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NEWS BRIEFS

Teri Bowles-Atherton Elected President of Portland Rose Festival Foundation

Nine New Members Bring Wealth of Experience to Festival Board ...

Young Audiences Will Hold a Free All Ages Concert This Sunday

Students will be engineering the sound at the Mississsippi Studios show ...

Artist Hank Willis Thomas to Have First Survey at PAM

Thomas’ first comprehensive survey will open in the fall of 2019 at the Portland Art Museum ...

Exploring Indigeneity in the 21st Century

Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger visits U of O Nov. 15 -17 for a series of free events exploring Indigeneity in the twenty-first...

Forest Service to propose measures for southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Oregon (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to propose measures for southern Oregon aimed at reducing the size and intensity of wildfires and creating healthier forests better able to withstand the hotter, drier conditions brought by climate change.The Rogue River-Siskiyou National...

6 arrested after rightists, leftists face off in Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Police in Oregon arrested six people after a faceoff between right-wing Patriot Prayer members and left-wing counter-demonstrators in Portland.KOIN reports the arrests came after six hours of rallies, chants and skirmishes on Saturday.Five were charged with...

Missouri trounces Tennessee 50-17 for third straight win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Drew Lock remembers how Tennessee fans roasted him on social media after the Tigers hired Derek Dooley as offensive coordinator."I still had Twitter at that time and I was getting tagged in all of these tweets from Tennessee people, (saying),...

Tennessee seeks bowl eligibility as it hosts Missouri

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has an opportunity Saturday to show how far it has come in the last year.One year after setting a school record for losses and failing to win a single Southeastern Conference game, the Volunteers (5-5, 2-4 SEC) are a win away from bowl eligibility. A...

OPINION

NAACP Say Election Proved Power of Black Voters

Voter suppression failed to stop Black voters from rebuking Trump and making significant gains in the Midterms ...

Why Are So Many Americans Struggling to Save for Retirement?

Most Americans will be pinching pennies after they retire ...

Our Vote: More Than A Desire for History, The Very Strides to Make It

It wasn’t just our desire to make history in Georgia that drew us to Stacey’s campaign ...

Measuring Racial Profiling

Why it's hard to tell where police are treating minorities unfairly ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May.More than 100 politicians, diplomats...

The Latest: Kemp wins gov race with 50.22 percent of vote

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Georgia's elections (all times local):12:40 p.m.Official certified results from the contentious race show Republican Brian Kemp narrowly avoided facing a runoff against Democrat Stacey Abrams.Official results from the Georgia Secretary of State's office say that...

Georgia makes election results final by certifying votes

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has certified its Nov. 6 election results, finally ending the contentious race for governor.Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden said late Saturday the results are certified and can be viewed on the agency's website .Democrat Stacey Abrams came within about...

ENTERTAINMENT

First African-American top network executive exiting ABC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network's shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down.Her decision announced Friday comes amid ABC corporate parent Walt Disney Co.'s pending...

Private funeral held for Stan Lee, more memorials in works

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small, private funeral has been held to mourn Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, and his company is making more plans to memorialize him."Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral, and as such his family has conducted a private closed ceremony in...

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin confirm marriage on Instagram

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are confirming their long rumored marriage. On Instagram, at least.The 24-year-old Canadian singer posted a picture on Instagram earlier this week of him holding hands with the 21-year-old model with the caption: "My wife is awesome."Baldwin...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Why a salmonella outbreak shouldn't ruin your Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) — There's no reason to skip Thanksgiving dinner because of a salmonella outbreak linked to...

Bloomberg donates 'unprecedented' jumi.8B to Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday he's donating jumi.8 billion...

Rhodes scholar class features plenty of women, immigrants

BOSTON (AP) — The latest crop of U.S. Rhodes scholars has more women than any other single class, and...

In Jordan's ancient Petra, sirens warn of flash floods

PETRA, Jordan (AP) — In ancient times, Arab tribesmen dug diversion tunnels to protect their low-lying...

Finland's president rakes memory for source of Trump remark

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president isn't sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking...

Cambodia says Khmer Rouge tribunal that convicted 3 is done

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has reiterated it intends to end the work of the U.N.-backed tribunal...

By Juan Carlos Ord

By all means, send cards and flowers on Mother's Day.
But what moms (and dads) really need is Paid Family Leave Insurance. It would be a vital step in addressing today's changed family and economic landscapes.
One measure of those transformations came to light earlier this year, when the U.S. Labor Department announced that, for the first time ever, women outnumbered men on the nation's payrolls. To some extent, that news is worthy of celebration of our nation's progress toward gender equality.
Sadly, though, that milestone is also the product of economic necessity. After adjusting for inflation, the typical Oregon man's wages have fallen by more than $3 an hour over the past three decades. Adding to families' woes, the costs of health care, transportation, housing and childcare have all gone up. Just to stay afloat, more families today depend on a second paycheck.
That means that more breadwinners today must juggle work and family responsibilities. In 2006-07, among nearly two-thirds of the nation's married couples with children, both parents worked outside the home. Among single mothers, 73 percent were employed. For single fathers, the rate was 85 percent.
So what happens to these households when work and family responsibilities collide? What happens when a serious illness strikes a child or an elderly parent, requiring attention? What happens when a newborn arrives?
Under such circumstances, both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the more expansive Oregon Family Leave Act grant some, but not all, workers the right to take unpaid time off. In other words: tend to your family, but good luck covering the rent, groceries and other bills.
For households living on the edge, or close to it, time off without pay -- even if the breadwinner is legally entitled to it -- is practically meaningless. Some employers offer some type of paid leave that can be used to deal with family emergencies. But the workers most in need of paid leave, low-wage workers, are the least likely to enjoy such benefits.
Fortunately, efforts are underway in Oregon to resolve the harsh predicament facing many working families. Time to Care for Oregon Families, a growing statewide coalition, is calling for enactment of Paid Family Leave Insurance in Oregon. Their bottom line is that no one should be forced to choose between their family and their job.
The legislation proposed by Time to Care for Oregon Families would provide up to six weeks of paid time off after the birth or adoption of a new child, or when a family member is seriously ill. The insurance would be funded by a 2-cent-per-hour payroll deduction from eligible employees' paychecks.
Paid Family Leave Insurance would not only protect many working families but also may benefit their employers' bottom line. Paid family leave could help productivity because it may improve employee morale and lower turnover and absenteeism.
Oregon small businesses, in particular, might come out ahead as a result of Paid Family Leave Insurance. By offering a benefit to their employees that employers can't afford on their own, the program could help small businesses compete with bigger companies for talented employees.
If the efforts of the Time to Care for Oregon Families coalition prove successful in the 2011 legislative session, Oregon families will get a great gift, especially if it arrives in time for next year's Mother's and Father's Days.


Juan Carlos Ordóñez is communications director for the Oregon Center for Public Policy (ocpp.org), a member of the Time to Care for Oregon Families coalition (oregonpaidfamilyleave.org)


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