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Paid Family Leave Benefits All Families #FAMILYAct

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

Note: This blog is also set to appear with permission on MomsRising As a California working mother, I join parents and caregivers across the country in applauding the introduction of the FAMILY Act today. As part of an advocacy community that helped pass California’s Paid Family Leave law, I know this is a turning point [...]

Protesting is Not a Crime

Posted October 4th, 2012 by

This story originally appeared in the One Union Mom blog. At the height of Occupy last year, I was talking with a dad at my kids’ school and he said, “Can you believe that some parents take their kids to PROTESTS?” (He didn’t realize he was talking to a union mom whose kids’ hands are [...]

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On Equal Pay Day Let’s Demand Change from Walmart

Posted April 17th, 2012 by

Last week, I talked to a cashier at a Ralph’s grocery store in Orange County, California. She told me she lives with and supports her 82-year-old mother and her disabled 56-year-old sister. She represents a growing group in the United States: a working woman who is head of household and also a family caregiver. But [...]

We Need Jobs and a Voice on the Job

Posted September 15th, 2011 by

When I was in high school and college, I worked in restaurants.  I worked for minimum wage and I worked hard – cleaning, cooking, even counting money and making bank deposits.  I remember my pay going from 3.35 an hour to 3.45 an hour when I made ‘head cashier’ – a job that carried a [...]

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Is There Paternity Leave in Baseball?

Posted May 17th, 2011 by

I’m a baseball fan and a work/family advocate, so I loved the hoopla over the Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis taking paternity leave to attend the birth of his daughter. High-profile fans denounced him in blogs and on the radio for “caring more about being a father than a starting pitcher.” Work/family advocates praised [...]

California Families Benefit from Paid Family Leave

Posted February 2nd, 2011 by

The good news: Since California unions and community organizations helped pass Paid Family Leave legislation in 2002, over one million people have used the program, which provides up to six weeks of partial wage replacement for workers who take time off to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. A [...]

Unions and the Four Hour Work Week

Posted September 3rd, 2010 by

Have you looked at “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timonty Ferriss?  This book is meant for current and would-be entrepreneurs looking to “Escape the 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich.” At first glance, Ferriss’ ideas on generating passive streams of income, mini retirements and remote work from exotic locations might not seem at all [...]

A Collective Solution to a ‘Personal Problem’ – Unions Fight for Paid Sick Days

Posted July 28th, 2010 by

When my son was almost 10, I found out I was pregnant with twin girls. I was excited but a little intimidated. I remembered one newborn being a lot of work – what would two be like? I mentally prepared for double the amount of diaper changes, laundry, bottles and child care costs. But what [...]

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