Five possible reasons your paycheck is smaller than it ought to be

Reason #5: Fewer good choices for jobs. U.S. trade and economic policies are creating more low-wage and high-wage jobs, while hollowing out the job market for middle-class jobs. (Washington Post) Reason #4: You are a woman working in Seattle. Overall, women are paid 77 cents

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Equal Pay, K-12 Education

What happened to middle class wages?

In the 1950s and 60s, the American middle class grew from the “middle out” thanks to government policies encouraging education and home ownership. There was also plenty of demand for American-made goods, as much of Europe’s manufacturing base had been

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Posted in EOI

We All Do Better When We All Do Better

A few days ago, economist Joseph Stiglitz said something quite provocative: “We’ve been shaping our society to create people who are more selfish.” The eye is drawn to the last part, “… create people who are more selfish.” My takeaway

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

New evidence shows CA paid family leave is good for workers and employers alike

New research shows workers and families are benefiting from California’s paid family leave law – and most employers say it’s had either positive effects or no impact on their business. Under California’s first-in-the-nation paid family leave (PFL) program, enacted in 2004, workers

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

Why do paid sick days matter to you? Let’s hear your story!

The Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce is collecting stories about paid sick days, and they want to hear from you. Your contribution will help more people understand why paid sick days are so important in today’s workplace. It’s easy

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days
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