BIG news! Yesterday, Washington’s House of Representatives has passed this year’s equal pay bill on a bipartisan vote, which will help us address the pay and opportunity gaps between working men and women in Washington. (And what a perfect way to recognize International Women’s Day!)
This is a HUGE victory, and thanks to the hard-work of grassroots supporters like you. Now House Bill 1506 is heading to the Senate, where we’ll continue to fight to overcome inequality in pay and job opportunities.
You’re probably wondering where we stand on paid family and medical leave, too.
Well, it didn’t make it out of the House today, a critical deadline for most bills, but that’s okay — because it’s so important and related to the state budget, our paid leave proposal (House Bill 1116) has a few extra weeks to pass.
That means we’ll have to keep the pressure on to ensure that Washington workers and families have access to paid family and medical leave.
Here are a couple things you can do this week to help:
- Call your representatives TODAY at 1-800-562-6000, THANK THEM for passing equal pay out of the House, and URGE them to pass House Bill 1116 for paid family and medical leave!
- Attend a local town hall starting this weekend, March 11-12 with your state lawmakers and ask them if they support paid family and medical leave. Click here for more information about a town hall near you? RSVP here and we’ll send you time, location and useful resources!
Take some time to celebrate our success on equal pay in the House — you earned it.
Then let’s get ready to keep marching.
More To Read
February 10, 2023
Thirty Years of FMLA, How Many More Till We Pass Paid Leave for All?
The U.S. is overdue for a federal paid leave policy
December 15, 2022
2023 Legislative Agenda
By strengthening the core pillars of our economy – including child care, health care, educational opportunity, economic security, and our public revenue system – we can diminish economic, racial, and gender inequity.
August 16, 2022
2022 Inflation Reduction Act: A Strong Step Toward Rebuilding our Economy but Families Need More
We applaud the swift passage of this historic legislation and will continue to advocate for investments in the care economy