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Response to the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Annual Report: The Straight Facts on Social Security

Executive Summary Every year, the Social Security Trustees are required by law to project the program’s finances 75 years into the future. Recently, the Trustees released their 2014 report – and their intermediate projection confirms Social Security can easily continue

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts, Social Security

Ladders to opportunity: Carmen

“I pay close to three hundred dollars a month just for medical, that’s not even dental and eye [care].  That’s a big chunk of money. In my son’s situation, with [his] reoccurring illnesses, there’s always labs and tests. I had to take a

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care, Retirement Security

Having a child is good for your career – if you’re a man

Great news! If you’re a man — especially a highly educated White or Latino man in a professional job — having a baby is great for your earnings. Congrats, dads! We’re happy for you. No, really, we are. But what about

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

Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Bellingham

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Bellingham on October 16th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that support working

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

When women win, our economy wins: Vancouver hosts Women’s Economic Security Forum

The Economic Opportunity Institute and Washington Work and Family Coalition are on tour across Washington state to build women’s economic security. Last night, Vancouver joined the list of towns and cities across WA who have hosted a forum on issues

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

Ladders to opportunity: Tara

“I honestly don’t know how I’ll make it, but I can see the long-term goal so it just keeps me working harder.” Tara is a preschool teacher who is also in school, working toward her Bachelor’s degree. The high cost

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity

Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Vancouver

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Vancouver on September 10th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that

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

Our economy is hurting our kids – here’s what we should do about it

The Great Recession didn’t only damage our economy – it also hurt the growth and development of many American kids. During the past quarter century, national and state policies have resulted in numerous positive gains in child health, safety and

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

What recovery? Economic “upturn” means more low-wage jobs for women

While the U.S. has finally regained the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession, those gains have been disproportionately concentrated in low-wage sectors – especially for women. Nationally, more than one in three jobs gained in the recovery by

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

Happy 21st Birthday, FMLA!

Congress improved working conditions for millions of women and families across the nation when they passed the landmark Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) twenty-one years ago. However, today millions of workers are still without access to paid leave and many are

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