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D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

The Council of the District of Columbia not only moved the Universal Paid Leave bill forward on Dec. 6, but restored medical leave to the program. The proposal now includes eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave and two weeks of medical leave, making it one of the nation’s most generous packages of family and medical leave benefits.

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DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

"I sometimes imagine how my life would be different if my mom had the option of paid family leave," says Travis. The District of Columbia resident was born prematurely. Because his mother could not get the time off from work to make necessary hospital visits to care for her fragile son, "She had to give me up to be raised in Florida by other family members."

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Even Superheroes Punch the Clock

Even Superheroes Punch the Clock

Movies have never really been escapist entertainment, and in this election year summer of electoral discontent, no less an authority than New York Times chief critic A.O. Scott recently identified the "grand, overarching themes" of this year’s blockbuster movies: "the problems of management and morale in the modern office."

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Global Labor Film Festival Returns for Fourth Year

Global Labor Film Festival Returns for Fourth Year

Twelve films, eight cities and four countries comprise the fourth annual Global Labor Film Festival. GLFF is organized by labor film festivals around the world who each screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May, chosen because May 1—International Workers’ Day—is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

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3rd Annual Global Labor Film Festival Showcases Workers

3rd Annual Global Labor Film Festival Showcases Workers

Workers’ lives on the silver screen are the focus of this year’s third annual Global Labor Film Festival. In true global solidarity, London viewers will watch the struggle for civil rights in the United States in “Selma,” while Washington viewers will see Welsh miners find solidarity with gay and lesbian supporters in “Pride.” And in New York, they’ll see Irish workers support South Africans struggling against apartheid in “Blood Fruit.”

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Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

The nation’s largest guide for savvy buyers who want to shop where employees are paid livable wages is expanding to the nation’s capital. Labor 411 on Nov. 18 launched its Washington, D.C., online edition (www.labor411.org). The guide allows consumers to pinpoint by neighborhood where their shopping dollars are helping communities the most and, at the same time, avoid retailers that do not treat their workers well. 

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