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For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 05, 2015

After 22 Years, FMLA Has Proven Value to Working Families

Washington, D.C. — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes issued the following statements on the 22nd anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA):

“As was done with raising the minimum wage and protecting Social Security, unions led the fight for the right of all working Americans to take time off to care for a sick child or parent. In fact, the law has now been used more than 100 million times. That’s a lot of families in need who found solace in this law,” said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders.

“FMLA is needed now more than ever, and we must keep pushing forward so that every working family in this country can benefit from the same protections. Sadly, only one-fifth of all new mothers are covered by FMLA, and it does not currently cover domestic partners or other family members like siblings. We should celebrate this law, but also look to expand it,” said AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes.

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