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AFT President Randi Weingarten on Labor and Work Family Rights
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten emphasizes the important role of unions in winning work family rights and creating family friendly workplaces for all workers.
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The Labor Project for Working Families, in partnership with the Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, hosted a landmark event in Washington DC on February 25, 2011 bringing together new leaders from the American labor movement to share Strategies for a Family-Friendly Economy.

See excerpts below of this exciting discussion between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry, Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) President Veda Shook, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) President Larry Hanley.

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Netsy Firestein Netsy Firestein, Executive Director, Labor Project for Working Families Video
in her introductory remarks emphasizes the need to set the bar higher so workers do not have to choose between a paycheck and their family.


Veda Shook Veda Shook, International President, AFA-CWA Video highlights the need to respond to the shifting priorities of the workforce by fostering workplace flexibility.


Mary Kay Henry Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU Video shares examples of organizing and bargaining strategies to address scheduling issues of workers.



Liz Shuler Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO Video addresses the need to adjust traditional work structures to create more flexible workplaces for the next generation of workers.


Larry Hanley Larry Hanley, International President, ATU Video speaks about the work family challenges facing America’s transit workers.


Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California External Link
January 13, 2011
The Labor Project’s Executive Director Netsy Firestein joined national experts and Mary Beth Maxwell from the Department of Labor on a panel to discuss new research on Paid Family Leave in California and opportunities for similar policies at the national level. The event was hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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