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Good news for Washington’s workers and economy: Minimum wage to see cost-of-living increase for 2011

A small ray of light broke through Washington’s cloudy economic picture on Friday, with the announcement that the state’s minimum wage will see a 12-cent cost-of-living increase in 2011, per the state’s 1998 voter-approved initiative. A coalition of local community,

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Gregoire mulls scheduled cost of living adjustment for minimum wage

From Public News Service: By Chris Thomas OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has delayed her annual minimum-wage announcement for the upcoming year until this week. The Washington Attorney General, Rob McKenna, believes there hasn’t been enough change in

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Social Security Works: Economic security for Americans now and into the future

Since paying its first benefit check in January of 1940, Social Security has been a bedrock of economic security for millions of American seniors, children, widows and widowers, and disabled workers. Social Security represents the best of American values: rewarding

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Good for business: Paid sick days level the playing field for workers

A report from ABC News examines the salary gap between working women with children and those without kids, finding that women with children earn just 75% of men’s wages (compared to 90% for women without kids) — on average, $11,000

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A Rising Tide: How your neighbor’s paid sick days protect your quality of life — and economic opportunity for all

While “I’ve got mine” is an easy attitude to cop, there’s evidence that getting ahead alone isn’t as beneficial to you as making sure others can do the same. The national discussion over a minimum paid sick days work standard

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Key Facts from the 2010 Social Security Trustee’s Report

Every year, the Social Security Trustees are required by law to project the program’s finances 75 years into the future. Doing so requires making numerous assumptions about productivity, economic growth, wages, fertility, longevity, immigration rates, and other factors. Often thought

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Washington Family Leave Coalition Newsletter | 08.02.2010

Senate Appropriations Committee includes $10 million for state paid family leave programs: In its draft budget, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has included $10 million to help states cover start-up costs for paid family leave programs. It’s not the full

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Status of Washington’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

Status of Washington’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

July 30, 2010

  Working people throughout the United States struggle to meet their responsibilities both to their families and to their jobs. Some collective bargaining agreements and individual companies provide generous paid leave benefits. But many middle and lower income workers have

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Grocery workers’ sick deal

From the Seattle Times: Tasha West-Baker can make you a latte, slice your lunch meat or make you a cake at Safeway. And she could make your entire family ill for days. West-Baker doesn’t get paid sick days from the

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How to cut business costs by adding benefits

It’s no secret that workplace benefits like paid sick days and paid family leave reduce turnover, boost morale and improve workplace productivity. Not only do these benefits also come at a low financial cost to businesses, but employers who offer

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