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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1273 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1273 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance

January 30, 2015

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Labor Committee on HB 1273 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, January 29, 2015. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a matter of

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The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave: Shelby’s Story

One woman’s story about losing her wages and nearly losing her home when she had to take a short leave to care for her daughter and her dad. Shelby Ramirez – a mother of two, caregiver, full-time worker and student

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Want to fix the U.S.’s ‘Big Baby Problem’? Make having children affordable

The Atlantic recently reported on the U.S.’s ‘Big Baby Problem’. That is, how the U.S.’s record low birth rates will drive down consumption and key economic activity for food, housing and transportation purchases. Just look at this new data from

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Nancy Pelosi and Lilly Ledbetter want to talk

In November, we gathered nearly 300 women and families in Seattle to hear from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, local members of Congress and local advocates on strengthening women’s economic security. On January 29th, the Economic Opportunity Institute, our allies,

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Infographic: A Guide to Paid Sick Days and Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Infographic: A Guide to Paid Sick Days and Family and Medical Leave Insurance

October 25, 2013

Today’s reality: Many workers in Washington now don’t have any source of income when they must take time off for their own health or to care for family. Our infographic shows how paid sick days and Family and Medical Leave

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The silver tsunami is coming – Family and Medical Leave Insurance can help us prepare

How Washington State can get prepared for the “silver tsunami”.

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Big banks the No. 1 welfare recipients ever

Five years ago the wheels came off the financial system in our country. The risk-taking and gambling with other people’s money caught up with the financial giants who ruled the economic roost. This collapse grew out of the 2001 recession.

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Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

April 26, 2013

Welcoming a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times in life when we all need to take significant time off work to care for ourselves or our families. But too many Washington workers

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Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

April 22, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Appropriations Committee on HB 2044, April 22, 2013 Good morning, I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, also speaking also for the Washington Work and Family Coalition, which worked with

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Family and Medical Leave Insurance: Business Voices

Family and Medical Leave Insurance: Business Voices

April 9, 2013

“I try to treat the people who work for me the way I want to be treated. It makes sense to support your people, and they’ll support you – which will gain you market share, which will make you more

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