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Report Shows Unions Have Positive Impact on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies
Non-Custodial Parent Community, July 20, 2009

By Rebekah Spicuglia

As Congress prepares to debate the Employee Free Choice Act, a new report from my alma mater, UC Berkeley, shows that unions have a positive impact on family-friendly workplace policies. To download "Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference?" go to UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education or Labor Project for Working Families.

From the report's press release: "Unions have a positive impact on family-friendly workplace policies like paid family leave, paid sick days, family health insurance, and child-care benefits... 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."

The release also notes that "Family-friendly workplace policies are more important than ever before because more families are jugging work and care-giving responsibilities. For example, nearly 25 percent of U.S. households provide care to people aged 50 or older; and 75 percent of children live in families where all parents work."

Some key findings:

"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," said report co-author Netsy Firestein, executive director of the nonprofit Labor Project For Working Families.

To download "Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference?" go to http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu or http://www.working-families.org.

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