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Family Values at Work : Social Movements and the Politics of Leave Legislation in the U.S

Author:
Engeman, Cassandra
Degree Supervisor:
Fernando Lopez-Alves and Maria Charles
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2016
Issued Date:
2016
Topics:
Sociology and Political science
Keywords:
Social movements
Social policy
Sick leave
Political mediation
Labor unions
Family leave
Genres:
Online resources and Dissertations, Academic
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Sociology
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
Description:

The United States lags behind most other nations in the world with respect to job-protected leave and paid leave from work, such as parental leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is the only federal leave policy, and it provides 12 weeks of job-protected leave for personal care or family care to address serious illnesses or health conditions. However, leave under the FMLA is unpaid, and restrictive eligibility requirements prohibit over 40 percent of the workforce from taking advantage of its provisions. Given the FMLA's shortcomings, states have passed their own leave laws, offering paid leave, covering more workers, lengthening leave durations, or expanding definitions of "family" for the purposes of family caregiving leave. My dissertation applies both quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches to explore relationships between social movements and gender-neutral leave legislation (i.e., paid and/or job-protected family, parental, and sick leave) in U.S. states. It addresses two key questions: First, how and to what extent do union-community coalitions (or social movements) influence state leave legislation? Second, under what conditions do they have influence? (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

Physical Description:
1 online resource (194 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3571bsk
ISBN:
9781339671369
Catalog System Number:
990046534340203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Cassandra Engeman
File Description
Access: Public access
Engeman_ucsb_0035D_12892.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)