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Paid sick leave helps workers and businesses

I’ll spare you the details — since you’ve likely been through a similarly undignified experience — but a bout of intestinal flu isn’t pretty. Hopefully you were able to do what I did: take a few days off work to

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Paid Sick Days

Voter support clear for wage, leave legislation

The just-concluded elections helped to resolve nothing in our state. We will have a small Republican majority in the state Senate and a small Democratic majority in the state House. They won’t agree on much of anything. Perhaps the Legislature

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

Advocates, working people urge Washington Senate to pass sick and safe leave

Advocates from business, domestic violence prevention, senior citizen services, organized labor and workers from the retail, restaurant and grocery industry came together last week to urge the Washington State Senate to pass paid sick and safe leave. Panelists Monica Bryant,

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Washington, California and Nebraska push for paid sick leave laws

Across the country, cities and states are working to ensure that every working family has access to paid sick days. In Washington, we’re working with small businesses, faith leaders, unions, doctors and moms to pass HB 1313 – a bill

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Tuition freeze small step in right direction

As the Washington legislative session wrapped up, our legislators finally took at least one important step in the right direction. Or rather, they stopped going in the wrong direction. It’s about time. Tuition and fees at the University of Washington

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Will family leave repeal get crammed into budget deal?

Via Washington Work and Family Coalition: Washington’s legislature is moving into its final phase focused on reconciling 3 different versions of the 2013-2015 budget before the April 28 adjournment date. And there’s still a threat that the Senate majority will

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

WA Senate conservatives attack working families, vote to weaken Seattle’s sick days law

The attack on Washington’s families and middle class by Senate Republicans and “Road-Kill” Democrats continued in full force yesterday. Conservative senators passed SB 5726, which waters down Seattle’s sick and safe leave ordinance and restricts similar laws that might be passed by other Washington cities in the future.

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Where’s WA GOP on wage protection?

When you work, you get paid. That’s just common sense. Indeed, if you don’t get paid for your work, you are little better than an indentured servant. And we got rid of that practice, along with slavery, over a 100

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

Jobs, jobs and jobs: Tune in to KUOW at noon for EOI’s analysis of the state jobs bill

EOI Policy Director Marilyn Watkins will be on KUOW’s The Conversation today talking about the proposed jobs bill in the Washington legislature, which would create 23,000 jobs in Washington state. The three part plan “includes $251 million for higher-ed projects;

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