During the regular session, the Senate passed two bills that would repeal family and medical leave insurance and roll back paid sick leave protections. Conservative members of the House and Senate have promised to bring both these bills back to the Special Session on the budget starting this Monday, May 13th.
Please help protect the health and economic security of Washington workers and families!
Take 5 minutes today to tell your legislators:
- Rolling back paid leave protections will undermine the health and economic security of working families and will not result in any savings in the 2013-15 budget.
- Do not repeal family leave insurance or establish a taskforce that results in repeal.
- Do not take away the ability of Washington cities to pass Paid Sick and Safe Leave laws that protect the health and safety of people who live, work, and shop within their borders.
Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000
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Working people need time to recover from illness, seek preventative care, nurture newborns, and care for aging family members. This isn’t just good for families – it will save the state money by promoting health, improving children’s school outcomes, boosting business productivity, and building our state’s economy.
We need more access to paid leave – not a takeaway of right we have already won!
Please contact your legislators today!
Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48) (left) is Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36) (right) is chair of the House Finance Committee.
Have you called or emailed your legislators yet about Family & Medical Leave and Paid Sick Days? If not, now is the time!
Here’s what’s happened so far this week:
- Family and Medical Leave Insurance, HB 1457 had a hearing in House Finance, but was not scheduled for a vote in the last committee meeting before the policy cutoff deadline. Our message to legislators: Continue considering family leave insurance as a bill necessary to the budget.
- Paid Sick Days, HB 1313 had a hearing in House Appropriations, but has not been scheduled for a vote. Our message to legislators: Move HB 1313 out of committee!
Please call the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000 and leave a message for your legislators today. Tell them to keep moving forward Paid Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave Insurance by passing them out of committee by tomorrow, March 1st.
You can also send an email. Find your legislators here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder. Be sure to tell them your story!
Tell legislators: Paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance are important to the health and well-being of our state’s people, families, and economy. These policies are also fiscally responsible:
- Not passing HB 1313 and HB 1457 digs the long term state budget hole deeper.
- Assuring that all workers earn paid leave to deal with critical health and family needs reduces public costs for health care, elder care, and public assistance.
- Boosting the healthy development of our children will pay off in higher educational achievement.
- Supporting family economic security restores health to our state economy.
Every day, thousands of working people in Washington are welcoming a new child, fighting cancer or other serious illnesses, or caring for an aging parent. But most face an impossible choice: return to work, sacrificing family health and well-being – or give up economic security.
Washington’s legislature approved the beginnings of FMLI in 2007, but did not fund it. Now, we’re working on an exciting new proposal to fund FMLI and ensure benefits are available to those caring for sick family members and for taking care of oneself when stricken with cancer or another serious health condition. But we need your help.
Ask your local candidates where they stand on Family Medical Leave Insurance.
From now through the November election, legislative and gubernatorial candidates are participating in candidate forums across the state. We need your help! Please attend a candidate forum near you. Tell your local candidate that FMLI is important to you, and ask if they will prioritize getting FMLI started. If elected, they will decide whether FMLI can move forward.
We’ve made it easy. We put together a fact sheet with sample questions and information about forums in your local area. Please download it here and help us build economic security for Washington’s working people and families.