Welcome to our Summer 2014 Great Ideas @ Work Newsletter! From our national partners to our local colleagues, there is lots to share and learn about flexibility right now. Enjoy — and pass on to your friends and co-workers! Happy Summer.
In addition to figuring out how to work and care for kids who are out of school for 12 weeks this summer (talk about a work-family conflict!), we have lots of plans in the next few months to keep moving Oregon forward towards the more family-friendly place we know it can be.
Already this month we’ve lamented an equal pay day for mothers (it took us till June 12th to catch up with fathers), celebrated father’s day (go dads!), and flown to our nation’s capital city to participate in the White House Summit on Working Families. Which was incredibly inspiring! So many people from all over the country talking about and working toward the same policy changes we are (paid sick time, equal pay for equal work, affordable childcare, paid family and medical leave).
We have a moment on our hands, to be sure, and it’s our job to make the most of it!
On June 23, 2014, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) will hosted a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. Workplaces that make full use of the talented pool of American workers are essential – to a thriving and healthy economy, to enable businesses to stay competitive in today’s global economy, and to help all workers ensure the economic stability of their families.
On June 23, 2014, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) will host a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. You’re invited to join us in Portland on June 11, 2014 to learn about new polling and these issues and the local, state and national efforts to improve our work-family policies. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because when women succeed, America succeeds!
Announcing: An opportunity to get more involved with our work at Family Forward Oregon! We’re hosting a volunteer training later this month and want you to be there. We’re looking for volunteers to help us with a range of jobs, including outreach, advocacy, and more. It’s a great way to get off the sidelines – and we really hope you can make it.
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On May 8, 2013 a group of Oregon mothers – and others! – gathered in our state capitol in Salem to deliver flowers and Mother’s day cards to all 90 of our state legislators and the Governor. Why? Because that’s what we get every year on Mother’s Day — yet we need far more than flowers to survive and thrive as mothers (click here to see an online version of the card we delivered and here for a fact sheet that spells out what moms need and why we need it). Here are some great pics of our first (and very floral) Mother’s Day of Action: