October 2017 Newsletter

Coalition Victory: Governor Brown Signed New Parent Leave! 

In a victory for California families, Governor Brown signed Coalition priority bill, the New Parent Leave Act (SB 63 - Jackson) on October 12.  Now, starting January 1, 2018, new parents working in businesses with 20 or more employees will have 12 weeks of job protection when taking time to bond with a new child (birth, adoption, or foster). This is the first expansion of job-protected leave since the passage of Paid Family Leave in 2002, and a huge win for Coalition groups who organized and fought for this expansion since Schwarzenegger was in office. According to Jenya Cassidy, Coalition Director, the win was due to a "combination of the sheer stubbornness of Senator Jackson, Coalition members, and bill sponsors, coupled with huge support and an extra organizing push by the Legislative Women’s Caucus and health, breastfeeding, and child care advocates." This new law will cover 2.7 million California workers and will have a positive impact on family economic stability and new child health, development, and breastfeeding duration.

Senator Jackson, Jenya Cassidy, Baby Adrian, and Julia Parish at the SB 63 signing

Let's keep winning:
Donate Today! We are raising funds to kick off 2018 with an ambitious, statewide legislative and education campaign that will build on our 2016-17 victories. Starting with our Statewide Meeting in November, we will organize to expand access to family friendly workplaces for parents and caregivers through new legislation, education, and enforcement of current laws. Your donation will help us reach more California workers with information about their rights, including an increase in wage replacement (AB 908) and expansion of job protection (SB 63) for more workers taking Paid Family Leave.  Join this effort and donate here: www.workfamilyca.org/donate

Coalition Members Join CLASP Paid Sick Days Convening

Coalition members shared strategies with advocates and agency partners from all over the U.S. at the Center for Law and Social Policy's (CLASP) annual convening, “Making Paid Sick Days Work” in Washington D.C. in September. This year’s convening focused on organizing in the face of Trump era challenges to immigrant workers, and creative ways to transform troublesome industries.

CLASP.jpgIlana Master, Julia Parish, Allison Guevara, and Wendy Chun-Hoon

St. John’s Clinic and the Coalition Launch a Texting Campaign

This month the Coalition and St. John’s Well Child & Family Center launched a texting campaign to build awareness of Paid Family Leave and paid sick days among the clinic’s patient community. Thousands of prenatal, pediatric, and cancer patients received information about their rights and where to go for more information.  This is part of our two-year pilot project to test and report on effective community outreach to raise awareness of Paid Family Leave and paid sick days.  Coalition staff are sharing results with the Employment Development Department (EDD) Paid Family Leave branch.

Coalition Initiates Education Campaign with Prenatal Providers

The CA Work & Family Coalition and Legal Aid at Work, in collaboration with the EDD, will be working with prenatal providers so that all parents and babies get the care they need to thrive -- which includes taking time heal and bond. We are conducting a Survey of Prenatal Providers on Paid Family Leave to find out what would be most helpful to increasing awareness and access to PFL. We invite prenatal and pediatric providers to complete the 5-minute survey by October 31, 2017.

The 2017 Statewide Meeting is Coming Up!

This year's annual Statewide Meeting will be Wednesday, November 15th from 10AM – 4PM at the California Nurses Association, 155 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 94612. This is the time of year where Coalition members come together to review successes and challenges, and plan our legislative, education, and coalition building work for the year ahead! We’re excited to welcome many new and long-time members - Register and make travel plans today! RSVP

Welcome Melisa Acoba!


Introducing Melisa Acoba, the newest addition to the Coalition staff.  Melisa’s mission is to promote healthy communities by pursuing social justice and equitable access to resources that optimize quality of life.  She approaches work-life balance issues from a public health perspective, as her educational, professional, and familial experience have shaped her interest in the impacts of chronic disease, cancer, and caregiving.  Based in Los Angeles, Melisa focuses on local events and activities, coordination of the legislative committee, communications, and administrative coordination. Email: melisa.acoba@gmail.com

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