The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed 30 years ago and guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to working families. Led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the labor movement fought in coalition with women’s, disability, children’s, religious and senior citizens’ groups. After nine years, politicians finally put good policy ahead of party and passed the FMLA with bipartisan support. Working people in the United States have used the FMLA more than 460 million times since then. But we also recognize that the FMLA is a stepping stone—unpaid leave isn’t good enough.
We’re one of the only countries in the world that has no national paid leave.
Working people deserve better. No one should have to choose between a paycheck or their health and family. So we’ll keep fighting—for paid sick leave, for paid parental leave, and for the dignity and respect working families deserve.
Donate to Help Ukrainian Workers and their Families
The Ukrainian people are in grave danger, fighting for their lives as Russians attack innocent civilians. Donate now to support Ukrainian labor organizations providing on-the-ground assistance through the International Trade Union Confederation.
Millions of undocumented immigrants, who are vital to our economic recovery, still live in fear because of our outdated and inhumane immigration system. It’s time to put an end to this injustice. Tell your senators to pass a budget that includes a broad pathway to citizenship.
Make Sure the Needs of Working People Are Met During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The labor movement is working nonstop to ensure workers devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic receive the protections and support needed during this challenging time. Get involved and make sure the needs of working people are heard.