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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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Reproductive Rights and Realities on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 21, 2013
When we observe the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, we are celebrating a major milestone in women’s health, equality, and status as citizens. At its core, Roe stands for women’s right to make important decisions about our own lives. This momentous Supreme Court decision protects both...
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Going Over the Fiscal Cliff: Women and Kids First

December 10, 2012
Congress is likely to remain in session until Christmas Eve -- wrangling over the looming sequester and expiration of the Bush tax cuts. The country doesn't have enough money, or doesn't spend it right, or the rich have too much of it, or the middle class doesn't have enough, or the poor get too...
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New York Magazine "Milk Culture" Column Gets it All Wrong; Undermines Women & Babies

December 10, 2012
Breastfeeding: No "culture" required As a woman born, raised and educated in New York City, I take any and all commentary, critiques, songs or even Haikus about my city, very seriously. And I admit, as a journalist with degrees from NYU and Columbia J-School (told you I was a New Yorker), I have an...
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Your Guide to Avoiding Election Day Snafus

November 6, 2012
IT’S HERE! Election Day is today (November 6th!) and it's time to get out there and vote! It can be enough of a challenge just getting to the polls today, but it’s so important. Make sure that you have everything you need this election day to make your voting experience go smoothly. Find out: What'...
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