December 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holidays! 

We hope that you will be able to take the time to enjoy this holiday season with family and friends. And we look forward to working together for a happy, healthy, and meaningful 2018!


Governor Brown signing AB 908 (Gomez), Long Beach Breastfeeds! at Lobby Day at the Capitol in May

New Family-Friendly Laws for Californians in 2018

In 2018, we celebrate some big Coalition victories: Starting January 1st, 2.7 million workers will be covered under the New Parent Leave Act (SB 63, Jackson) which extends job protection to parents in businesses of 20 or more when they take time to bond with new children. Also, in January, we’ll see the implementation of Coalition bill, AB 908 (Gomez). This will raise wage replacement from 55% to 60% (70% for low-income workers) for California workers on State Disability Insurance (SDI) for their own serious health condition and for parents or caregivers who take Paid Family Leave. In San Francisco, workers in businesses of 20 or more will now qualify for fully-paid bonding leave under the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.

Help us spread the word! We are looking for individuals and organization leaders to speak to the press and share their stories of how these changes improve their lives in 2018 and beyond.  Email us at



Coalition Member, Sharon Terman (LAAW), speaks at BreastfeedLA's Advocacy Training 

Want to help build on these wins? Join us!

Please make a donation or pay your membership or individual dues today! Membership dues and donations go a long way toward building a strong Coalition to win family-friendly workplaces through legislation, organizing, and education. Your donation or dues payment helps us hold regional and statewide convenings, organize district visits and lobby days, and work with members across the state to ensure that all workers benefit from the family-friendly laws we work hard to pass. If you are an organizational member, pay your dues before they go up on January 1st! If you are new to the Coalition, join us today! Membership dues help the California Work & Family Coalition expand at a time when community building, collaboration, and coalition work is more important than ever. 

Welcome the 2018 Steering Committee

Congratulations and welcome to returning and incoming CA Work & Family Coalition Steering Committee Members! In November, Coalition members nominated and voted for our 2018 Steering Committee. We were thrilled to have a diverse group of Coalition leaders come forward from across the state to represent grassroots, legal, health care, immigrant rights, caregiving, workers’ rights, parents, childcare, and all working families.

2018 CA Work & Family Coalition Steering Committee Members

  • Jennifer Greppi, Parent Voices CA
  • Sharon Terman/Julia Parish, Legal Aid at Work
  • Melissa Goodman, ACLU So Cal
  • Sophia Cheng/Manuel Villanueva-Gutierrez, ROC-LA
  • Donna Benton, USC Family Caregiver Support Center
  • Arissa Palmer/Katie Waters-Smith, BreastfeedLA
  • Samuel Molina, Mi Familia Vota 
  • Curtis Chan, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Laura Eberly, YWCA San Francisco & Marin



Coalition Leaders at National Paid Family Leave Convening. From left to right: Curtis Chan (SF Department of Public Health), Jenna Gerry (Legal Aid at Work), Patrick Henning (CA Employment Development Department), Jenya Cassidy (CA Work & Family Coalition)

CA EDD and the Coalition Present at National Paid Family Leave Convening

On December 6, Patrick Henning, Director of the California Employment Development Department (EDD) joined Coalition leaders in New York City to speak at a national convening on Paid Family Leave implementation. Coalition Director, Jenya Cassidy, and Patrick Henning spoke on a panel about the importance of the relationship between advocates and agencies in implementing Paid Family Leave. In a breakout group, Coalition members, Dr. Curtis Chan, San Francisco Department of Public Health, and Jenna Gerry, Legal Aid at Work, shared their experience and expertise in working with health care leaders on education, outreach, implementation and policy change. This historic convening, organized by CLASP and Family Values @Work, brought together agency leads, advocates, economists, and elected officials to share and learn successful onboarding and implementation of Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance policies.



Workers' Rights Panel at the Shriver Center's 50th Anniversary Symposium.  From left to right: Melisa Acoba (CA Work & Family Coalition), Preston Van Vliet (Family Values @Work), Sophia Zaman (Raise the Floor Alliance), Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute), Wendy Pollack (Shriver Center)

Coalition Work Showcased at the Shriver Center's 50th Anniversary Symposium

Representing the California Work & Family Coalition, Melisa Acoba spoke about the campaign for paid sick days in Los Angeles and the ongoing fight for fair implementation of the laws in Los Angeles and California at the Shriver Center's 50th anniversary symposium, “The Future of Justice," in Chicago, Illinois. Melisa joined union, LGBTQ and other panelists on December 1 to talk about how low-income and new immigrant workers can win and help enforce more progressive paid leave policies that work for all families.

Have a happy, healthy holiday season!

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