Friday, February 11, 2005
On this day:

The "Benefits" of Union Membership. Period.

Via Fark: ABC: Unions seek 'menstrual leave' for Toyota workers
Unions say they are negotiating a landmark industrial relations claim to allow women to take extra sick leave for menstrual pain. The Manufacturing Workers Union (MWU) says some women have particularly bad periods and are genuinely forced to call in sick. As part of negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement at Toyota, the union has asked for women to be allowed 12 paid days menstrual leave a year. The union's national secretary, Doug Cameron, says the leave would be additional to the sick leave they are already entitled to. "Our members tell us that they have to take their sick leave, some of them on a regular basis, because they've got chronic problems with their period," Mr Cameron said. "We believe that they shouldn't be disadvantaged against men that don't have a regular problem once a month."