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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

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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Report Quantifies Paid Sick Days' Value to Working Families

For working families today, paid sick days can mean the difference between staying afloat and being unable to afford basic expenses like food and transportation - and this lifeline comes at minimal or no cost to businesses.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Paid Sick Days Progress – and Possibilities – Sweep the Nation

June 27, 2011

It has been an exciting month in the fight for paid sick days!

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Wal-Mart v. Dukes: A Supreme Blow to Corporate Accountability, the Class Action Vehicle - and Justice

June 27, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
The Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes was deeply disappointing for those who care whether workers can vindicate their statutory rights.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Pursuit of Justice is Not Over

June 20, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the women of Wal-Mart cannot proceed as a group as they challenge the company's discriminatory pay and promotion practices. It was a disappointing day for the women involved in the case and for all of us who are fighting for fair pay and fair opportunities for advancement for America's women. But today's decision is not the end.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Connecticut Makes History

June 4, 2011

Today is a great day for workers in Connecticut, and a day that offers hope to tens of millions of workers throughout the country who cannot now earn paid sick time, no matter how long they hold a job or how solid their work record is.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Time to Support Older Americans and their Caregivers, Not Undermine Them

May 31, 2011 | Work and Family

Respect your elders. Many of us have been given that advice by our parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors for as long as we can remember. So why don't our public policies better address the needs of our country's seniors and their families, and why do some lawmakers seem poised to dismantle the policies that older Americans rely on?

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Connecticut Paid Sick Days Bill Takes a Giant Step Forward

May 25, 2011

Moments ago, the state Senate in Connecticut passed the state’s paid sick days bill, putting an exciting conclusion to debate in the chamber. Connecticut is now poised to become the first state in the nation to establish a paid sick days standard.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

In the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love, A Chance to Stand Up for Working Families

May 23, 2011

Philadelphia’s workers are hoping the city will soon take a critical step toward changing the way workplaces honor families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Seniors in America Today: "Not a Pretty Picture"

Earlier this week, I was privileged to be a part of Volunteers of America's third annual discussion on aging issues. I was on a panel with Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief; Mike King, National President and CEO of Volunteers of America, Inc.; and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. Our topic: How our nation's public policies affect older Americans, especially women.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Paid Sick Days Campaigns Charge Forward

May 12, 2011

Around the country, paid sick days campaigns are making real progress.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

It's Time for a Family Friendly America

May 6, 2011 | Work and Family
Mother's Day. It's a day when we shower the mothers in our lives with well-deserved compliments and gifts that show our appreciation. The heartfelt thanks, expressed in cards, flowers and chocolates, certainly have their place, but mothers today also need something much more lasting - policies that let them meet their own needs and those of their families.

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

Relentless. Deceptive. Dangerous.

May 5, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.

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