Flu season peaks this month. Public health officials tell us to stay home at the first sign of fever but millions of American workers can’t afford to take off work and far too many fear that staying home with the flu will cost them their job.
We all need paid sick days.
By Lori Pfingst and Ben Secord --Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report examining the potential impact of raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $10.10 over a three year period. The report largely substantiates growing consensus among economists – that raising the minimum wage would provide a much needed boost to the paychecks of millions of low- to moderate-wage workers across the country.
This morning’s revenue forecast for Washington state shows that economic growth will not generate the additional tax resources needed to fund basic education improvements mandated by the State Supreme Court under the McCleary decision.
On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour.
A group of enthusiastic ACLU-WA activists met at the State Capitol on Tuesday to encourage legislators to support House Bill 1771 and Senate Bill 6172 calling for reasonable, common sense limits to drone use by state and local government agencies.
Students of color, disabled students, and low-income students are all disciplined more often and more harshly than their classmates, despite evidence that they don’t misbehave more often or engage in more troubling behavior.
Mayor Ed Murray will give his inaugural State of the City address on Tuesday. While it’s still unclear whether he’ll mention the push to raise the minimum wage, folks on the local, state, and even federal levels are already talking about it.
Lawmakers in Olympia are currently considering a proposal that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2017.
Then, on Tuesday at Molly Moon’s in Capitol Hill, Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene will join business owners in calling for a raise of the federal minimum wage as well.
As of this week, more than half of the fifty states had already seen their 2013 legislative sessions adjourn. In many of those that are still going, budget debates are front and center as lawmakers race to the finish line. In some states, issues that had previously been pushed to the backburner are back on the front one, in others, major provisions are being inserted into the budget at the midnight hour, and everywhere, final showdowns are shaping up as sessions wind down.
This week, Seattle became the latest city to see strikes by fast-food workers calling for higher wages, following similar actions in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Detroit this year. Echoing the calls of workers in other cities, Seattle workers were demanding the right to organize without employer retaliation as well as higher wages. Washington state currently has the nation's highest minimum wage, at $9.19 an hour.