Benjamin Ryan, contributing writer for The Nation spoke with America’s Work Force on August 15 to discuss the lack of paid leave in the United States.
Ryan talked about paid family leave and how it is necessary in order to maintain the health of the baby, and the worker. He said that a lot of people who do not receive paid family leave, or enough of it, are less inclined to take time off to care for themselves and their baby, which has in turn been affecting their health. Ryan mentioned that some businesses do provide enough paid family leave, however, lower wage workers are not likely to be granted as much paid leave, if any. Lastly, he stated that there is some legislation being written to fight for enough family leave across all sectors of work so that families are able to properly support themselves while taking family leave.
Leonardo DiCosimo, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 4 in Cleveland, Ohio spoke with AWF on August 15 about an upcoming Labor Day festival. He talked about the North Shore Cleveland AFL-CIO hosting a Labor Day party at James Day Park in Parma. DiCosimo also spoke about Cleveland’s vast amount of professional musicians and recent projects that they have been involved in.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about flight attendants paid sick days being taken away.