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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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Advocates Back Paid Sick Leave, But Opponents Won’t Cough It Up

If you’ve ever seen your waiter sneeze, you may have asked for a different server. If you’ve seen one sneeze repeatedly, you might wonder why he’s still at work, serving tainted food. See, most restaurant workers don’t get paid when

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Being a good mom can get you fired

I say, “good mother.” You say, “warm, loving, patient, generous, protecting, wise, how on Earth does she do it” and a whole lot more. The one word that might not pop up in this free association? “Fired.” And yet in

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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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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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Employers Report Modest Use of Paid Sick Days

Maybe you’ve had that early morning moment of anxiety when you wake up with a fever and a cough that won’t stop and you think ‘Should I go to work today?’  If you’re lucky, your employer offers a few paid

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Want to fix the U.S.’s ‘Big Baby Problem’? Make having children affordable

The Atlantic recently reported on the U.S.’s ‘Big Baby Problem’. That is, how the U.S.’s record low birth rates will drive down consumption and key economic activity for food, housing and transportation purchases. Just look at this new data from

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Advocates, working people urge Washington Senate to pass sick and safe leave

Advocates from business, domestic violence prevention, senior citizen services, organized labor and workers from the retail, restaurant and grocery industry came together last week to urge the Washington State Senate to pass paid sick and safe leave. Panelists Monica Bryant,

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Sick and safe leave is a lifeline for workers

By Washington State Representative Roger Freeman Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.  Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five. I was concerned. Not only for

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Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on HB 1313: Paid sick and safe leave

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on HB 1313: Paid sick and safe leave

February 26, 2014

Panelists Monica Bryant, grocery worker Traci Underwood, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Boris Popovic, Main Street Alliance of Washington Panelists Walt Bowen, Washington Senior Lobby Susan Hedman, Macy’s worker Adrienne Thompson, PTE Local 17 Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days
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