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Leslie Tolf
Leslie Tolf is the current President of Union Privilege and works everyday to improve the quality of life for union families. She’s had an extensive career in both the public and private sectors. Her current project -- Union Kid Power -- is a graphic novel that seeks to teach power of activism to the next generation.

Entries by Leslie Tolf

Optimizing Outcomes for Women's Health Care: A Conversation With NOW President Terry O'Neill

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 3:48 PM


Women have always stood at the forefront of advocating for their health. By understanding how women's health care issues affect the working world, we can begin to address the coverage inequalities that persist. I sat down with my colleague NOW President

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The On-Demand Economy: Creating Bad Gigs or Good Jobs?

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:43 PM

The on-demand economy is not a new concept -- however, in 2015 it has been brought to the forefront of the national conversation, especially as it pertains to the nature of our professional economy and workers' rights.

As a labor leader myself, I look at certain aspects of the...

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5 Women Labor Leaders Speak Their Minds on the Future of Labor

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 5:33 PM

We all love the last holiday of the summer. It's one last chance to celebrate the season, spend a little extra quality time with family and friends and soak up that last little bit of Vitamin D before we all go back to school or back to work.


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Union Is the New Black: Labor Organizing in Orange Is the New Black, And What It Means For You

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 3:13 PM

In its third season with Netflix, Orange Is the New Black has had a significant effect on America's consciousness regarding: race, women and incarceration, and transgender issues. This season highlighted many character backstories, but personally, the most interesting plot-line was that of the security guards and their efforts to organize...

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Labor Day: The Fight for Our Future Continues

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Unions are important, but their visibility isn't as high as it used to be. Sure, we brought you the weekend. But as Labor Day comes and goes, signaling the end of summer, a business onslaught as people get back from their vacations, and the beginning of shorter days, there's more...

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Can the Arts Save Detroit?

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:27 PM

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a graphic artist in D.C. Twenty years later, I was involved with the labor movement. At the time, I didn't think that there was a connection between the two, but now I'm quite sure that there is.

Today, I see...

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Why Unions Matter

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:39 PM

As parents we tell our children that the key to success and prosperity lies in a good education. We feel we have to. Why? Thirty-five years of globalization and technological revolution have resulted in a rapid decline of the manufacturing and blue-collar jobs that were once the backbone of our...

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Loving Millennials: A Message to Generation Y (and Those Who Know Them)

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 3:44 PM

I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden 1/3 of my staff are under the age of 35. Makes sense though. By next year Millennials will make up half the workforce. I'm loving it. Why? First of all, as a Baby Boomer, these guys are my kid's age....

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