How You (Yes, You) Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism

  The hashtags are trending, the memes are flying, and people are getting into fierce comment wars on social media about racism. As a black person myself, I am overwhelmed by all of this but also grateful to be witnessing this long overdue shift in our country. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter

We are mourning the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless Black people whose lives have been mercilessly taken by racist police and vigilantes. All of us are living in a world that is sitting on top of centuries of slavery. The Civil Rights movement may have been dismissed by many when Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in 1968, but we know now, without a shadow of a doubt, that racism is nowhere near eradicated in our country. Continue reading

How to apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants in California

Migrant workers clean fields near Salinas, California, on March 30.   Governor Gavin Newsom and other private entities have funded a disaster relief assistance program for undocumented workers. This article will answer common questions to help you understand how to try to access these funds. This article is being shared from the Employee Rights Center. The information in this article is provided by The California Department of Social Services.   Continue reading

Assembly Bill 3216: Responding to the Needs of Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Congressman Ro Khanna and California Nurses Association Board Member Jennifer Holm discuss "Medicare For All" in this file photo. Photo by Nadia Lopez.   Many of our civic leaders are talking about staying home to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, and yet, three months into the government-mandated stay-at-home order there are still no state-wide policies in California that make it possible for people to stay home for the duration recommended by the Center for Disease Control (14 days if exposed) without losing their income and their job. This could change if AB 3216, a new bill authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, is passed. This bill is the response we need to protect workers’ income and jobs regardless or where they work or what zip code they live in. So, what exactly would AB 3216 do for California workers if passed?   Continue reading

California Breastfeeding Coalition and the Coalition Team Up for a Capitol Advocacy Day

On January 23rd, 2020 breastfeeding advocates from the California Breastfeeding Coalition partnered with the California Work & Family Coalition for an Advocacy Day. More than 60 breastfeeding advocates visited 55 different State Assemblymembers and State Senators to educate them about the importance of job-protected paid family leave. Participants shared powerful stories with the legislators about the connection between job-protected paid family leave and breastfeeding outcomes. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson addressed Advocacy Day Participants and spoke about the need for job-protected paid family leave for all Californians. Continue reading

November is National Family Caregiver Month

Happy National Family Caregiver Month! I have worked on Paid Family Leave for over 15 years and this year feels different. We are moving into our Statewide Meeting preparation in a time of exciting movement and momentum at the local, state, and national level. It's up to us -- the parents, caregivers, advocates, and on-the-ground organizers -- to take this momentum in the direction of winning Paid Leave for All. If we work together we can win the changes we need in California to make our law inclusive, job-protected, and with adequate compensation so that everyone benefits. From our work last year with Human Impact Partners, we learned that there is a need to ramp up awareness and support for family caregivers who need to take time to care. Read our report: Understanding Working & Caregiving: An Analysis. And check out the factsheet we'll use to educate policy makers this year. Let's make 2020 a year to remember for parents and caregivers in California! Continue reading

Paid Leave for All: More than Passing Laws

As we prepare for our Annual Statewide Meeting, our work in October reminds us that passing state laws is just the first step. In order to truly win #PaidLeave4All, we need to continue to organize and engage with electeds and agencies to ensure that our program is accessible to everyone who needs to take time to bond or care. Please join us in this work by donating or joining the Coalition. We have a lot to plan and a lot to celebrate. Join us!   Continue reading

Paid Leave for California Freelancers

Wouldn’t it be sweet to enjoy both the flexibility of freelancing and the security of paid leave benefits? Each contributes to the wellbeing of working families, after all. But can you have both at the same time? For California’s 2.83 million independent contractors hustling to keep their businesses and families alive and thriving, this is a puzzle worth solving. Continue reading

2019 is going to be HUGE! Our March Newsletter

Happy March! It’s already shaping up to be a huge year for local, state, and national work on Paid Family Leave. In January, Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would make enacting six months of paid baby bonding leave for new parents a priority for the state. The Governor’s office will work with a task force on the next steps and Coalition members are looking forward to collaborating and supporting this historic expansion. Continue reading

Together We Win Family-Friendly Workplaces and Paid Family Leave for All

Thank you to everyone who came to the California Work & Family Coalition Annual Statewide Meeting. It was an inspiring day of learning, connecting, and planning to win family friendly workplaces and Paid Family Leave for all. Continue reading