The Fight for Paid Leave Continues! - July 2018 Newsletter

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave

In a historic step in the movement for a national family leave program, the US Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy held a hearing on Paid Family Leave on July 11th.  The hearing included testimony by Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families in support of the FAMILY Act. 

Family Values @ Work Staff mobilized to the Senate Hearing on Paid Family Leave

The FAMILY Act (sponsored by Senator Gillibrand) is a comprehensive paid leave bill that would cover new parents, caregivers, and people taking time off for their own serious health conditions.  There was also discussion of the Marco Rubio (R-FL) paid leave bill (not yet introduced) that would be limited to new parents, allowing them to use up to 12 weeks of Social Security benefits, but would also require them to defer retirement benefits for the same amount of time.  Paid leave activists around the country criticized the Rubio proposal for its small scope and negative impact on Social Security.  Advocates called for a policy that is a right for all workers "no matter where you work or who makes up your family."  #REALPaidLeave  


National Advocates Hold Tele-Town Hall on Paid Family Leave

On the eve of the Senate hearing on paid leave, Family Values @ Work and partners hosted a tele-town hall with over 800 paid leave advocates and grassroots leaders to discuss the urgency of organizing to win a strong, national policy that covers parents and caregivers.  Participants heard moving testimony by workers in support of passing a comprehensive Paid Family Leave bill, and Wendy Chun-Hoon moderated a discussion of how we can continue to build momentum for inclusive paid family leave while protecting our Social Security benefits.


Join Us in Berkeley for the August 16 Screening of "Zero Weeks"

Berkeley "ZERO WEEKS" Screening and Panel Discussion

When: August 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Where: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

Join the California Work & Family Coalition, Legal Aid at Work, City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, and a number of stellar Bay Area organizations for a screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary, "ZERO WEEKS."  This film shows us why every American should have the right to paid leave to care for themselves and be there when their family needs them most.

This event will highlight the state and national movement for Paid Family Leave, raise awareness about the push for universal fully paid leave in Berkeley, and support the California Work & Family Coalition's work of making paid leave a reality for all Californians.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE

If you are interested in sponsoring or co-hosting the event, please email Tara Gamboa-Eastman at


Members of the Task Force, Panelists, and Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Cheryl Brown 


Task Force on Family Caregiving Presents Recommendations

The Assembly Aging and Long Term Care Committee held a hearing with the California Task Force on Caregiving (ACR 38) and caregiving experts on July 19th in Los Angeles at USC.  Panelists spoke in support of the recommendations in the recently-completed new Task Force report on the need to create a system that better supports California's 4.5 million family caregivers.  Coalition Steering Committee member, Dr. Donna Benton and Coalition staff, Jenya Cassidy, spoke in support of a system that supports caregivers' health and well-being with opportunities for respite, more resources, and the extension of job protection to more family caregivers when they take Paid Family Leave.  The report and Coalition panelists also called for more outreach and information for caregivers on how to access paid leave benefits.  Read the full report HERE



October 10-11, 2018 BreastfeedLA Summit 

"Taking Action to Reduce Infant Feeding Inequities in LA County - Our Collective Responsibility" at the California Endowment, Los Angeles

Join us as we take the first steps towards removing barriers to breastfeeding and improving breastfeeding equity in LA County.  We will explore how race/ethnicity, geographic location, place of birth, and other factors have a direct correlation to breastfeeding.  We will develop an action plan to create change in LA County.  Go HERE for ticket information.  

Also, on the eve of the BreastfeedLA Summit, October 9th, join us for a sneak peek screening of the award-winning film, Zero Weeks!  


Help us expand California's Paid Family Leave and win family-friendly workplaces for all workers!  Donate or join the Coalition today!

Your tax-deductible donation will move us closer to our vision of a California where all people have the time, resources, and support systems to care for themselves and their families and to lead meaningful, healthy, and happy lives.

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