The 2019 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action

March 15, 2019 in

The 2019 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action highlighted the work of progressive state legislators across the country who are fighting to put more money in the pockets of working people. More than 300 legislators from 43 states and 115 national and in state partners participated in the week of action! Highlights include: 30 bill introductions 9 […]

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Polling Shows Overwhelming Support for Laws That Help Families Thrive

February 11, 2019 in ,

Recent polls coordinated by SiX in states across the country show that state policies that will help families thrive are overwhelmingly popular. SiX tested support for policies that would ensure equal pay, overtime pay, paid sick leave, paid family leave and childcare funding in North Carolina, Maine, Washington, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado. Those opposed? […]

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The Labor Movement is #FightingforFamilies in Every State

February 8, 2019 in ,

By: AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler In her response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Stacey Abrams encapsulated the sentiment of our current times when she said, “Under the current administration, hard-working Americans are falling behind, living paycheck to paycheck, most without labor unions to protect them from even worse harm.” […]

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While Federal Gridlock Dominates the News, State Legislators are Fighting for Families

February 6, 2019 in , ,

By Jessie Ulibarri, Executive Director of the State Innovation Exchange While many pundits and politicos have been focused on Washington this week, we at the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) are focused on the progressive legislators who are fast at work in state capitols advancing legislation to improve the lives of working families. That is why […]

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Connecting the Dots: How Contraception and Abortion Insurance Coverage Ensures Economic Security for Families

February 9, 2018 in , , , ,

By Agata Pelka The ability to plan, time, and space children is inextricably linked with economic opportunity, stability, and security for women and families. This is no surprise to the majority of women who report using contraception as a means to complete their education, keep or get a job, and to support themselves and their […]

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Fighting for Families Means Improving Access to Long Term Care

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Michigan Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), wrote a guest blog on the importance of supporting our country’s aging population by improving access to long-term care for seniors and ensuring caregivers are paid fair wages.   By Michigan Rep. Jon Hoadley By 2030, Michigan’s senior population will double, meaning that in just over […]

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Unions are Fighting for Families by Supporting Women and Rejecting the Status Quo

February 8, 2018 in , , ,

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Liz Shuler, the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO wrote a guest blog about the importance of women in the labor movement, and how labor unions are helping advance policies at the state level that support working families.   By Liz Shuler Women in the workplace have made […]

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Sexual Harassment Won’t Stop If We Aren’t #FightingForFamilies

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Andrea Johnson, the Senior Counsel for State Policy at the National Women’s Law Center, wrote a guest blog about how legislators can fight for systemic, structural changes in our workplaces to alleviate the gender power imbalances that have allowed sexual harassment to persist.    By Andrea Johnson  From the moment it was announced that the National […]

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Real Info. Smart Policy. Shared Prosperity: Fighting for Families Through Fiscal Policy Analysis

February 7, 2018 in , , ,

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Erica Williams, the Director of State Policy Initiatives with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, wrote a guest blog emphasizing how state governments can move away from tax cuts for the wealthy, and raise and spend tax revenue in ways that profoundly affect families and communities.    By Erica Williams Choices states make about investing […]

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States Won’t Wait for Equal Pay

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Kim Churches, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women wrote a guest blog about the importance of fighting for equal pay for all women coast-to-coast. By Kim Churches   Women and families are hurt by the gender pay gap. Taking home 13 percent, 20 percent, 37 percent, 41 percent, 43 percent, or 46 percent less than a colleague […]

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Fighting for Families Means Fighting for Infrastructure Investment to Create Jobs and Boost Quality of Life

February 6, 2018 in , , , ,

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Tate Hausman, the Executive Director of the Millions of Jobs Coalition, wrote a guest blog on the importance of public infrastructure investment that doesn’t rely on private investment or place an undue burden on state and local governments.     By Tate Hausman  It’s no secret – America’s infrastructure is failing. The crumbling state of our infrastructure earned it […]

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Fighting for Families Through an Allegiance to Public Schools in Tennessee and Nationwide

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Lyn Hoyt, State Alliance Coordinator for the Tennessee Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, wrote a guest blog on the importance of investing and supporting K-12 public schools and advancing local efforts supporting community schools in Tennessee and nationwide.     By Lyn Hoyt  Public schools are the vehicle through which we guarantee all children a free education from kindergarten through 12th grade.  In our collective […]

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Fighting for Families Means Fighting for National Paid Family and Medical Leave

February 5, 2018 in , , , , , ,

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, wrote a guest blog commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and explaining the importance of fighting for a real national paid family and medical leave plan that doesn’t leave anyone behind.  […]

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