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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Family and Medical Leave Act Threatened

FAMILY LEAVE THREATENED—The Department of Labor is widely expected to cut back protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that has helped tens of millions of workers since it was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Big business groups—including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers—are pressing to limit workers’ ability to take time off without pay for the birth or adoption of a child and to care for a sick loved one or for their own illness. In its recently released regulatory agenda, the Labor Department said FMLA changes are among its regulatory priorities and could come as early as December. But unions and other groups have urged the Labor Department to keep the current FMLA regulations intact. Read more about corporate attacks on family leave at the AFL-CIO’s Point of View webpage:
http://www.aflcio.org/mediacenter/speakout/ellen_bravo.cfm
and at the following addresses
:http://www.9to5.org
http://www.nationalpartnership.org

1 comment:

JJ Glendenning said...

Once again the Republicans are rolling back the successes of the Democrat. FMLA needs to stay the same. Everyone should understand that not all bosses are nice and some have to be forced to do the right thing.