Again, I’m going to post here an email I got from MomsRising.org. They say everything and give you a way to take action. Thanks to all who took action, via this site, based on the last email I posted from this great organization!
Dear MomsRising member,
You did it! A couple of weeks ago, in a 24 hour period, over 11,000 MomsRising members emailed their U.S. Representatives urging them to vote YES for the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (HR 5781), and… the bill passed the House!
The next step now is to push this bill through the U.S. Senate. If we pass this bill for federal employees, we’ll be one step closer to paid family leave for everyone. And, we’re closer than ever before to passing it!
Your Senators need to hear from you now, while the bill is hot out of the House, to show that moms care and to give this bill a boost forward.
Take action at: http://www.momsrising.org/Senate_PFL_voteyes
The fact that this bill is moving forward is part of a historic shift. Congress is now starting to take the issues of mothers and families seriously.
First federal employees, then the rest of the people in our nation! Everyone needs paid family and medical leave and it’s past time to start putting this policy in place. We know that paid family leave helps provide children with a healthy start and keep families out of poverty. Yet, the United States lags behind every developed country in the world in offering paid leave to new mothers.
It’s time for the federal government to become a model employer by offering their workforce paid parental leave, and to pave the way for the rest of the nation to follow.
With more than 1.8 million civilian employees, the federal government is the nation’s largest employer. Currently, federal workers don’t have any guarantee of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Some have accrued paid sick or vacation time that they may be able to use while on unpaid FMLA leave. However, others, especially younger workers who haven’t accrued sick or vacation time, have no choice but to take unpaid leave.
If passed, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act guarantees qualifying federal workers four weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a new child. It would also enable federal workers to use up to eight weeks of accrued paid sick time immediately following the first four weeks of parental leave.
Urge your elected Senators to vote YES for the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, and also forward this e-mail to friends, family, and co-workers and urge them to get involved today! If the Senate doesn’t hear from us now, then this historic bill could be ignored. Your voice will make a difference.
With the help of MomsRising.org members, New Jersey and Washington state recently made history by passing paid leave policies. Now, we have another chance to bring paid leave to more than 1.8 million working people across the country.
Here’s to making history together! — Kristin, Joan, Katie, Mary, Nanette, and the MomsRising team
A special thank you to the National Partnership for Women & Families for all the amazing work they’re doing on this and many other issues.