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States Power the Movement for New Family-Friendly Standards

Why are so many people opposed to local communities deciding what’s best for the health and welfare of their residents? Because these naysayers, fueled by lobbyists and financing from mega corporations, know such reforms lead to change statewide and nationally. Local wins provide living proof that minimum standards like paid sick days and paid family [...]

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Clinton, de Blasio, Speak Out for Paid Sick Days

2014 promises another string of wins for policies like paid sick days that boost the economic security of women, families and the economy overall. Recently two political leaders reminded us of the urgency of our task. On New Year’s Day, Bill de Blasio spoke to a large audience at his inauguration as the 109th mayor [...]

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“Mom-conomy” Takes Over the World

Woe is me! What’s a mother to do in this world? With all of the economic disparity, the craptastic economy and the completely un-mom-friendly corporate culture that keeps us from our littles? Whether single or married, mothers are discriminated against and can’t seem to manage a work-life balance and score equality. This could destroy the family [...]

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The Great Gatsby Curve: A Lesson in Economics

It’s the summer of Gatsby! Everyone is rushing to re-read the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic before heading off to see Leonardo diCaprio in a cool, air-conditioned theater. But the literary classic that shed a little light on the haves and have-nots (albeit fictional ones), has presented an opportunity for the White House to find a [...]

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Workers Have Advice for President Obama

Duncan McTaggart regarded President Barack Obama from 15 feet behind him on the stage. The president delivered a speech to Duncan’s co-workers, his congressional representatives, Baltimore’s mayor, and Maryland’s governor at Baltimore’s Ellicott Dredges plant, one of the oldest dredging equipment companies in the world. McTaggart had just finished introducing Obama to the crowd. Not [...]

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Obama to Class of 2013: Do Better, Dream Bigger

Graduation Day at The Ohio State University is a big deal in Columbus. But when the sitting President of the United States is the commencement speaker? Then it’s a national event. I had the honor of hearing President Obama speak to the Class of 2013. I wondered if he would keep the speech light and [...]

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What Does Passing the Ryan Budget Mean?

Last week, the House of Representatives passed what is known as The Ryan Budget (dun-dun-DUUUNNNN). If the media are to be believed, this document is loaded with tax breaks for the wealthy, boots for kicking the poor over cliffs, and armies of people who will come mock your kittens for being cute. Or something. What [...]

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