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Faltering economy hitting Washington’s seniors

Monday’s Yakima Herald-Tribune features once-retired Nancy Richardson, now 70 years old, back on the job hunt after ending her nursing career four years ago to care for ailing family members. “I can’t afford to maintain a separate household,” says Richardson,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Check, Educational Opportunity, Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security

Growing – and sharing – the economic pie

Today’s workers have a lot on their plates. Whether its the cost of food, gas and housing, keeping a steady job in a rapidly changing economy, finding long-term care for parents or daycare for the kids – and for many

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Minimum Wage, Retirement Security, Social Security

Costs soar for seniors – how will the nation respond?

Sunday’s Chicago Tribune features a heartbreaking story about senior citizens playing bingo in the back of a grocery store, hoping for winnings like eggs, chicken, fruit, bread and fresh fish. One of them is 84-year-old Ruth Graves, a retired waitress

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Retirement security, business competitiveness go hand-in-hand with an UVRA

A financially secure retirement is part of the American dream – but about 50% of all working Americans are not covered by a retirement plan at their place of work. Employees of small- and medium- sized businesses are most at

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Family leave and shared prosperity: YOYO vs. WITT

Cognitive dissonance is both a fascinating and terrifying ride. Case in point: responses to Carolyn McConnell’s article in Crosscut.com about Washington’s Family Leave Insurance program. McConnell writes: Two-thirds of comments expressed the same feeling: The legislation is “a token for

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

A better gift for moms on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is about love. But it’s also about flowers. And cards. And apparently, columnists. Dean Calbreath notes in the San Diego Union-Tribune that paid family leave insurance would be perhaps a less personal, but more welcome gift for many

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Sleight-of-hand economics to make even Houdini jealous

This is a bit of trickery that might have made even Houdini jealous. First comes a “nothing up my sleeve” assessment of the dismal state of the economy: We’re still shedding jobs, consumer confidence remains down, and discretionary spending shrinks

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Retirement Security

Response to the 2008 Social Security Trustees Report

Response to the 2008 Social Security Trustees Report

May 1, 2008

Social Security is one of the great accomplishments of the 20th Century. It has made it possible for a majority of Americans to retain middle class status in retirement. It keeps millions of families and children with a disabled or

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Washington Voluntary Accounts: A cure for retirement security

In just the last year, we have seen a mortgage loan crisis, banks failing, and the stock market plunge. It’s no wonder that American’s are concerned about their retirement security. A recent survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts
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