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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by Calling for the Healthy Families Act

By Ellen Bravo When my husband and I moved to Milwaukee in the early 80s, one of us needed a job with health insurance. I applied to be a word processor at the phone company. It was a union job

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Behind the Polls: Why Voters Want Time to Care

Hila Ritter and her husband in Portland, OR, both work-full time. Yet neither job includes any paid leave. So Hila worked while ill during her pregnancy to hold on to her sick days and saved up her vacation days. Still,

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The Stories Behind the New Work Family Strategy Council Poll

Family Values @ Work Director Ellen Bravo participated in the Work Family Strategy Council press conference on polling numbers. Here is her statement: Behind each poll number is a story of someone trying their best to be a good parent,

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Local Activists Meet National Champions for Paid Sick Days

The poster in the front of the Senate briefing room June 15 heralded a decade of wins paving the way for a national paid sick days standard. And an array of voices demonstrated the pain and the determination behind those

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Minneapolis Will Become First Midwestern City with Paid Sick Days!

by Ellen Bravo Today’s paid sick days victory in Minneapolis is a huge win for Minneapolis workers and will help boost health and safety in that city. This achievement would not have happened without the hard work and persistence of activists

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Superstore Delivers for Paid Leave and Labor

Finally, a prime time TV show depicts what the lack of paid leave looks like for millions of Americans, the ones who stock shelves rather than selling stocks. The show is called “Superstore” and NBC has just renewed it for

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Support Paid Sick Days Requirement for Federal Contractors

Should the federal government require businesses it contracts with to offer paid sick days to their workers? The answer is a resounding yes – and between now and March 28, you have an opportunity to let the Department of Labor

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We Need Laws that Support Our Families: DC Paid Leave Hearing

More than 100 witnesses made a powerful case that now is the time for paid family and medical leave in the nation’s capital.

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Letters to POTUS 2016

Ahead of President Obama’s ultimate SOTU address, FV@W members thank the President for Leading on Leave and share their stories to urge him to continue to do so.

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Honoring 2015 Game Changers

We’ve seen so much progress in 2015 to expand access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave. On November 18 we gathered at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the Game Changers who have helped

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