Labor Project for Working Families

Tough Choices: Keeping a Job vs Caring for Your Body

Felix Trinidad was a hardworking, devoted husband. He was a grocery store worker and union organizer who knew he should get his intense stomach pain checked out but couldn’t take unpaid time off to see a doctor. When he finally

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Fight for Equal Pay!

In the 1940’s, my grandmother organized parents to address the pay disparities between black and white teachers in the Jim Crow south. After years of ignoring their concerns, the Wilson, N.C. Superintendent finally met with them. He explained that white

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Union Dads on Fatherhood and Work

This Father’s Day we asked a few dads the following question: “How has your activism influenced your parenting or family life and how has your family life influenced your activism?” These dads talk about how they strive to show up

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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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It’s Women’s Equality Day – A Union Demand

By Carol Joyner I grew up in a union family; both my parents were public sector workers. Even as a child, I was clear that my family was able to go to the AFSCME DC37 dental clinic because my mother

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Why I’m Standing with Walmart Workers This Black Friday

As a student at University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cantare Davunt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. As a Walmart associate, she’s an activist fighting for decent wages, full-time hours, predictable schedules and dignity at work. Like many college graduates

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Making the Road in New York: A Model for Work-Family Policy Change

In New York City this week, just one day after Mother’s Day, working families and activists gathered to discuss their efforts to really value mothers — through policies that reflect the realities of the 21st Century workforce. The event, hosted

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Balancing Caregiving and Work

Courtesy: Inside E Street, AARP An estimated 42 percent of working Americans say they’ve provided care for an older family member within the past five years. Some of the lucky ones can benefit from the federal Family and Medical Leave

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Why We Need the Family Act

Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (Family Act), a bill that would create an insurance plan to provide paid family and sick leave to every employee. The

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi Rallies Support in Washington State for Women’s Economic Agenda

U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith joined hundreds of workers and parents in Seattle November 25 for a forum on Pelosi’s economic plan: When Women Succeed, America Succeeds. “For too long, women in

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