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Our Newsletter | Fall 2014

Now that we know we have some family-friendlier faces in our state legislature (which is excellent, excellent news), we’re looking ahead to the 2015 legislative session where we have the opportunity to partner with our legislators to pass some strong, family-friendly policies. Policies Oregon families desperately need – like paid sick time, equal pay for equal work for women and mothers and people of color, and a more secure retirement (especially for women who retire poorer than men).

But before we jump all the way into 2015, we want to share some recent wins and a few fun events we have planned between now and year’s end. Read our full Fall 2014 Newsletter here: http://www.familyforwardoregon.org/2014/11/our-newsletter-fall-2014/

Join Us for a Film Screening in Pdx | “The Raising of America”

One of our favorite ways to create a public conversation around the policy issues we care about and work to solve is to gather some folks together and watch a movie – especially one followed by an interesting panel discussion.

Which is why we’re so thrilled that a local partner, the Health Equity Circle @ OHSU, is hosting a screening of a new documentary series called The Raising of America. Click here for details: http://www.familyforwardoregon.org/2014/11/join-us-watch-the-raising-of-america/

FFO Wins OPHA’s 2014 “Policy Champion” Award

We’re very proud to win this award presented by the Oregon Public Health Association this fall. The award is for “a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing public health policy in Oregon.” While we are thrilled to accept, we want to also recognize, in turn, the many partners in our sick days coalition who were right there by our side. We couldn’t have accomplished what we did without them.

Great Ideas @ Work | Newsletter for Employers | Summer 2014

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.

Our Newsletter | Summer 2014

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!