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Member Voices: What Ancient Sparta Taught Me About Motherhood

February 5, 2013
Having a baby is not for the faint of heart. We women put our physical safety on the line to be pregnant and deliver a baby -- even American women, who have access to the most highly educated of medical professionals, the most advanced of medical technologies, and the most gleaming of sterile...
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MomsRising Celebrates and Looks Forward to Expanding on FMLA with Our Partners

February 5, 2013
Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. Legislation that has been used an estimated 100 million times – by moms and dads to take care of new babies, by adult children to care for ailing parents, by husbands and wives to care for a spouse with a serious...
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United Steelworkers Marks 20 Years of FMLA – Statement and Testimonials

February 5, 2013
“In my current career, I have had the blessing and misfortune to use FMLA twice. Once to bring a child into the world, and once to grieve the loss of my eight-year-old son. I am fortunate that my union contract has expanded the benefit beyond the basic requirement of the law, but that expansion...
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Twelve Weeks and Twenty Years: Happy Birthday, Family and Medical Leave Act!

February 5, 2013
On FMLA’s 20th birthday, America should celebrate this critical piece of legislation, which gave millions of workers the right to job-protected, unpaid leave. But we must also recognize how much farther we have to go in creating a workplace that takes into account the caregiving needs of the 21st...
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A Battle for My Rights and My Life: Learning About the Family Medical Leave Act and How to Survive

February 5, 2013
Sharing my story hasn't been easy, but I have faced a lot of battles in my life and this is just one more I know I can conquer. My hope is that by telling my story, as painful as it is, I am able to help other cancer patients who have been harassed or wrongfully terminated by their employer and...
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75 Million Workers Are Counting on Us to Expand on FMLA

February 5, 2013
It took at least ten years of work by unions, women's organizations and other progressive groups. But when the Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law in 1993, it made a big improvement in the lives of working women and men. The Family and Medical Leave Act was an important step forward in...
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Even the Most Committed Workers Need Sick Leave

February 5, 2013
One year ago, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced a proposed rule change: The Flight Crew FMLA Corrections Act. Since that time, we've witnessed the near completion of this correction that will provide peace of mind and real protections for thousands of families. We celebrate the 20th...
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Make FMLA’s Promise Real—Together

February 5, 2013
On Feb. 5, let's celebrate 20 years of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since 1993, the FMLA has been used more than 100 million times, helping 35 million people keep their jobs and health insurance while caring for a family health crisis or a new baby. That's truly something to celebrate...
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Teachers Celebrate FMLA, But Our Work Is Not Yet Done

February 5, 2013
On the Family and Medical Leave Act’s 20th anniversary, it is impossible to overstate the law's value to working families and the dramatic impact it has had on public schools, educators, nurses, public employees and other professionals. Since the FMLA's enactment, more than 50 million workers have...
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Celebrating 20 Years of the Family and Medical Leave Act

February 5, 2013
Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into law. AFSCME is proud of our union's leadership in the fight to pass this historic legislation, which provided job protection for workers and guaranteed unpaid leave for 12 weeks during which workers...
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