Unfinished Business of Family Leave in SF on February 12 & LA on February 13


UB_bokkIn their new book, Unfinished Business, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California’s paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. A February 12 meeting in the Bay Area , will hear from the authors and also from Bay Area community members who are working locally and statewide to expand awareness and our rights to take paid family leave. A February 13 meeting will be held in Los Angeles ((details on both events below after the fold).

Ann O’Leary and Heather Bousey wrote about the bill, “In 2002, California took a historic step by passing the first paid family leave law in the nation. This law has helped 1.6 million people take time away from their jobs for up to six weeks to care for an ill family member or bond with a new child (by birth, foster, or adoption), without the threat of losing their entire income. Nearly every private-sector worker in California contributes a portion of each paycheck to the state disability system, and a small portion of those contributions fund the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program.”

However, as the publisher saysUnfinished Business demonstrates that the California program is well managed and easy to access, but that awareness of its existence remains limited. Moreover, those who need the program’s benefits most urgently—low-wage workers, young workers, immigrants, and disadvantaged minorities—are least likely to know about it. As a result, the long-standing pattern of inequality in access to paid leave has remained largely intact.”

To learn more about the Unfinished Business of family leave in California attend this program in the Bay Area–

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:30–4:30pm
San Francisco Public Library (Doors open at 2:00pm)
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA
Latino Room (proceed down the stairs in the main building)
Light refreshments served

Attend this program in Los Angeles

Thursday, February 13, 2014 6:00–8:00pm
UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles CA
Dinner Served

To RSVP e-mail jenya.cassidy@thenextgeneration.org
For more information, call 415-523-8016

Co-sponsors Bay Area: California Work & Family Coalition, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Equal Rights Advocates.

Co-sponsors Los Angeles:  ROC-LA, UCLA Downtown Labor Center, the ILRE and ACLU So-Cal BreastfeedLA

The California Work & Family Coalition is a project of Next Generation.


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