ERIC Number: ED312073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Balancing Work and Family: A Citizens' Agenda for the '90s.
Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies, Washington, DC.
The 813 participants in the Roosevelt Center's May, 1989, regional citizen assemblies discussed trends affecting workers, employers, and families and laid the groundwork for a recommended national work and family policy. Part 1 of this report analyzes the results of a series of introductory exercises in which citizens were asked to register their concerns about America's families; establish priorities for investing business dollars; and answer a few general questions about the role of government and employers in matters of work and family. Part 2 reports on citizens' specific choices for Federal Government policy concerning family and medical leave, child and elder care, family income, and health insurance. Part 3 examines the impact of the citizens' choices on the federal budget and presents citizens' proposals for funding the new work and family package. Proposals include cuts in defense spending; increased taxes on tobacco, wine, and alcohol; and increased social security taxes. Three strong messages stand out: (1) employers must be central players in any strategy to help balance work and family demands, with government providing incentives for voluntary action and imposing regulations; (2) universal programs are best for providing health and long-term care; (3) education is the key to success for families and the economy. Participants did not support legislative proposals currently in the headlines. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: J.C. Penney Co., Inc., New York, NY.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies, Washington, DC.