Obama Grants 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave to Feds

January 12, 2015

If you stand for “family values,” then you need to walk the talk. President Barack Obama did just that this week when he issued an executive order directing agencies to grant six weeks of advanced paid leave to federal employees to care for a new born or an adopted child, take care of an ill family member, or attend to similar matters. 

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Categories: Workers Rights

Meet Audrey Townsend

November 11, 2014

As a women’s coordinator for AFGE Local 383, Audrey Townsend serves as a spokesperson for all of the female District of Columbia government employees who aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work.

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Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave

November 06, 2014

Voters in Massachusetts, Trenton (NJ), Montclair (NJ), and Oakland (CA) voted to require companies with more than 10 employees to provide paid sick days to workers. Massachusetts this week followed in the footsteps of Connecticut and California when its residents voted to guarantee paid sick leave for workers.

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Categories: Workers Rights

Deaths on the Job in Federal Workforce Increased

October 31, 2014

Fatal work injuries among government employees went up 5% from 453 in 2012 to 476 last year. But the job fatality rate in the federal workforce shot up 19% to 124 during the same period, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs related to national security accounted for most of the fatalities – 75 deaths while the Postal Service accounted for 19.

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Categories: Workers Rights, Labor

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