The time is now to make Paid Family and Medical Leave a reality for Connecticut workers!
Connecticut has been a leader in family friendly workplace policies. Let’s not stop now! FMLA (The Family Medical Leave Act) was groundbreaking in its time but let’s face it, it isn’t working for the majority who simply cannot afford to use it. 78% of CT workers who are eligible for FMLA won’t take it because they cannot afford to go without the pay. The majority of people in the workforce DO NOT have paid leave, which would allow them to take time off after giving birth or if they need to care for a sick loved one. The time is now to make Paid Family and Medical Leave a reality for CT workers.
The current lack of paid family and medical leave reduces the chance that a caregiver stays employed at their current job. Women of color are less likely to have access to paid maternity leave, and the odds decrease for all women the younger they are or the less education they have.* Those earning the least in our economy—the young, the less educated, and people of color—are also the most likely to have to leave their jobs and to experience a wage-drop after changing employers.** No one should have to choose between their financial security and taking care of themselves or someone that they love.
Paid Family & Medical Leave will strengthen and support families when they need it most! Help us win this for fight for CT families and learn more about the Campaign for Paid Family Leave here.
How can you help? Take action today!
Have you had to make the tough decision between your job or caring for a loved one? Do you have a story to share? Tell us why Paid Family Leave is important to you. http://bit.ly/yourstoryPFL
Join us in the upcoming weeks to make calls and go door to door to educate voters on why Paid Family Leave matters to CT Families. Contact us [email protected]
* U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961–2008,” (Washington, DC: Department of Commerce, 2011).
** Bureau of Labor Statistics, Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2010 (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010), available at http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpswom2010.pdf