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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - WA: Livable Wages/Working Families

Washington state lawmakers approved a paid family and medical leave program in 2017. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – The state's paid family and medical leave program is gearing up to give workers time off when they need it most. Starting in January, Washington will become the fifth state to offer comprehensive leave, allowing employees to take up to 12 – and in some cases 18 – weeks

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., joined Washington state groups at a roundtable discussion this week to support a tax credit measure for working families. (SEIU 775)

SEATTLE – Ahead of the 2020 legislative session, a diverse coalition is calling on state lawmakers to fund a working-class tax break. The Working Families Tax Credit, the Evergreen State's version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, would provide an average income boost of $350, mainly f

A report gives Washington state a 'C' grade for its laws protecting consumers from aggressive debt collection. (B-A Graphix/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – A new report says debt collection is pushing families into poverty and needs reform in every state. The National Consumer Law Center released a review of state exemption laws – that is, protections from seizure by creditors for basic items so that people can continue to work

The school bus drivers' union in Renton pushed back against longer hours and won. (Stuart Monk/Adobe Stock)

RENTON, Wash. – School bus drivers in Washington state say unions have helped them receive livable wages and fair working conditions. For the American Federation of Teachers of Washington's local affiliation in Renton, negotiations paid off in its recent contract signing. Renton president

The Tilth Alliance, its Seattle community garden seen above, is bringing together farmers and farmworkers in Yakima this weekend. (CAJC: in the PNW/Flickr)

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washingtonians who work the land to provide their neighbors with food are coming together, as the production season slows down. The 45th annual Tilth Conference starts today in Yakima and the focus is on "growing a resilient future." Erin Murphy, statewide education coordinat

Laura Ingraham has been a host on Fox News since 2017. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Groups are lining up to protest the annual fundraising dinner of the anti-union group Freedom Foundation, which features Fox News host Laura Ingraham this year. MLK Labor, the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Seattle Indivisible are among the groups planning to c

About 60 million workers are subject to forced arbitration clauses, but only 282 won monetary compensation between 2014-2018, according to the American Association for Justice. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE — Tens of millions of workers and consumers have signed agreements to not sue companies and instead settle through arbitration. But a new report says they're more likely to be struck by lightning than to win a case through the so-called forced arbitration process. The American Associ

Tuition at Washington state's four-year universities is more than three times higher than it was five decades ago. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE - College students heading back to Washington classrooms continue to face a challenge their parents likely did not: high tuition costs. Although costs have dipped slightly since 2012, they're still far higher than in 1965. Aaron Keating, managing director of the Economic Opportunity Institu

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