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How to truly commemorate Women’s Equality Day

We celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26 – the 95th anniversary of women in the U.S. winning the right to vote. It was not an easy victory. It took 72 years, with a multitude of activists using many tactics,

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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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What good is the “Land of Opportunity” if you’re kept offshore?

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of households face financial strains, are unable to save money and could not withstand a financial emergency. At a time when economic trends are increasingly negative, it seems

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

Equal Pay, Paid Sick/Safe Leave, FAMLI Act Legislative Update: April 1, 2015

Late yesterday, Senator Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, cancelled today’s meeting of the Washington Senate Commerce and Labor Committee which he chairs. Since today, April 1, is “cut-off”, that means that the equal pay, paid sick days, and minimum wage bills heard

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“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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A woman’s work is never done: A new economic agenda

Women’s work is central to our economy. Most households couldn’t make ends meet without women’s income. Yet, women make less than men across every occupation. Because employers find ways to pay women less, families struggle to pay their bills, and

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Paid sick leave helps workers and businesses

I’ll spare you the details — since you’ve likely been through a similarly undignified experience — but a bout of intestinal flu isn’t pretty. Hopefully you were able to do what I did: take a few days off work to

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

Marilyn Watkins: Testimony on House Bill 1356, Paid Sick and Safe Leave

Marilyn Watkins: Testimony on House Bill 1356, Paid Sick and Safe Leave

January 28, 2015

Testimony on HB 1356, Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment, Before the House Labor Committee, January 26, 2015, by Marilyn P. Watkins Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony in favor of House Bill 1356,

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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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Happy Holidays from EOI!

Thank you, to all of you – 2014 has been an outstanding year. From birth to retirement, EOI has been a leader at the local, state and national levels pushing for policy changes to support working families. We’ve seen outrageous success across

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