This week, 9to5 and others who believe in common-sense solutions to personal medical and family care needs are celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA ensures that eligible employees may use up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year to care for the birth or adoption of a new child or for their own or a family member’s serious illness, while retaining access to their health care. FMLA was a great starting point, and it’s been used more than 200 million times to benefit U. S. families.
Just a week into his term of office, President Trump signed an executive order ending our country’s Syrian refugee program, suspending visas from seven majority-Muslim countries, and temporarily halting refugee resettlement.
We have news we would like to share with you. Linda Meric will be moving out of her role as 9to5’s Executive Director this summer as she transitions into the next chapter of her life. Over the past dozen years, Linda has led 9to5 with vision, dedication and commitment to our members and mission. She has had a tremendous impact on 9to5 as well as on the broader social justice movement.
While we have a lot more to do to achieve full equity and economic security, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, will only take us backwards, something none of our families can afford.
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