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Tell the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus that we need a national policy for paid family leave that covers all workers.

Paid family leave refers largely to paid maternity or paternity leave, but it also includes the ability for employees to take significant portions of paid time off to care for a seriously ill loved one or to welcome a non-biological child into the family. Paid leave lasts several weeks, and employees taking it are paid a portion of their typical income.

The United States, however, is way behind other countries, as it does not have a national policy for this kind of benefit. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 14 percent of U.S. employees had access to paid family leave in 2016.[1]

While the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act was supposed to allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, about 41 percent of employees went uncovered in 2012. [2] And even those to whom it does apply may not be able to afford to take it.

That is why a national policy for paid family leave is so necessary. In addition to that, mothers need to recover from childbirth, and families need to take time together to bond with the baby. Research has even shown that paid family leave is linked to the survival of newborns; it is believed that providing 10 weeks of paid family leave could reduce the United States' higher-than-average infant mortality rate by up to 10 percent. [3] Emerging research also suggests that paid family leave reduces parents' stress and increases the likelihood that babies are breastfed — both of which could improve the children's outcomes.

But paid family leave isn't just good for employees and their families. It can even have a positive impact on employers, as they have increased employee satisfaction and reduced turnover rate — which, in turn, results in less money and time spent hiring and training new workers.

Yet paid family leave is often treated as a privilege — one that is mostly granted to elite, corporate workers — than it is as a right for everyone who needs it.

Programs for paid family leave are being implemented in states like California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. The results for both workers and employees have so far been positive or at least neutral. If they can do it successfully, so can the rest of this country.

The time has come; we need to take action. With a national policy for paid family leave, we could give families the opportunity they need to not just survive, but to also thrive.

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Dear Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus,

Paid family leave, including paid maternity and paternity leave, is an issue that deserves to be placed at the forefront of our public attention.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2016, only 14 percent of American civilian workers had access to paid family leave. Considering that allowing employees to take paid family leave could benefit families and employers alike, as well as potentially even reduce infant mortality rates, it is a veritable shame that this number is so dismally low.

American employees may have access to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act, but a significant number of workers are not covered by it, and even those that are may not be able to benefit from it due to financial constraints.

The idea of a national policy for paid family leave for all workers is one that has gained widespread, bipartisan support. It is time to turn this well-received idea into something solid.

We therefore ask you to create a national policy for paid family leave, one that covers all employees regardless of where they work or what they do. With your help, millions of Americans and their families could benefit and get the leave they truly need and deserve.


Petition Signatures

Dec 10, 2017 Hal Trufan
Dec 10, 2017 Irina Lamadrid
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Darlene Carter
Dec 9, 2017 Kelly Smith
Dec 9, 2017 Wadane Ragland
Dec 9, 2017 Henry Mobley
Dec 9, 2017 P Hudson
Dec 7, 2017 Sandra Davis
Dec 7, 2017 Rebecca Howe Strengthening families will strengthen our society. This is a smart and morally decent move.
Dec 7, 2017 Sherry Nillissen
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2017 Hollie Hallman
Dec 6, 2017 KP Power
Dec 6, 2017 Mary C
Dec 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2017 Sherri Hickman
Dec 6, 2017 Ana Alvarez
Dec 6, 2017 Vanessa Cravo
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 Mariah Oyondi
Dec 5, 2017 chad calkins
Dec 5, 2017 Karin Cohen
Dec 5, 2017 robert dowling
Dec 5, 2017 Angela Williams
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Summer Moon
Dec 4, 2017 Mikail Barron
Dec 4, 2017 Nadia Burguin
Dec 4, 2017 Dawn Bowers
Dec 4, 2017 miriam laffi
Dec 4, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Dec 4, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Dec 3, 2017 Alisa Swank
Dec 3, 2017 Geniece Medsker
Dec 3, 2017 Farhen Graman
Dec 3, 2017 Patrice Zboya We do love to claim "Family Values." Let's prove we honor them: a national policy on PAID Family Leave for ALL workers.
Dec 3, 2017 Nicoleta Sava
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 3, 2017 Kerry Walker
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Dec 2, 2017 Victoria Peyser
Dec 2, 2017 Jen Fitzgerald
Dec 1, 2017 Patricia Lewis
Dec 1, 2017 Denise Griffin
Dec 1, 2017 Jonathan Allen Prayers, blessings & CONGRATULATIONS!
Dec 1, 2017 James Healey Help Families!!
Dec 1, 2017 Sofia Fernandez-Amaro
Dec 1, 2017 Maria Smith
Dec 1, 2017 Paula P

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