Welcome to the Washington Work and Family Coalition website.

The Washington Work and Family Coalition is made up by individuals, small business owners, unions, community, faith, senior, and women’s groups and other grassroots organizations working to promote policies for healthy Washington families and a healthy economy.

We engage in public policies based on core principles that support families:

· insuring that every child has a solid foundation during the first months of life

· promote family economic security across income levels, race, and gender

· being inclusive by listening to those most impact acted by our policies, including business, families and individuals.

The hard work of the coalition has resulted in exciting policies in Washington State. It has been a full year since our coalition of moms and dads, small business owners, health experts and other advocates across Washington successfully advocated for a paid family and medical leave law. It was in July 2017 when our Governor Jay Inslee signed law for Washington families.

The coalition has also been busy advocating for equal pay for women. Starting June of this year workers can feel safe conversing with their co-workers about their salaries.

Our work continues. In the first half of 2018, we’ve been actively working in tandem with our partners and state administrators to ensure the policy is implemented to achieve its intended goals.

We’ve worked on rule making guidelines, outreach development strategies and design of the new online application tool.

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Dr. Amanda Jacobsen, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, knows that our paid family and medical leave proposal would provide better health outcomes for Washington families. The competing proposal doesn't provide enough leave, according to Dr. Jacobsen, the WA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the more than 1,000 Washington pediatricians it represents. You can watch more videos here.