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September 25, 2011
Decade With Paid Family Leave Has Benefitted CA’s Workers, Businesses, and Health Outcomes
 A Look Back of a Decade with California’s Paid Family Leave Law, Nation’s First Family Leave Insurance Program

January 13, 2011
 New Research Offers Roadmap for Expanding Paid Family Leave at Federal and State Level
 U.S. DOL Joins Panel of National Experts in Call to Expand Popular and Effective Work-Family Practice

January 13, 2011
Paid Family Leave Guide Offers Tips from California for Creating Programs across U.S.
Growing List of States Considering PFL Includes Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon & Pennsylvania

January 11, 2011
REPORT: CA Paid Family Leave a Success with Businesses, Employees
First-ever study of California’s Paid Family Leave system finds widespread approval from businesses & employees across state

July 16, 2009
New Report Shows Unions Have a Positive Impact on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies
As Congress prepares to debate the Employee Free Choice Act, report finds that families benefit from unionization.

April 6, 2009
LEARN WorkFamily – A FREE Online Resource Network for Unions
Network features nation’s only online database of work family contract language

October 15, 2007
Governor Takes a Step Backward

September 25, 2007
Bills that Value Family Ties Await Governor’s Okay

July 6, 2007
Advocate Hail 3-Year Anniversary of Nation’s First Paid Family Leave Program

June 4, 2007
Finding Affordable, Quality Child Care – A Guide for Union Parents

February 20, 2007
Flex Pack – How Unions Can Push for Worker Controlled Flexibility


In The News

January 2013
Rep. Pelosi Celebrates Landmark Ledbetter and FMLA Anniversaries Video
KGO Channel 7, San Francisco, January 29, 2013
September 2012
Paid Family Leave Celebrates 10 Years – Benefits Workers and Employers Audio
California Work & KQED, September 28, 2012
June 2012
California Leads the Nation in Helping New Dads in the Workforce
California Work & Family Coalition, June 15, 2012

Healthcare, Education and Paid Sick Leave for All Americans Audio
Working Family Radio Network, June 11, 2012
May 2012
This Mother’s Day Upgrade California from an A- to an A+
California Work & Family Coalition, May 11, 2012
April 2012
Happy Equal Pay Day!, April 17, 2012

On Equal Pay Day Let’s Demand Change from Walmart, April 17, 2012
March 2012
New Resources to Raise Awareness of California Paid Family Leave, March 16, 2012
November 2011
Making Maternity Rules Count
California Healthline, November 28, 2011

New Research Shows Need for More Outreach on Paid Family Leave
California Work & Family Coalition blog, November 17, 2011
September 2011
We Need Jobs and a Voice on the Job, September 15, 2011
August 2011
Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women, August 25, 2011
July 2011
Connecticut implements paid sick leave: can workers get sick time without hurting small businesses? Audio
Southern California Public Radio, July 7, 2011
June 2011
Spotlight Webcast: Reforming Family and Medical Leave
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, June 16, 2011
May 2011
Is There Paternity Leave in Baseball?
Huffington Post, May 13, 2011
April 2011
Home run call? Local major leaguer chooses family over game
The Bakersfield Californian, April 21, 2011
March 2011
Standing up for a Family Friendly Economy
Huffington Post, March 8, 2011
February 2011
Union Leaders Discuss Workplace Flexibility, Family-Friendly Policies in Bargaining Context
Daily Labor Report, February 28, 2011

U.S. Department of Labor Addresses Workplace Flexibility at Pasadena Conference
Labor’s Edge, February 18, 2011
January 2011
Despite Economic Woes, Sun Shines on California’s Paid Family Leave Program
Sloan Work and Family Research Network, January 26, 2011

Viewpoints: Family Leave Program has Proved its Value, but it Could do More
The Sacramento Bee, January 25, 2011

Study: California Working Families Benefit from Landmark Paid Family Leave Law
Labor’s Edge, January 20, 2011

Guide Offers Lessons from Nation’s First Paid Family Leave Program
AFL-CIO Now Blog, January 16, 2011




Randi Weingarten

AFT President Randi Weingarten on Labor and Work Family Rights
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten emphasizes the important role of unions in winning work family rights and creating family friendly workplaces for all workers.
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The Labor Project for Working Families, in partnership with the Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, hosted a landmark event in Washington DC on February 25, 2011 bringing together new leaders from the American labor movement to shareStrategies for a Family-Friendly Economy.

See excerpts below of this exciting discussion between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry, Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) President Veda Shook, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) PresidentLarry Hanley.

Panel Discussion CompilationPanel Discussion Compilation Video



Netsy FiresteinNetsy Firestein, Executive Director, Labor Project for Working Families Video
in her introductory remarks emphasizes the need to set the bar higher so workers do not have to choose between a paycheck and their family.


Veda ShookVeda Shook, International President, AFA-CWA Video highlights the need to respond to the shifting priorities of the workforce by fostering workplace flexibility.


Mary Kay HenryMary Kay Henry, President, SEIU Video shares examples of organizing and bargaining strategies to address scheduling issues of workers.



Liz ShulerLiz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO Video addresses the need to adjust traditional work structures to create more flexible workplaces for the next generation of workers.


Larry HanleyLarry Hanley, International President, ATU Video speaks about the work family challenges facing America’s transit workers.


Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California External Link
January 13, 2011
The Labor Project’s Executive Director Netsy Firestein joined national experts and Mary Beth Maxwell from the Department of Labor on a panel to discuss new research on Paid Family Leave in California and opportunities for similar policies at the national level. The event was hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.