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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

America's Working Parents Deserve Paid Leave - Take Action Today!

September 26, 2011 | Work and Family
The arrival of a new child should be a time of pure celebration. Sadly, for millions of working parents without paid leave in this country, the joyous occasion can be short-lived.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Remembering a Major Step toward Equality in the Courts

September 25, 2011 | Judges and Supreme Court
Thirty years ago today, women and girls in every corner of the country watched with pride as Sandra Day O'Connor raised her right hand, took an oath and became the first woman justice on the Supreme Court.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

It’s Official – Seattle Will Guarantee Paid Sick Days!

September 23, 2011

With the stroke of a pen today, Mayor Mike McGinn secured a groundbreaking victory for the people of Seattle.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

In the Works: New Patient Rights

Patients and families may soon have a great opportunity to have more control over - and make improvements in - the health care they receive.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011 | Work and Family
It is an exciting day for Seattle workers. After a tireless campaign that brought together workers, business leaders, lawmakers and advocates like never before, Seattle City Council members voted 8-1 in support of a strong paid sick days standard for the city.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011

It is an exciting day for Seattle workers.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Contagion: Not Just a Movie

September 12, 2011

On the heels of the release of the new blockbuster Contagion — a frightening film about a global flu pandemic — our coalition partner Family Values @ Work has compiled real-life stories about how the flu and other illnesses can spread, particularly when more than 44 million workers in the United States have no paid sick days to use when they become ill or injured.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Paid Sick Days Vital for Grandparents

September 11, 2011

Grandparents provide a critical support system for families — especially in tough times. As caregivers and workers, they are the glue that holds many families together.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fair Pay: What a Difference a Union Makes

September 2, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
On Monday, the country will celebrate Labor Day - a national holiday established to honor the strength of America's workers and its unions. All workers who are in unions benefit from higher wages, better benefits, retirement security and more - but the union difference for today's women is especially striking, particularly when it comes to fair pay.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Connecticut Poll: Paid Sick Days are a Voting Issue

Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a law offering many workers the right to earn paid sick days.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

The Supreme Court's one-two punch: Class actions in the wake of Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T v. Concepcion

With the recent decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court weakened the ability of individuals to band together in class action lawsuits to challenge corporate misconduct.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Keeping the Dream of Full Equality Alive

August 26, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
It's Women's Equality Day - a commemoration of the 19th Amendment and women's steady march toward equality, a tribute to how far we have come, and a reminder of the work still to do.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

A Back to School Call to Action

August 24, 2011

Fall can be a challenging time for any working parent. Summer is over. Kids are headed back to school — and flu season is around the corner.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

The Good, the Bad and the Hope for Breastfeeding Rights

August 22, 2011 | Work and Family
Roughly four million women give birth in the United States every year - and most choose to breastfeed (74 percent). After all, the nutritional value of breast milk is well documented. Numerous studies show that breastfeeding protects mothers and children from a range of acute and chronic health conditions. But with two-thirds of today's working women returning to work within three months of giving birth, the lack of supportive workplace policies and laws is forcing too many nursing mothers to quit breastfeeding early - or never start.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Denver, Seattle Make Headlines on Paid Sick Days

August 12, 2011

Advocates throughout the country are keeping up the drumbeat for paid sick days this summer! Already this month, campaigns in Denver and Seattle have made exciting progress.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Crisis Averted. Now What?

August 2, 2011 | Health Care
The deal is done. Both chambers of Congress have now voted, and President Obama has signed an unprecedented bill into law to avert the immediate catastrophe of a government default. But the country will be living with the consequences of this deal for decades to come.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

220 Reasons That Paid Sick Days Campaigns Will Succeed

Momentum and support for paid sick days policies in this country are growing like never before.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

In Science v. Politics, Science Scores a Win

July 21, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Coast to Coast, Paid Sick Days Activity Continues

July 14, 2011

The busy 2011 legislative season continues with paid sick days activity and excitement on both coasts and in the nation’s capital.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

Cause for Hope in North Carolina

July 12, 2011 | Reproductive Health
Infant mortality rates are widely used in this country and internationally as a barometer of the quality of a community's, or a nation's, health care system - and with good reason.

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