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New Rights in Washington Help Working Families Thrive

Washington State has begun implementing new standards to help workers stay healthy and protect their loved ones. These new laws are the result of the activism and collaboration of many individuals, community groups, labor unions, advocacy organizations, business owners, and

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Why Washington Needs Paid Sick Leave

Why Washington Needs Paid Sick Leave

January 13, 2016

1. Everyone gets sick – but 1 million Washington workers don’t get a single day of paid sick leave. Paid sick leave allows ill workers to stay home – away from coworkers and customers – without losing pay. But the

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Local Results of Paid Sick Days Laws

Local Results of Paid Sick Days Laws

January 13, 2016

Research Overview Since San Francisco became the first U.S. jurisdiction to pass paid sick leave in 2006, over 20 additional cities and 4 states have adopted sick leave laws.[i] At least two localities, Washington, DC and New York City, have

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Testimony of Kira Lewis on proposed Spokane Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

Testimony of Kira Lewis on proposed Spokane Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

January 12, 2016

Hi I am Kira Lewis, an RN working as an elementary school nurse. I am here to advocate in support for at least 5 days of earned sick and safe leave for workers in Spokane. In my work, I see

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on proposed Spokane Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on proposed Spokane Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

January 12, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, PhD, Economic Opportunity Institute, before the Spokane City Council, January 11, 2016, Paid Sick and Safe Leave Good evening. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute and the WA Work and Family Coalition. I

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Paid Sick Days and Economic Prosperity

Paid Sick Days and Economic Prosperity

January 8, 2016

Paid sick days help make all jobs economy-building jobs No one should be forced to work sick or when they have a sick child – and most families can’t afford to lose several days’ pay when a nasty virus strikes.

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Seattle’s paid sick and safe time ordinance promotes safer families

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards is highlighting the safe time provisions of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law. You can download new flier about safe time protections to educate your co-workers, family, neighbors,

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Employee Experience with Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave

Employee Experience with Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave

September 2, 2015

In September 2012, Seattle became the third U.S. city to implement a paid sick leave ordinance. By early 2015, more than 20 cities and four states had paid sick leave laws on the books. Seattle’s law requires employers with more

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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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At this rate, equal pay for women is 43 years away – but we don’t have to sit and wait

April 14 is Equal Pay Day, the day in 2015 the typical woman working full-time in the U.S. catches up to what her male counterpart made in 2014. Congress banned pay discrimination in this country over 50 years ago, but

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