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Mothers, Democracy and Hurricane Iselle

August 13, 2014
The following post, with minor modifications, was first featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser as an op-ed last week, right before Hawaii’s state primary. The first sentence of the editorial read: " As this primary season comes to an end.. ." But the primary season did not end on Saturday as...
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Schedules That Work for Workers

August 12, 2014
A few weeks ago, President Obama convened a White House Summit on Working Families, an event attended by national leaders in business and labor. The event was designed to put the issues of working families under a national spotlight. I was proud to participate in this event, representing the AFL-...
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Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers

August 4, 2014
Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families.
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Professor Epstein Wants People to Take Jobs at 2 Cents an Hour

August 2, 2014
Extreme opposition to fair wages knows no bounds - and has proponents in Congress; but in the real world, the Live the Wage challenge shows how badly an increase is needed.
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Are Texas Jails Safe for Pregnant Women? (Updated)

July 30, 2014
What’s going on in Texas? Jails in the state are endangering pregnant women and their fetuses, despite the state’s professed interest in “unborn babies.” In May, a woman named Nicole Guerrero filed a lawsuit against the Wichita County Jail for ignoring her when she was in labor. Locked alone in a...
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Living on $7.25: A Challenge for Us All

July 30, 2014
To highlight just how difficult it is to live on $7.25 – around $15,000 a year for a full-time worker – a host of advocacy groups including MomsRising and the National Employment Law Project (where I work) has issued a challenge: try it.
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NFL is letting a player off the hook for assaulting his wife. Can you take a second to sign and share this petition?

July 28, 2014
People are outraged over the news that the NFL is letting a player off the hook for assaulting his wife. Can you take a second to sign and share this petition?
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Dear Sears and Walmart, About Your Breastfeeding Faux Pas, A New Pilot Project Could Save You (And Others) Millions

July 23, 2014
We all watched with shaking heads this week as a Sears security employee posted screen shots of breastfeeding mothers that he captured from Sears security footage on Twitter. The twitterverse unleashed its fury, citing the obvious concern about violating the privacy of these unsuspecting mothers...
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Patient Advocates Speak Up for Patient Safety

July 17, 2014
Earlier this week over 30 national patient safety advocates signed a letter to Congressional delegates urging that a Congressional Committee on Patient Safety and a National Patient Safety Board be created. Each one of us that signed the letter are a member of Consumers' Union Safe Patient Project...
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