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Paid sick days: Everyone but us (and U.S.)

Crossposted from MomsRising.org: Earlier this year, the nation of Kuwait passed a law ensuring paid leave to all workers in their country, even in their first year of work. In passing this basic, common-sense legislation, Kuwait joined a community of

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

When the recession hit Washington, minimum wage jobs were the first to go

Here’s a question to test your knowledge of recession-time economics. In a downturn, will high-paying jobs outnumber minimum-wage jobs, or the opposite? That’s kind of a trick question. The answer is “both.” Surprised? It gets even more puzzling. There’s a

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

Boxing in the Big Apple: SF Chamber of Commerce delivers knockout blow to opponents of paid sick days

The Wall Street Journal examines a budgetary boxing match between opponents and advocates of legislation to ensure New York City workers can earn paid sick days on the job. The question: How much will it cost? In one corner: the

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Recognizing moms’ contributions at home on Sunday, but denying them the same at work on Monday

Public News Service notes the irony: Over the weekend, working moms might have been treated to cards, flowers and even breakfast in bed. But today, life is back to normal – and for Washington women, that means earning less per

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Sick Days

NPR: Obama Budget Pushes Paid Leave Programs

When citizen delegates from Washington State converged in Washington DC to urge their representatives to take action on paid family leave and paid sick days, Selena Allen, of Tacoma (whose story we’ve profiled before), and EOI Policy Director Marilyn Watkins

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

What Washington’s working moms really need for Mother’s Day: Wage equality and family friendly benefits

More Washington women are primary breadwinners, but their economic progress has stalled out This Sunday, thousands of moms will be recognized and appreciated for all they do. But when they go back to work on Monday, neither their wages nor

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Check, Paid Sick Days

What J. Lo’s “Back-up plan” has to tell us about U.S. economic competitiveness

Eye-catching headline aside, readers can safely skip over the first two paragraphs of Maddy Dychtwald and Christine Larson’s Huffington Post article, in which J. Lo’s latest movie The Back-up Plan is mostly just an entertaining hook. But don’t miss paragraph

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Washington citizens push Congress to take action on paid leave

A group of Washington citizens are just back from a jam-packed 2-day trip to “the other Washington” led by the Economic Opportunity Institute’s Marilyn Watkins, where they urged members of the state’s Congressional delegation to take action on paid family

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

What Washington families could afford without the wage gap

In Washington, a typical woman working full time is paid $37,932 per year, while a similar man is paid $51,272 per year. That’s a gap of $13,340. If full-time working women in Washington were paid the same as their male

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

Happy (Un)Equal Pay Day: Compared to men, Washington women earning 7 days’ pay for every 10 days of work

Imagine working side by side with someone who does the same job as you do. But while your co-worker is paid weekly, you get one week’s pay for every 10 days of work. That’s the reality of working life for

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Health Care, Paid Sick Days
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