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The Healthy Families Act: Paid Leave Americans Need and Deserve

February 20, 2015
Before getting into teaching, Shalonda Ravenell never considered the issue of paid time off or maternity leave. “As a teacher, the job that you do, you don’t get paid what you’re worth, so you would think that there’s sick leave somewhere for you when you have babies,” said Shalonda, a married mother of two and a business education teacher at a public high school in Florida. “But you don’t get six weeks’ worth of pay [for maternity leave] if you don’t have that time saved up,” she told me. Shalonda isn’t alone. With no federal right to paid sick leave, maternity leave, or paternity leave in...
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My Home As Workplace: Taking the Fair Care Pledge

February 10, 2015
Today, I had one of those mornings. Stubborn kids, messy kitchen; the entire morning routine was running further behind schedule and my blood pressure was on the rise. Sound familiar?
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Happy Anniversary, FMLA!

February 5, 2015
Join us in wishing the Family and Medical Leave Act a happy 22nd anniversary! In this brief video , Carmen Berkley, director of the AFL-CIO Office of Civil, Human and Women's Rights, tells us why the FMLA is important and stresses the need for an additional paid sick leave law. Next week, the Senate will take up a bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to allow millions of workers to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time they could use to care for themselves or a family member. Similar bills are being introduced by state lawmakers all across...
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Who Makes Our Food?

January 27, 2015
More than 100 years ago, after Upton Sinclair worked undercover in Chicago meatpacking plants, he revealed the abuse and exploitation of immigrant workers in the industry—including the tragic story of a worker who fell into a rendering tank. Public reaction to his great book, “ The Jungle ,” forced federal measures to make food safer—but not workers safer. There shouldn’t be any separation between good food and good jobs, because working conditions in the food system are everyone else’s eating conditions. Unions represent workers throughout the food system—farm workers, meat cutters, poultry...
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Stop the Epidemic Flu Outbreak with Paid Sick Days!

January 9, 2015
We're facing a flu outbreak epidemic, but 44 million people in the United States are missing one of our most important tools to fight the flu: paid sick days!
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Is Your Pay Stuck? Let's Fix That.

January 6, 2015
We’ve heard for months that the economy is improving, except for one stubborn problem: workers’ wages aren’t rising the way they should be in a recovery. Productivity goes up, corporate profits go up, CEO pay goes way up—but most working people’s paychecks are stuck. What we haven’t heard as much about is how we can raise wages. The economy is not like the weather—it doesn’t just happen to us, and we don’t have to just sit and wait for it to get better. The leaders we elect make the policy decisions that can fix the economy. Now it’s our job to put enough pressure on them until they actually do.
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Leo McGarry's New Year Advice: Getting Out of the Hole Together

January 4, 2015
The second Friday before Christmas was like most of my days -- essentially -- but with some unique details. I was finishing up the update of my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy , so I was making edits and chasing after approvals from various interviewees in between my double and triple-checks for typos. I also had a call with one of the mothers in the book, Hawaii State Senator Jill Tokuda, who was juggling gingerbread-house making in her older son's classroom with preparing for her new post as Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We talked...
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I will NOT go broke when I get sick.

December 30, 2014
A few years ago, all three of my children got sick with the nasty H1N1 flu. I ended up missing several weeks of work to care for them. I got no sick pay and my husband and I slipped deeper into debt. It took us years to dig out. No parent should have to choose between caring for a seriously ill child and a paycheck or a job.

10 Holiday Gifts That Support Paid Sick Days

December 17, 2014
Let the socially conscious online shopping at businesses that support paid sick days begin!
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Support Walmart Workers

November 24, 2014
Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. And this Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them have to go to work instead of spending the full day with their families.
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