Paula Brantner Returns to Workplace Fairness as Executive Director

I am thrilled to announce that today, June 2, I return to work with Workplace Fairness as the organization’s Executive Director. Workplace Fairness’ mission of providing information and education to workers and representing the pro-worker voice in public policy debates is as viable as it has ever been in a workplace environment that is becoming ever more inhospitable to workers. I will be working with the WF Board of Directors to ensure the organization is again able to be a leading voice for workers in this country by continuing our programs, revitalizing our website, and maintaining financial stability.

In March 2007, Workplace Fairness was unfortunately required to eliminate its staff for financial reasons, and I had to leave the organization for whom I had worked since 2002. I joined Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate for non-union workers, as Program Director. In the meantime, the WF Board of Directors, and especially President Cathy Ventrell-Monsees, stepped in to oversee the organization’s operations and to keep it functioning without paid staff. In December 2007, I resumed work on this blog, Today’s Workplace, and our weekly e-newsletter, Workplace Week.

Some recent improvements in our financial situation have made it possible for WF to resume operations, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to rejoin Workplace Fairness at this critical time. Shortly after Workplace Fairness became unstaffed, we learned that the organization’s website,, was a Webby nominee, as a top site in the Employment category. A top priority will be continuing our website’s innovation and further strengthening its value as a resource for workers.

We look forward to announcing many more positive developments in the days to come, and thank you for your ongoing support during our most difficult times. I look forward to speaking with many of you personally in the next few months to hear more about what you would like to see Workplace Fairness achieve. We will continue to work with you to ensure that workers have the information they need and a voice in the policies that affect them most.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.