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Washington legislators commemorate Women’s History Month…with dead gender equity bills

While women in other states can celebrate recent strides toward equality, here in Washington our state Legislature marked Women’s History Month by closing down its 2016 regular session on March 10 with bills attacking gender inequity…dead in their tracks. Progress was

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A Long Overdue (Economic) Gift For Our Fathers

Father’s Day generates less sentimental gushing than Mother’s Day. But as this Father’s Day approaches, I’m reminded that just as struggling moms need fair pay and paid family leave a lot more than flowers, fathers need these policies, too –more

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

At this rate, equal pay for women is 43 years away – but we don’t have to sit and wait

April 14 is Equal Pay Day, the day in 2015 the typical woman working full-time in the U.S. catches up to what her male counterpart made in 2014. Congress banned pay discrimination in this country over 50 years ago, but

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Long-term benefits of breastfeeding underscore need for paid family leave

“Prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by improving educational attainment and earning ability.” A recently published study of 6,000 infants in

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

Washington State Work & Family Agenda

Washington State Work & Family Agenda

November 7, 2014

Equal Pay Opportunity Act  Women hold nearly half of all jobs and earn the majority of college degrees, yet the typical woman working full time in Washington earns 80¢ to a man’s $1. On average, Washington women working full time

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Workers, Business Owners, Electeds Travel to White House Summit on Working Families

Local Leaders in the Fight for Paid Sick Days, Family Leave and Equal Pay Bring Campaign to the other Washington Washington workers, business owners and elected leaders will bring experiences from their fight for paid leave and equal pay laws

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

National Momentum Growing for Paid Sick Days

“I was one of those kids who spent the day in the school nurse’s office wishing my mom would come.” Mark is a former elementary school classmate of my son’s who recently interviewed me as part of a mentorship program.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days
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