February 2018 Newsletter

Coalition Members Celebrate FMLA 25 in Washington DC

On February 5, members of the California Work & Family Coalition were honored as Paid Leave Leaders along with other state and national advocates at a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) on Capitol Hill.

JimmyGomez.jpgCelebrating #FMLA25 with Representative Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)

The National Partnership for Women and Families hosted the event where Senators, Congressional Representatives, and advocates called for the passage of the FAMILY Act and celebrated the momentum of state wins led by the Family Values @Work network. A highlight for the California delegation came when Congressman Jimmy Gomez called Jenna Gerry (Legal Aid at Work) and Coalition Director, Jenya Cassidy, to the stage to recognize the Coalition's partnership with him in making the program work for working class families by increasing wage replacement and extending job protection to more new parents through the passage of SB 63 (Jackson). See our blog on the importance of expanding FMLA job protections here.


ScottWiener.jpgSenator Wiener introduced SB 937 - Workplace Lactation Accommodation

What Do We Want? Workplace Lactation Accommodation!

Coalition members, including Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, Executive Director of the California Breastfeeding Coalition, attended the press conference to show support for State Senator Scott Wiener’s introduction of SB 937, the Workplace Lactation Accommodation Bill. The press conference took place inside the San Francisco headquarters of Stitch Fix, a clothing business with cutting-edge lactation accommodation policies and dedicated space for breastfeeding parents to pump. Bill co-author, Assemblyman David Chiu, San Francisco Supervisor, Katy Tang, and Julia Parish from Legal Aid at Work spoke at the event about the importance of accommodating breastfeeding parents at work. Robbie Gonzalez-Dow said, "California breastfeeding advocates worked hard with the Coalition to pass the New Parent Leave Act (SB 63 - Jackson) last year because bonding time is crucial to new parents for establishing breastfeeding. SB 937 will help these same parents continue to breastfeed when they return to work."

The CA Legislature to Consider 5 California Paid Sick Days

California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) introduced a bill that would expand the state’s current paid sick days law to allow CA workers to accrue a minimum of 5 days a year. The bill, AB 2841, would expand on AB 1522 (Gonzalez) which Governor Brown signed in 2014 and allows CA workers to accrue a minimum of 3 days a year. Seven California cities have local paid sick days laws that expand on the state law -- those include Berkeley, Emeryville, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Monica. In her press statement, the Assemblywoman emphasized that an unexpectedly serious flu season, such as this year's, shows us that Californians need at least 5 days to recover. Stay tuned for ways your organization can help support this Coalition priority bill.


Berkeley City Council to Vote on Fully-Paid Family Leave

Under consideration is an ordinance that would provide Berkeley workers with 100% paid family leave for 6 weeks to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member, with the supplemental pay to be provided by employers.
Please email or call your city councilmembers or mail letters to 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704 before March 13th. And, please join us in person on March 13 at the City Council meeting: Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 at 7:00pm.


Coalition members, join our child care allies in supporting increased child care funding for families with infants and toddlers. Parents should be able to choose how their child is cared for and by whom. Come to the Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance hearing to say that you agree!

March 13, 2018
State Capitol Room 447

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