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We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time!

October is Work and Family Month, and it was packed with events, progress on policy, press conferences and declarations on working families. First the White House Summit on Worker Voice brought together 250 workers, union members, business owners and community

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Please Ask About Paid Leave in the GOP Debate

Voters want to know where the candidates stand on ensuring all of us can spend time with our families, especially when they need care.

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Statement on Paul Ryan ’s Proclamation

Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work, a network of coalitions in 21 states fighting to pass paid sick days and paid family leave policies, released the following statement: “It’s terrific to see a male elected official talking

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Sally’s Story – A Newborn in NICU

I was 30 years old when I became a single mother. For the past few years I have worked as a social worker and administrator for a women’s health center that provides both abortion and birth center services. I felt

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Building the Successful Movement for Paid Sick Days

Over the past five years, a number of cities and states have passed paid (or “earned”) sick days requirements for workers. These victories were hard-won by a passionate and effective grassroots movement. Today, Ellen Bravo (Family Values @ Work), Melissa

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Paid Family Leave: From Political Talking Point to Serious Election Issue

The online headline said it best: “DC could become best place to have a baby, be sick, or have parents.” We may not all bear or raise children, but we all have parents or partners or other loved ones who

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More Marylanders May Gain Paid Sick Days

Working Matters Maryland, a coalition of 140 labor, community and business organizations, hopes to see another 130,000 state residents gain access to earned sick and safe days, this time in Prince George’s County. Three County Council members introduced the bill

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Minneapolis Considers Paid Sick Days to Fight Inequality

The coalition known as #MPLSWorks has been leading the campaign for a Minneapolis Working Families Agenda with a series of large rallies at City Hall, fast food restaurants, a downtown bank and other locations. They’ve convinced the City Council to

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Building Black Women’s Power in Michigan

Mothering Justice and the Black Women’s Roundtable brought nearly 200 women to Wayne State University in Detroit recently to talk about “The State of Black Women in Michigan.” Attendees included recent college grads wanting to get involved in politics, public

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California Expands Paid Family Leave Protections

California’s bill to expand job protection to workers taking leave for a family member is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. SB406 recognizes the diversity of California families, which have the second highest percentage of multi-generational households in

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