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The White House Summit on Working Families on Monday brought together labor leaders, businesses, economists, policymakers, advocates and citizens for a conversation on how America can better help families succeed at work and at home.


CWAers joined more than 250 women workers this week at the White House Summit on Working Families.

A CWA delegation, led by AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson and CWA National Women's Committee member Nancy Biagini, joined more than 250 women workers at the summit.

President Obama used the event to push for improvements for working women and their families, including:

  • Directing federal agencies to expand flexible workplace policies.
  • Urging Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would require employers to make accommodations for pregnant women that allow them to keep their jobs.
  • Extending workplace protections so eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.
  • Providing access to child care workers for job training programs.
  • Providing grants to states to conduct research that could support the development or implementation of state paid leave programs.
  • Closing the gender pay gap by expanding women's access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and other non-traditional occupations.
  • Expanding tax credits that support working families.
  • Working with unions and labor management partnerships to expand quality training programs to provide pathways to middle-class jobs.

Read the full fact sheet here. And check out the recap of the first-ever summit here.

And just in time for the event, CWA launched 10 ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt U.S. working families. Read and share our list here.