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Geneanne Franklin: An explanation of California’s State Disability Insurance system

Geneanne Franklin: An explanation of California’s State Disability Insurance system

February 5, 2012

State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial, short-term, wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers. SDI provides coverage for two program components: Disability Insurance provides partial wage replacement benefits for up to 52 weeks per claim Paid Family Leave provides partial

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

Washington’s best-in-the-nation minimum wage protects paychecks, boosts economy

On January 1st, Washington’s minimum wage will increase by 37 cents to $9.04 per hour, in line with a voter-approved law that provides for raising the minimum wage as the cost-of-living goes up. That bump – making Washington’s the best

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Women’s economic security at risk from widening wage gap, lack of benefits

A widening gender wage gap, declining workplace benefits, and state budget cuts are putting Washington’s women at risk for more economic instability and poverty in 2012, according to a new report from the Economic Opportunity Institute, Washington’s Working Women 2012.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Equal Pay

Eliminate the Social Security caregiving penalty to boost women’s economic security

By Tatsuko Go Hollo, EOI Intern Women have long been identified as society’s caregivers, and there’s plenty of research to back that up. Not only do women spend twice as much time as men caring for members of the household,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

The real value of Washington’s minimum wage

By EOI Policy Intern Tatsuko Go Hollo The minimum wage just isn’t worth what is used to be. A recent news article points out that while the minimum wage has seen modest increases over the last several decades, inflation has

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New legislation seeks to improve consumer finance protections for homeowners

Over 30,000 Washington homeowners lost their homes in 2009, 37,000 in 2010, and the Associated Press reports that 2011 is projected to be even worse, with 41,100 home foreclosures forecast. Many people could keep their homes if they could get

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Worst wage drop since Great Depression is bad news for American workers — and businesses

The Wall Street Journal reports the bottom has fallen out for American families: wages have taken the worst plunge ever since the Great Depression. Chances are good it will take years, if not decades, for wages to rebound to pre-financial

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, EOI

Social Security: Bedrock of certainty during volatile economic times

How secure is your retirement looking these days? That probably depends on your retirement plan — that is, if you’re lucky enough to have a one. Fewer employers are offering workplace retirement plans – these days, only 59% of full-time

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Marilyn Watkins: Expert declaration on the minimum wage

Marilyn Watkins: Expert declaration on the minimum wage

December 29, 2010

Prior to the passage of I-688, the minimum wage for Washington workers  could only be raised by an act of the legislature or an initiative amending the Washington  minimum wage statute, or if Congress established a higher minimum wage. As

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Reinvigorating America’s middle class means building around Obama and Democrats

From The Nation: Movement building, racial justice, and a recalibration of the progressive movement’s relationship with President Obama is important, as Gara LaMarche and Deepak Bhargava argue, but it isn’t a framework for making progressive ideals a part of actual

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security
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