Posted inPolicy Topics

U.S. Senate Republicans use chamber’s undemocratic sixty-vote threshold to deny railroad workers sick leave they need

Sen­ate Repub­li­cans used the cham­ber’s unde­mo­c­ra­t­ic six­ty vote thresh­old to nix a con­cur­rent res­o­lu­tion in Con­gress to require paid sick leave for rail­road work­ers. Demo­c­ra­t­ic and inde­pen­dent sen­a­tors vot­ed for it, but most Repub­li­cans with­held their votes.

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U.S. House votes to adopt railroad labor agreement plus provide workers sick leave

If the Sen­ate signs off on the pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the labor agree­ment, Pres­i­dent Biden could sign the new terms into law and oblig­ate rail­roads to pro­vide sick leave to their work­ers, which they should have sim­ply agreed to do in the first place in nego­ti­a­tions, obvi­at­ing the need for con­gres­sion­al intervention.

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

State House swiftly passes paid family and medical leave bill, sending it to Inslee’s desk

Wash­ing­ton State’s House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly giv­en its back­ing to a land­mark paid fam­i­ly and med­ical leave bill that will bol­ster the eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty and well-being of Wash­ing­ton fam­i­lies. The House took action with­in an hour of hav­ing received the bill from the state Sen­ate, which is extreme­ly fast.