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Dozens Testify for Paid Family Leave in MA, None Against

Dozens of workers showed up at the Massachusetts State House Oct. 27 to testify about the cost to families and the community when working people lack paid family and medical leave. They spoke in favor of The Family and Medical

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Once We Win:  Sharing Strategies for Enforcement

First we win – then we need to make sure the new law becomes familiar and accessible. To improve our success, paid sick days activists have been building strong relationships with agencies charged to enforce the laws. A group of

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Show of Strength for Paid Sick Days in LA

Los Angeles Paid Sick Days activists and street vendors collaborated on a musical joint action at City Hall October 27, calling for a “healthy Los Angeles for all working families.” At noon, rap musicians, horn players, singers and activists with acoustic

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Celebrating Work and Family Month

October was Work and Family Month, and it was packed with events, progress on policy, press conferences and statements 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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Jersey City Expands Its Law and Elizabeth Votes for Paid Sick Days

Elizabeth, New Jersey became the twenty-sixth jurisdiction in the U.S. – and the tenth in New Jersey! – to pass earned sick time when [TK] percent of voters said Yes! to a November 3 ballot initiative. “Tonight is a victory for

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Setting the Record Straight on Paid Leave

As paid family and medical leave insurance gains in visibility, it’s been important to correct misinformation in the media and lift up the benefits of establishing such funds – and the costs of failing to do so. Economist Eileen Appelbaum

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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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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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