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Advocates, working people urge Washington Senate to pass sick and safe leave

Advocates from business, domestic violence prevention, senior citizen services, organized labor and workers from the retail, restaurant and grocery industry came together last week to urge the Washington State Senate to pass paid sick and safe leave. Panelists Monica Bryant,

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Sick and safe leave is a lifeline for workers

By Washington State Representative Roger Freeman Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.  Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five. I was concerned. Not only for

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Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on HB 1313: Paid sick and safe leave

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on HB 1313: Paid sick and safe leave

February 26, 2014

Panelists Monica Bryant, grocery worker Traci Underwood, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Boris Popovic, Main Street Alliance of Washington Panelists Walt Bowen, Washington Senior Lobby Susan Hedman, Macy’s worker Adrienne Thompson, PTE Local 17 Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute

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Marilyn Watkins: Support sick and safe leave

Marilyn Watkins: Support sick and safe leave

February 26, 2014

Testimony before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on HB 1313, establishing minimum standards for accrued paid sick and safe leave Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of EOI and the WA Work and Family Coalition, testifying for HB 1313. Paid

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Watch: Lawmakers rally in support of paid sick days

This week, lawmakers in the state House stood with Washington’s working families and passed the legislature’s first paid sick days bill. The bill’s prime sponsor, Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), along with her colleagues shared rousing testimony in support of paid

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State House passes Washington’s first statewide paid sick days bill

Today, the Washington State House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 1313 – a bill establishing minimum standards for earned paid sick and safe time. The bill will protect 1 million Washington workers who do not currently have access to paid

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Washington, California and Nebraska push for paid sick leave laws

Across the country, cities and states are working to ensure that every working family has access to paid sick days. In Washington, we’re working with small businesses, faith leaders, unions, doctors and moms to pass HB 1313 – a bill

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Action Alert: We all need paid sick days

One evening in 2010, Monica’s baby had a seizure. After a frantic call to 911, a terrifying rush to the hospital, and a night spent by her son’s side, Monica had to get to her 7 am shift at a

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Paid sick leave laws and local prosperity

Paid sick leave laws and local prosperity

January 2, 2014

San Francisco adopted paid sick leave legislation in 2006, followed by Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Seattle. In 2013, Portland, OR, New York City, Jersey City, and SeaTac passed new laws entitling workers to paid sick leave and Washington, DC’s council

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WA Senate conservatives attack working families, vote to weaken Seattle’s sick days law

The attack on Washington’s families and middle class by Senate Republicans and “Road-Kill” Democrats continued in full force yesterday. Conservative senators passed SB 5726, which waters down Seattle’s sick and safe leave ordinance and restricts similar laws that might be passed by other Washington cities in the future.

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