Tag "Worker"

Remember the Iceberg

When I see armed men carrying Nazi flags, raising stiff-arm salutes and spewing anti-Semitic chants, I picture my relatives in the town of Borisov in 1941 as soldiers herded them and the rest of the town’s Jews together and drove

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Beware Phony Flexibility Bill

Politicians aren’t always smart, but they’re often shrewd. Say your party has been drawing a lot of heat and needs to show it’s doing something for working families. You read the polls and see what’s moving on the state and

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Worker Protests Force Puzder Withdrawal

Today’s news that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as the Secretary of Labor nominee shows the power of workers coming together with other activists to make themselves seen and heard. The development comes after weeks of rallies, press events, calls and

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Ari’s Story

“It’s too bad that we have to make that decision . . . are we going to provide emotional stability or financial stability. I don’t think you really should have to pick. It would be great to have paid family leave. I think people really need it.”

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Lindsey’s Story

“The other employees at work [saw] how sick I was and . . . begged my boss to send me home so they wouldn’t end up with bronchitis.”

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Woong’s Story

“I went into work the first day . . . running . . . a 101, 102 degree fever. I was coughing constantly . . . [and found out that] I had the Swine Flu. Who knows how many co-workers and customers I might have infected?”

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Tammie’s Story

“Without [FMLA], I don’t know where our family would be right now. I had the opportunity to take care of my child when she needed it most while also knowing that my job was secure.”

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Toniquia’s Story

“If I actually had access to paid maternity leave, it would have made a huge difference . . . I came back from maternity leave with over $1,000 of [debt for day care].”

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Cindy’s Story

“I recently lost my mother . . . a holocaust survivor [who] ended up dying because [her] home care aide did not have paid sick time.”

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Dr. Jordan’s Story

“We need paid sick days so that people can really take care of their health . . . [one of my diabetic patients] ended up in the Emergency Room three times in one year for a serious infection that could have spread to his blood and killed him . . . because he didn’t have paid sick days.”

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