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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Resisting Attacks From Corporate Interests, Advocates in Austin Win Paid Sick Days

February 16, 2018

The Austin City Council approved a paid sick days ordinance this week. When signed into law, the new measure will guarantee paid sick days for more than 210,000 Austinites who currently cannot earn such time.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Celebrating 25 Years of the FMLA With a Resounding Call for Paid Leave for All

February 9, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As this wrap up shows, there is tremendous strength, diversity, passion and clout behind the vibrant movement to win paid family and medical leave for all.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Delays are Destructive: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Need Health Care Funding Now

February 7, 2018 | Health Care

It is my hope that by Super Bowl 2019, I will be able to tell my son that Puerto Rican families have the resources they need to enjoy a Sunday football game, rather than worry about basic necessities and access to affordable health care. We urge Congress to act without further delay.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why Paid Leave Means... Everything

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo

Twenty-five years after we won a national unpaid leave law, it's time to finally win paid leave.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Fighting for Families Means Fighting for National Paid Family and Medical Leave

February 4, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As part of SiX's 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Vicki Shabo comments on the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and importance of a national paid leave plan that doesn't leave anyone behind.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Family and Medical Leave Means a Stronger Nation

Our country is in the midst of an extraordinary, long-overdue moment. In historic ways, women and our allies are coming together to demand change, and guaranteeing paid family and medical leave for all is essential to winning that fight.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Roe at 45: Rising Above the Lies to Realize the Promise of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Forty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed women’s right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, we are still defending that right and working to realize the promise of Roe for millions – especially poor women, young folks and people of color – for whom abortion care remains inaccessible. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Moment, a March and a Movement Poised to Win the Policies Women and Families Need

Many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump's federal government is putting all of us last.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Persistence Pays Off: Maryland Advocates, Lawmakers Secure Nation’s Ninth Statewide Paid Sick Days Law

January 12, 2018

The Maryland legislature voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act this week, which means Maryland will soon become the ninth state with a paid sick days law. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders will gain access to paid sick days.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Censoring Science Is Never a Good Idea

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

Letting politics dictate health policy is outrageous! This is not what the country wants. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Connecting Virginians to the Health Coverage They Need

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

This year, National Partnership staff helped Virginians sign up for health coverage during open enrollment.

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From the desk of ... Lauren Paulk

Engaging Young Texans to Call Out Politicians Who Turn Lies into Laws

December 13, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Last month, our friends at Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s Texas Rising hosted a series of Lies into Laws Forums on college campuses to call out lawmakers who are turning lies into harmful laws. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Federal Proposal Would Take Away Hard-Fought Paid Sick Days Protections

November 3, 2017

Federal lawmakers seek to thwart paid sick days progress and undermine state and local victories through a new bill introduced this week. Contrary to proponents’ claims, the so-called Workflex in the 21st Century Act – H.R. 4219 – would not guarantee paid sick days and could actually make it less certain that working people have the sick time they need.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This Should Never Happen – Not Here

October 25, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement must not be allowed to prevent undocumented immigrant minors from getting the health care they need.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Sexual Harassment: When Laws Aren’t Nearly Enough

October 24, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

If we want to make sexual harassment a rarity, changing the law is important, but not sufficient. We also have to change the culture.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days are Critical for Workers’ Mental Health Too

October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day offers an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is also a reminder of the need to promote policies, such as paid sick days, that would help those living with a mental illness.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
October 6, 2017 | Health Care

Congress: Act now and fund CHIP fully. More than 9 million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

A Marketing Plan Designed to Fail

October 4, 2017 | Health Care

This open enrollment period, we have an obligation to help the more than 28 million people in this country without health insurance sign up.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Hyde Amendment Continues to Punish Our Country’s Most Vulnerable Women

September 29, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

For 41 long years, the Hyde amendment has penalized low-income women by withholding coverage for abortion care from those enrolled in Medicaid. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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