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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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MomsRising Members Share Their FMLA Stories (Pics included!)

February 5, 2013
Today the Family Medical Leave Act turns 20. Over the last 20 years, FMLA has been used an estimated 100 million times -- giving job protected unpaid leave to employees welcoming a new child, caring for an ailing loved one, or managing their own serious or chronic illness. We asked our members to...
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FMLA Was A Hard-Fought Victory, But There's Much More to Do

February 5, 2013
Today we celebrate 20 years of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This ground-breaking legislation, signed into law by President Clinton, sent a powerful statement across the country about the role our government has in strengthening families. It said loud and clear that above all -- family...
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Celebrating 20 Years of the FMLA

February 5, 2013
TODAY, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), I believe we should take this opportunity to reflect on the incredible impact this legislation has had on millions of working families across our country. From the janitor in Houston taking care of an ailing parent...
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Employer and Employee Experiences of FMLA: Implications of the New Federal Surveys

February 4, 2013
The Department of Labor (DOL) has just released the results of two new surveys on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These are the first surveys conducted by the DOL on the FMLA in over a decade. Released just in time for the 20th anniversary of the passage of the FMLA, the results give us...
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