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Terri’s story, or, cancer doesn’t care how responsible you are

Terri did everything right. She and her husband raised three great children – now mostly grown. She was a loyal employee for 14 years and prepared for the future, buying into the short term disability plan her company offered and

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Every Washington legislator has a mom — so why don’t more of them care about “moms”?

Moms just can’t get a break these days. Data released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, show that having children is one of the worst career moves a woman could make. According to their research, mothers in Washington are

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

“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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“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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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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Show WA legislators you support Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave!

Two bills to improve economic security for Washington’s working families are off to a strong start in the 2015 legislature: 1. Paid Sick Days, to ensure everyone working in Washington can earn paid sick days on the job (HB 1356/SB 5306)

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Choosing between your child and your job

When my four-year-old son was recently discharged after undergoing facial reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, many friends and family members asked how I was holding up, how I was handling the stress and lack of sleep and all

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Paid Sick Days

Empowering Women, Building Our Economy – Keynote Address by Marilyn Watkins

2nd Annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration Sponsored by Eastside Democratic Women, August 25, 2013 It’s great to be here today to celebrate the real progress we have made towards women’s equality. But I suspect many of us are also here

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

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

April 26, 2013

Welcoming a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times in life when we all need to take significant time off work to care for ourselves or our families. But too many Washington workers

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Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

April 22, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Appropriations Committee on HB 2044, April 22, 2013 Good morning, I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, also speaking also for the Washington Work and Family Coalition, which worked with

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