Video from a December 4th hearing Washington State House Commerce and Labor Committee hearing. The H1N1 hearing starts about halfway through–I recommend starting at 01:06:18 to hear personal testimony from a restaurant worker. | Watch
H1N1 and the recession have focused public attention on the need for new policies that enable all workers to take time off to care for themselves and their families – without undermining family economic security. Here’s what’s going on i... read more
The FIRST Act (Family Income to Respond to Significant Transitions) authorizes $1.5 billion in grant funding to states to seed new programs or to bolster existing paid leave programs. States without an existing program would receive a start-up grant to de... read more
Swine flu is here – how about paid sick days in your city? PLUS: Help get the Healthy Families Act introduced in Congress! Read more in our latest newsletter.
Women’s earnings are essential to economic security for the majority of families in Washington State. Women comprise about half of the state’s workforce. As job losses mount in the second year of the national recession, women’s support of family inc... read more
The first committee hearing on paid family and medical leave is next week! Come down to Olympia next Tuesday morning to watch the action unfold, or watch the hearing live on TVW. Check your local listings, or visit: http://www.tvw.org/. A full house will ... read more
The Washington State Senate now has family and medical leave legislation of its own to consider in the upcoming legislative session. The bill is similar – but not identical – to a House measure introduced earlier this week. Senate Bill 5679 is... read more
Thanks in part to thousands of emails from Coalition member organizations, today family and medical leave insurance (HB 1609) has many more friends in the Washington House of Representatives than it did last Friday. When first submitted, the bill had 6 sp... read more