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    Today's Labor History

    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Coronavirus essential workers’ rights
    On this week’s show, organizer and union rep John Barry on “Coronavirus ‘essential workers’ have rights too;” ethnographer Candacy Taylor on "Beauty Shop Culture and the Labor of Hairdressing" and Tales from the Reuther Library podcast host Dan Goldner celebrates Frances Perkins’ birthday.
    Last week’s show: Socialists, suffragettes and fear at work

    IWW organizes the 1,700 member crew of the Leviathan, then the world’s largest vessel - 1930


    - David Prosten

    Today's Labor Quote: John Costa

    “We are prepared to take whatever aggressive action is necessary in order to protect our members and their families. Nothing is off the table. Dying is no way to make a living.”

    Costa is president of the Amalgamated Transit Union. The ATU and the Transport Workers Union represent members who operate the majority of bus, subway and streetcar systems across the country, and the two unions earlier this week vowed to take action if system operators don’t better protect their members from COVID-19. 

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  • Wounded Warrior Leave Act
    Posted On: Aug 05, 2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

                 Contact: OPM Office of Communications

           August 4, 2016

              (202) 606-2402 or media@opm.gov

    Newly Established Leave Policy Gives Disabled Veterans

    More Time to Address Medical Issues

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will be issuing final regulations on August 5th to implement the newly created disabled veteran leave category.  Established under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Wounded Warriors Act), disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.  The Wounded Warriors Act established the effective date of implementation one year after passage of the Act, which will be November 5, 2016. 

    “This rule ensures the Federal Government supports our service members who have sacrificed their own health and well-being to serve our country.  We know this is something they need,” said Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert.  “We want these veterans to have sufficient leave during their first year of Federal service in order to take care of any medical issues related to their service-connected disability,” added Cobert.

    Disabled veteran leave is available as a one-time benefit during a 12-month period beginning on an eligible employee’s “first day of employment” and may not exceed 104 hours for a regular full-time employee.  Disabled veteran leave can only be used for undergoing medical treatment of a qualifying service-connected disability, which was incurred or aggravated in the line of active duty.

    Eligible employees must be “hired” on or after November 5, 2016. OPM regulations define the term “hired” to include:

    • Newly hired with no previous Federal service;
    • Reappointed with at least a 90-day break in service; and
    • Military reservists or members of the National Guard who return to duty in their civilian positions after a period of military service

    While current Federal employees who were hired before November 5, 2016 are not eligible for disabled veteran leave, the Federal Government offers a wide range of leave options and workplace flexibilities to assist employees who need to be away from the workplace, including disabled veterans who must take time off from work to receive medical treatment for their service-connected disabilities.   

    In the coming weeks, OPM will be providing an information session to all agencies to ensure they are prepared to implement this new leave category.

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