California Legislation 2018
The California Work and Family Coalition is currently working on the following priority bills:
SB 937 (Wiener) - Workplace Lactation Accommodation
Great news! Our priority bill SB 937 (Wiener & Leyva) Workplace Lactation Accommodation passed out of both houses and is on the Governor's desk! Please use this template to send letters of support urging the Governor to sign this bill!
SB 937 is cutting edge legislation that addresses the barriers parents face when balancing work and continuing to breastfeed/chestfeed. The bill will require employers to have a written lactation policy, that all lactation spaces meet minimum standards in providing a safe and comfortable space to pump, and for employees to be free from retaliation for choosing to continue to breastfeed/chestfeed after returning to work.
Please use this template and put letters on your letterhead. They should be sent via e-mail to the following addresses:
Let us know you sent a letter by forwarding it to Melisa Acoba as well at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AB 2366 (Bonta) - Employment Protections for Survivors and their Families
Please send in letters of support. See the links below for a sample letter to adapt with your letterhead and bill fact sheet. AB 2366 would extend employment protections to victims of sexual harassment, as well as the immediate family members of the victims who take time off from work to provide assistance to the survivor seeking relief or obtaining services and counseling.
Copy: Melisa Acoba from the Coalition email@example.com
The Coalition also supports legislation that aligns with our values and strategic policy priorities:
Domestic Violence Wrap-Around Services Budget Request (more info coming soon)
Show Your Support
Write Support Letters
Legislators often consider the organizations and individuals who support or oppose a bill to help them decide how to vote. The Coalition is working with a number of organizations to send support letters before each Committee hearing and floor vote to make sure that legislators sees who is supporting these bills.
1. Use the templates to draft your support letter. It is especially helpful to include personal anecdotes about how you or someone you know may have been affected by the problems that this bill tries to address, and/or how this bill aligns with your values.
2. Email the letter to the office where the letter is addressed and cc firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can keep track of who and how many have submitted letters.
Visit Your Representatives
The Coalition is working with member organizations to meet with legislators and talk to them about why these bills are important for low-income working parents and families in California. Legislators especially value speaking with their constituents.
If you would like to join a district visit, please email us at email@example.com with your zip code, the representatives you would like to visit, and the bills you want to speak about.
Call Your Representatives
If you cannot attend a district visit or the visit has already happened, you can still help! Call your legislators today and tell them why you support helping low-income working families thrive.