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Women's Economic Empowerment Means a Stronger Calif♀rnia

Economic equality, poverty, and child care advocates will join legislators at a press conference today to call for new policies that will help secure women’s economic empowerment in California, and benefit families and communities across the state.

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Statement from Ann O'Leary: Paid Sick and Family Leave Benefits Our Workers and Our Country

The United States is one of only a handful of countries that offers no paid leave for new parents and no paid sick days. Today’s announcement from the federal government—our nation’s largest employer—should spur action throughout the country and lead to passage of the Healthy Families Act, as well as a national paid family leave program, such as the FAMILY Act.

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San Francisco expected to pass first-in-the-nation legislation promoting predictable schedules for hourly workers

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to pass the San Francisco Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance – legislation that will give at least 35,000 hourly workers in the city of San Francisco, who work for major chain-stores, the predictable schedules and regular pay they need to secure their families’ well-being.

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Statement from Ann O’Leary: Child Care Development Block Grant Authorization

Amid the growing sense of stalled progress in our nation’s capital, a rare bipartisan effort this week resulted in the successful passage and signing of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). Last reauthorized in 1996, the bill will provide more than $15 billion over five years for child care programs across the country.

San Francisco needs #SchedulesThatWork

In San Francisco, the first legislation of its kind is currently being considered to increase predictable scheduling among certain retail and food service workers. Although San Francisco currently has the highest minimum wage in the country, it also has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. Nearly a quarter of San Francisco workers are employed part-time and face unpredictable s

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Election Results in Paid Sick Days Wins for Families and Workers

Not only did voters approve measures to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska, Arkansas, Alaska, and South Dakota, but Massachusetts voters also passed a historic measure to guarantee employees access to paid sick days, making it the third state in the country to pass such a law.