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Ladders to opportunity: Amanda

“Ever since I turned 16, I’ve had a job. I’ve always had at least two jobs, so when I lost one, I had another to fall back on until I found another job… I’m so sick of having to work

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Equal Pay, Higher Education, Paid Sick Days

Success in New Jersey! Paid Family Leave: Six Years Later

What happens to businesses after a state implements paid family leave? Do small businesses suffer? Are jobs harmed? Six years after New Jersey became the second state in the United States to approve paid family leave, Dr. Eileen Appelbaum, a

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

Extend California’s paid family leave to the nation

By House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi By helping 1.6 million Californians balance family and work, our state has demonstrated the success of paid family leave – and now it is time for the rest of America to join us. Paid leave

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

Growing Attention on Paid Leave as a Dimension of Inequality

President Obama, in his most recent State of the Union address,  predicted that fighting inequality would be the “defining project of our generation.” The President’s forecast reflects a growing concern among most Americans about rising economic inequality. Conversations about inequality often

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

The Motherhood Penalty

Wonders never cease: I agree with Phyllis Schlafly. Reading the arch-conservative lawyer’s controversial, much discussed April column in the Christian Post made me nearly drop my coffee when this jumped out from the page: “Women with children earn less…” Finally

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

Powerful new video on the national fight for working families

Voices from the Front Lines – a powerful new video from Family Values @ Work – combines a series of real-life vignettes about the struggles of working families across the country. From new moms forced back to work days after

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

Equal Pay for Women Requires Paid Time to Care

As we pause to commemorate Equal Pay Day – the day well into the year when the earnings of women working full time catch up with men’s earnings from the previous year – many people are asking why women earn

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

Gender wage gap robs Washington women of over $10 billion each year

Women and families in Washington and around the nation continue to struggle under an unflinching gender wage-gap. Today, on Equal Pay Day, let’s reflect on what the wage gap means for Washington women and families and what we can do

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

President Obama Calls for Paid Leave Policies

In his most expansive statement yet in support of paid leave policies, President Barack Obama declared that women deserve “workplace policies that protect her right to have a baby without losing her job, [and] to take a day off to

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

Join EOI for a community forum with local leaders working on economic inequality

What’s being done here at home to support working families and broaden the middle class? Join EOI on March 26th at 6:30 p.m. in Seattle to hear about local solutions to economic inequality from the leaders championing them. We’ll be

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days
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