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    Today's Labor History

    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Striking Images: Labor on Screen and in the Streets
    Maybe class-conscious films like 2020 Academy Award winners "American Factory" (see trailer below) and "Parasite" are the rule and not the exception. So argues Kathy Newman this week in a fascinating chat with our very own Sherry Linkon who's quickly becoming a genuine LHT rock star!
    Plus, Saul Schniderman on how sales clerk Leura Collins’ decision to buy some chicken led to the Weingarten Rights.
    Last week's show: (2/9): John Sayles on “Matewan,” “Yellow Earth” and more. This is already one of our most popular shows; check it out and you'll hear why!

     

    February 20

    Rally for unemployed becomes major confrontation in Philadelphia, 18 arrested for demanding jobs - 1908

    Thousands of women march to New York’s City Hall demanding relief from exorbitant wartime food prices. Inflation had wiped out any wage gains made by workers, leading to a high level of working class protest during World War I - 1917


    February 21

    A California state law was enacted providing the 8 hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced - 1868

    United Farm Workers of America granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1972

    - David Prosten

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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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