Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Magazine Chooses Best Companies for Working Moms

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Magazine Chooses Best Companies for Working Moms

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WASHINGTON _ Home products maker S.C. Johnson Wax has a "Women's Business Council" to help break down barriers to advancement faced by female employees.

Skokie, Ill.-based Fel-Pro, which makes car gaskets, sealants and lubricants, provides up to $6,500 in tuition reimbursements for children of its workers. And the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reserves a room for nursing mothers.

Such benefits helped earn those companies a place on Working Mother magazine's ninth annual list of 100 best companies for working moms.

The list was unveiled Tuesday over breakfast at the Labor Department.

"We've discovered that quality of life is a much greater asset in securing people than high salaries," said George Lucas, maker of such hit movies as "American Graffiti" and the "Star Wars" Trilogy.

On-site child care facilities and flexible work schedules helped win his Lucasfilm Ltd. a place on the list for the fourth consecutive year.

Lucas, who also won the magazine's "Family Champion Award," said he was being recognized for "just doing what one should be doing."

A single father of three, Lucas joked that by virtue of his juggling work, parent-teacher conferences and dinner, "I guess I qualify as a working mother."

The 100 companies ranged from the tiny to the colossal.

There was G.T. Water Products, a Moorpark, Calif., plumbing products manufacturer on the list for the seventh year in a row. The company provides 26 weeks of leave for new parents, even though with just 24 employees it is exempt from the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

At the other end of the size scale was 358,000-worker General Motors, which returned to the list after a five-year absence. Last year the automaker added three child care centers serving more than 600 children and introduced referral services for child care and elder care. …

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