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Claim: Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Traced to Unions
Central Valley Business Times, July 16, 2009

Unions have a positive impact on family-friendly workplace policies like paid family leave, paid sick days, family health insurance, and child-care benefits, according to a new report released Thursday by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the Labor Project for Working Families.

"As more Americans are struggling to raise and care for their families at the same time they're holding down a job, workplace policies that facilitate a work-family balance are becoming increasingly important," says Jenifer MacGillvary of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and a co-author of the report, Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference?

According to the UC Berkeley report, evidence from the research literature on family-friendly workplaces suggests:

"As Congress prepares to debate the Employee Free Choice Act in coming months, policy makers should understand that unions have helped improve workplace policies for thousands of working families and could do the same things for millions of families if EFCA becomes the law of the land," says report co-author Netsy Firestein, executive director of the nonprofit Labor Project For Working Families.

The research consisted of reviewing and distilling a lengthy list of other studies dealing with the issues. The project was paid for by American Rights at Work, which describes itself as "a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers."

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