[Sayma-Discuss] Fwd: Big Wins for High Road Workplace Legislation

Free Polazzo freepolazzo at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 12:47:16 EDT 2018

Worker owned businesses getting attention in Washington DC.


"No one is free unless everyone is free"


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From: American Sustainable Business Council <replies at asbcouncil.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 12:22 PM
Subject: Big Wins for High Road Workplace Legislation
To: Free Polazzo <freepolazzo at gmail.com>


*Worker Ownership Bill Passes the Senate – Family Leave Bill Introduced in
the House*

Hi Free,

Yesterday the *Main Street Employee Ownership Act* (S. 2786) was passed in
the Senate. Introduced by Senator Gillibrand and 6 additional co-sponsors
this bill is the culmination of many months of hard work by ASBC staff,
members, and allies. It provides funding and technical assistance to help
companies transition to being worker owned. A companion bill introduced by
Representative Velazquez (NY) passed the House of Representatives in May.
We expect these bills will be signed into law; however, our work is not yet
done. We will need your continued support to pass additional legislation
that creates opportunities for worker ownership. *Learn more about ASBC’s
campaign and sign on to show your support

*As many ASBC members are demonstrating, worker ownership is not only good
for employees – it is also good for business and the economy. We want to
thank the ASBC community, which through our Ownership4All campaign, has
helped lead the nationwide movement for worker ownership. The goal is to
advance innovative hybrid ownership models for an inclusive economy in
every workplace sector. In particular, 1Worker1Vote, through its executive
director, co-founder and ASBC board member Michael Peck, also Mondragon’s
USA delegate, has been instrumental in coordinating grassroots organizing
efforts. Other ASBC community members who have dedicated their support to
this campaign include: NRS, New Belgium Brewing, Future State, EILEEN
FISHER, Designing the We, Current-C Energy, Mosaic Creation, U.S.
Federation of Worker Cooperative, The Honest Company, Trillium Asset
Management, Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, Certified Employee-
Owned, SOL Economics, South Mountain Company, and Ibis Communications. *

Thanks to all of our members and partners who work on and support the drive
to pass worker ownership legislation. And pass along your thanks to Senator

*Click to tweet: *Thank you @SenGillibrand for your leadership in promoting
opportunity for all through worker ownership. We support the Main Street
Employee Ownership Act!

Also, last Wednesday, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced
the *Family Medical Leave Modernization Act of 2018* (H.R. 6098). This bill
updates the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) definition of a family, covers
parental involvement leave, and expands the number of employees covered
under the FMLA, our nation’s 25-year-old unpaid leave law.

*While we are working hard to secure paid leave, we welcome improvements to
unpaid leave requirements – especially when they expand its reach. Our
current law, the Family Medical Leave Act, excludes 40% of all employees in
the United States, so it is long past time for expansion. Better high-road
workplace policies are not only good for employees, but as many ASBC member
companies and others have shown, combined with other high-road employment
practices, they are good for businesses and the whole economy.*

Thanks to all our members and partners who have continued to push for
policies that advance high-road practices. We look forward to continuing
our work with you on these critical issues. Please support our campaign for
paid leave

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