May 24, 2013

Who CAN afford unpaid leave?

A recent report from the Center for American Progress about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — released on the law’s 20th anniversary in February, 2013 — is a must read because it reminds us that when this law was passed in 1993 it was just a first step towards what was needed then — and now: paid family leave for every working American.  Not unpaid leave available to — but not financially possible for — just 60% of working Americans.

May 22, 2013

Good News: Equal Pay Bill Passes!

Today the Oregon House of Representatives voted 59-0 to pass Senate Bill 744, which requires the state Council on Civil Rights appointed by Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to study wage inequality in Oregon and report findings to the Legislative Assembly.  This report will provide a clear
understanding of the barriers to wage equality in our state and include concrete, state-specific recommendations for improvements.

May 17, 2013

Domestic Worker Rights Bill Moves Ahead

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 the Oregon House of Representatives voted 32-28 to pass a domestic workers’ rights bill sponsored by Rep. Sara Gelser (D-16). The bill, which has now had a first hearing in the Senate, would require people who employ domestic workers to:

May 15, 2013

How to Make the U.S. a Better Place for Caregivers

In 2012, Anne Marie Slaughter write an article in The Atlantic (Why Women Still Can’t Have It All) that exploded on and off the internet, igniting a national dialog about the state of women in the United States, specifically around women and work and family and changes that are needed to make work work for […]

May 15, 2013

Photo Gallery | Mother’s Day of Action

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:

May 13, 2013

On Ending Maternal Poverty in Oregon

In The Oregonian’s Mother’s Day issue, FFO Executive Director Andrea Paluso wrote about our high maternal poverty rates and how we can reduce them. The solutions to maternal poverty are known. In fact, the majority of developed countries around the world have made major progress in addressing maternal and child poverty — the U.S. lags far behind. 

May 8, 2013

Our Mother’s Day Card…for Oregon Legislators

On May 8, 2013 we delivered flowers and Mother’s Day cards to all 90 Oregon state legislators, 30 Senators and 60 Representatives in the House.  It wasn’t just any Mother’s Day card, it was one we specially created to say what we went to Salem to say.  Click here to open it yourself!

May 8, 2013

Caring Across Generations

This Mother’s Day, we’re partnering with Caring Across Generations, a national organization that is working to change the way America cares for seniors, supports people with disabilities, and values caregivers and in-home care workers.  Caring for family members is one of the tenets of our work, and the struggle to do it well while staying economically […]

April 29, 2013

Walmart: Why Good Workplaces Matter

Well that was eye-opening!  Last Sunday we screened the film Walmart: The High Price of Low Cost in Portland and had a very interesting panel conversation afterwards about why it’s important to have good jobs in our community, not just jobs.

A few messages from the film really resonated with us, and we wanted to share them with you.  Maybe you agree?

April 24, 2013

Photo Gallery | Paid Sick Days for Portland

On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to allow all people working in Portland to earn sick time while they work (effective January, 2014). Here are some of the many, many people who made this step forward a reality.

April 19, 2013

Your income, your childcare?

We really like this thought-provoking post from the April 16th New York Times‘ Motherlode blog (which, by the way, is a treasure trove of interesting opinions and facts on modern parenting in America), Why do I think my salary pays for childcare? In it, a new (partnered) mom wonders why she sees it as solely her […]