It’s February 28. You can now get the flu and not miss a paycheck.

Washingtonians who’ve worked full time since January 1 have earned a full day of sick leave, something previously unavailable to too many residents outside of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. In 2016, voters approved Initiative 1433, increasing the minimum wage and

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Victory for paid family leave in Washington State!

Washingtonians sent tens of thousands of emails and made hundreds of visits to legislators over the past few months with the simple message: a new baby, ailing parent, or cancer diagnosis should not mean financial calamity. On June 30, the

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GOP legislators attempt to undercut WA voters on minimum wage law

In November, Washington voters approved Initiative 1433 to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour ($13.50 by 2020) and allow all workers to earn some paid sick and safe leave. Republican legislators and business groups opposed I-1433. They

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We made history – together. Let’s take the next step.

Washington State has made history. On November 8th, people all across the state voted to pass Initiative 1433, which will guarantee access to paid sick days for all workers and increase our state minimum wage to $13.50. The Economic Opportunity Institute

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Latina Equal Pay Day: Not a day to celebrate

For the past six years of my life I’ve dedicated my professional life to women’s equity issues. I was an instrumental part of a team that helped develop and eventually pass a paid sick days ordinance in Seattle in 2011.

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Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

LONG BEACH, Wash. – Jobs are coming back and incomes are improving across Washington state, but families still are struggling to pay for the basics, according to a new report. The analysis Time for a Raise: Statewide Growth and Washington’s

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Vote for an opportunity economy

You got your ballot in the mail. Now what? Vote!  Our votes up and down the ballot will help shape our state and nation for decades into the future. Among the many important issues and candidates, Initiative 1433 and the

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Workers have earned a better wage, paid sick leave: Support I-1433

The campaign for president is getting most of the media attention this year, but we have other important decisions to make as voters this November. Among the initiatives on the ballot is Initiative 1433, also known as RaiseUp Washington. This

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Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run

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More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

SEATTLE – Kids and families in Washington state have made some progress in the face of poverty rates that have yet to improve, according to the new national 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. Washington is

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