aimed

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services

Congratulations on paid sick and safe leave, Spokane!

On Monday, the Spokane City Council passed an ordinance assuring most people working in the city the right to earn paid sick and safe leave starting next year.  The Council voted 6 to 1 for the ordinance. At the start

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

King County vs. Seattle paid family leave: both a step forward, both need improvement

Seattle’s own Erica C. Barnett takes a closer look at recent paid family leave plans passed by Seattle and King County, and finds the city provides as little as four weeks guaranteed time off, while the county guarantees 12 weeks

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Seattle’s paid sick and safe time ordinance promotes safer families

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards is highlighting the safe time provisions of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law. You can download new flier about safe time protections to educate your co-workers, family, neighbors,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Light rail is our best option to meet population boom

Investing in our our transportation infrastructure – especially public transit – helps our whole community thrive. Failing to invest strangles opportunity and amplifies economic inequality. It’s time for Washington’s legislature to act boldly! – Marilyn Watkins, EOI Policy Director Light

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

“Lead on Leave” national road show begins in Seattle April 1st!

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are kicking off a national tour to promote paid leave policies around the country. The Lead on Leave road show starts in Seattle this coming Wednesday April 1st, part of

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

City of Seattle takes a step towards gender equity

Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Jean Godden announced their plan on Monday February 23 to create a paid parental leave benefit for employees of the City of Seattle. “We are the only country in the industrialized world, the only

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

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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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Minimum Wage

Why living wages are important for my workers, business & the community

By Molly Moon Neitzel When I first decided to open an ice cream shop, I knew that one of my goals would be to pay all of my employees a living wage. So I wrote it into my business plan,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

What wage do Washingtonians need to earn to meet basic costs?

There’s a lot of talk about the minimum wage these days. But how much do Washingtonians actually need to earn in order to meet basic costs — and what are basic costs for a single-parent family (as 29% of children

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage
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