Do you have a family leave story? Join me in telling it to legislators

Gabriela and her son
Gabriela and her son

Have you ever had to think about a family and medical leave program? Did you ever look into the federal program to see if you would qualify?

I didn’t think about family and medical leave insurance until I was faced with needing to take time off for an extended amount of time for the birth of my son. Thankfully, my husband and I had savings, and I stayed home for a reasonable amount of time. But hearing stories from new moms that have to go back to work within a few days or weeks is absolutely heart-wrenching.

This means no breast feeding, less time for bonding, maybe skipping a few wellness visits (and immunizations), and if there was a c-section, a long and painful recovery. Every mom and dad deserves to spend some time with a new baby, and paid family leave gives every parent that opportunity.

So join me in supporting family and medical leave on February 5th, when the Washington State Legislature will hear a paid family and medical leave bill that would allow workers to take off up to 12 weeks off – at partial pay – for their own serious condition or to care for a new born or newly adopted child or sick family member. This system would be entirely supported by workers and employers with a shared premium. Each pays 0.1% of pay, or about $1.00 per week if you earn $50,000/year.

Please join us in Olympia on February 5th to tell the Legislature why you support paid family and medical leave – they need to hear your personal story. The hearing begins at 10AM, and will last for an hour or two. Tell them how a family and medical leave program would have helped you after childbirth or a chronic illness.

If you can attend or would like more information, please email me at if you can join us on February 5th.

Published by waworkfam

The Washington Work and Family Coalition includes representatives of seniors, women, labor, health professionals, children’s advocates, faith communities, low income workers, employers, non-profits and other organizations. We’re working together to make it easier for parents to raise healthy children and care for aging parents; for workers to care for themselves or their partners in the event of a serious illness; and for businesses to offer modern workplace standards that improve productivity and worker health.

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