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Will the Tacoma City Council pass the weakest paid sick days law in the nation?

No one should be forced to go to work sick. No one should be forced to stay at work when they have a sick child waiting miserably at school. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland unveiled a paid sick and safe leave

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Post election is good time to count our blessings

Now that the election is over, it is a good time to reflect. We elected these public servants. What do we expect our governments to do, from local fire districts and water districts to libraries to school boards, city councils,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

Seattle Speaks for Itself: D.C. Corporate Group is dead wrong on paid sick leave

Last week, The Seattle Times published an op-ed by Michael Saltsman of the D.C. Employment Policies Institute asserting that a recent EPI study had found Seattle’s paid sick days law was hurting local businesses. As we pointed out at the

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Paid sick days make economic, health sense

A friend of mine ordered a sandwich two weeks ago and by the following Saturday was down with the flu. How did that happen? The worker at the cash register was feeling lousy, sneezing and coughing. And contagious. So my

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Seattle better prepared for severe flu season thanks to paid sick days law

The nationwide flu outbreak has taken a dangerous turn, occurring five weeks earlier than usual and spreading at ten times the typical rate.  As of January 10th, a public health “state of emergency” was declared in Boston as reports have

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For flu prevention, try paid sick days

Ask Adela Valdez how it feels to hear public health experts on TV explain ways to limit a flu outbreak. Get a flu shot, wash your hands, they advise – and if you get the flu, stay home until 24

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Paid sick days status report: Updates from around the country

Progress doesn’t happen in a moment, it happens in a movement – and the movement to safeguard public health and provide basic financial security for workers is picking up steam. Across the country, grassroots organization, civic engagement, and a whole lot of

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Public health’s vital mission compromised

We have a lot of public heroes. We tend to think of the firefighters, EMTs and police who arrive at an accident, save lives, care for the injured, and clean up the mess. But we often ignore some lower profile

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Paid sick days: Healthy, responsible prevention for Washington

Paid time off from work to recover from illness, care for a sick child, or see a doctor is a prerequisite for healthy workers and businesses, public health, family economic security, and even children’s success in school. Yet four in

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Small business owners shun lobbyists, call for “high-road” workplace standards

Business experience, academic research and political muscle are backing calls by small business owners for “high road” business and economic development policies – and policymakers are listening. The recent campaign for paid sick days in Seattle featured local business leaders

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days
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