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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.

Sign Here

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

Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2018 Martina Clerici
Jun 24, 2018 Victoria Oltarsh
Jun 23, 2018 Deirdre Evangelista
Jun 23, 2018 Pam Weems
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Candy Punia
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 23, 2018 Jocelyn Warburton
Jun 23, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jun 23, 2018 Karen Duggan
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Richard Brigg
Jun 22, 2018 JOSE JESUS
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Ines Ivanisevic
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Nikki Hintz
Jun 21, 2018 Thomas Re'
Jun 21, 2018 rachael Glogovsky
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 Dawn Crowley
Jun 21, 2018 Carol Foley
Jun 21, 2018 Sister Vicky Arndorfer
Jun 21, 2018 Gretchen Kitzman Any civilized country in the world provides this right to women. It is critical that it is given to all mothers.
Jun 20, 2018 Vitor Costa
Jun 20, 2018 Marcia Ayres
Jun 20, 2018 Julie Richardson Family leave is a fundamental right, not a benefit that a corporation can take away to meet their bottom line.
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Michele Boley
Jun 20, 2018 Freda Crawford
Jun 20, 2018 jole lheureux
Jun 20, 2018 Sarah Bondar Please implement paid maternity leave for all Americans, it is so essential and important, and so beneficial for all!
Jun 20, 2018 Deirdre Conway Everyone deserves this humane treatment.
Jun 20, 2018 donovan israel
Jun 20, 2018 Patty ALLEN
Jun 20, 2018 Katia Niswonger
Jun 20, 2018 Georgina Pacitti Seriously ill patients so need the care of their loved ones. This may hinder the families finances therefore they are between the devil and the deep blue sea. At times like this finance worries should not be an issue they need to be paid
Jun 20, 2018 Ruthie Barry This needs to happen
Jun 20, 2018 Hilary McGregor
Jun 20, 2018 Robert Boath
Jun 20, 2018 Ann Conney
Jun 20, 2018 Jacqueline Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Ceara Gray-Shannon
Jun 19, 2018 Nicole Solano
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 18, 2018 Ariel Kirst
Jun 18, 2018 Christy Matherne
Jun 18, 2018 Linda Miller
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Denis

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