America Needs Paid Leave

From the AFL-CIO

This week, America’s union movement celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows millions of working people to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for sick or injured loved ones without the fear of being fired. The AFL-CIO salutes the activists who pushed Congress for a decade to pass the bill in 1993 and urges more action to expand paid leave today.

  • America needs paid leave because one major life event that demands a worker take time off to care for a sick child or spouse can destroy a family’s economic security and throw people into homelessness and chaos.
  • Paid leave policies already are working at the state level by helping millions of families juggle the competing demands of work and family at a very modest cost, which may even be offset by savings.
  • Everyone benefits from paid leave. Mothers, fathers, children and caregivers all benefit from paid leave.
  • Paid leave helps businesses by making the benefit more affordable, decreasing staff turnover and raising morale.

         * 87%: The percentage of California businesses that said the state’s paid leave policy costs no extra money to administer, while also producing savings because of decreased employee turnover.


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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”


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