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Spokane City Council holds firm on commitment to paid sick days

Spokane’s City Council held firm on their commitment to assuring that people working in the city will be able to earn paid sick and safe leave starting next January. Mayor Condon vetoed  the law that passed January 11 with a

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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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Congratulations on paid sick and safe leave, Spokane!

On Monday, the Spokane City Council passed an ordinance assuring most people working in the city the right to earn paid sick and safe leave starting next year.  The Council voted 6 to 1 for the ordinance. At the start

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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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Statewide minimum wage/paid sick leave initiative filed

Proponents of raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding sick leave for low income and working families across Washington today filed a citizen initiative for the 2016 ballot. The coalition, represented by workers, union members, faith leaders and others, submitted legislation

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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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In 2016, let’s work to create a future with better wages, benefits

Is the future something that will happen to us? No, because as citizens in a democracy, we can make choices and put forward ideas that actually shape that future. So in anticipation of 2016, here are some ideas about how

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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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