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‘Listening tour’ a tone-deaf exercise

Recently the State Senate Early Learning and Education Committee brought their listening tour about K-12 education to Everett. This listening tour has come about as the Legislature has been found in contempt by our state Supreme Court of failing to

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Posted in Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Port of Seattle passes paid parental leave for employees

The Port of Seattle Commission has approved a motion to provide four weeks of paid parental leave for non-represented employees during the 12 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child in the employee’s home – effective

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

Californians add fair pay protections to their list of advantages over other workers

California women now have a better chance at equal pay. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law that both allows employees to freely discuss pay in the workplace and broadens existing pay discrimination laws to cover “substantially similar work.”

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

To end the gender wage gap, we must look at race, too

In the last week, Black women in the U.S. finally caught up to what the typical White man made in 2014. That is, a Black woman in the middle of the income spectrum has to work full-time for nearly 19

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

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

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

“Lead on Leave” national road show begins in Seattle April 1st!

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are kicking off a national tour to promote paid leave policies around the country. The Lead on Leave road show starts in Seattle this coming Wednesday April 1st, part of

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

“What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

“What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

February 6, 2015

Patrick Williams, a soon-to-be dad, has a pointed question for Washington state legislators about when they’ll finally take action on family and medical leave insurance (HB 1273): Full text: “Good morning. My name is Patrick Williams. My wife, Caitlin, and I are eagerly

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

“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

January 30, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, makes the case for family and medical leave insurance (House Bill 1273) to Washington state legislators (Jan. 29, 2015): Full testimony: “Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a

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

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