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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Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”


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