Why I support the FAMILY Act

As an expectant mother and a child advocate, I am all too aware of the urgent need for paid family and medical leave. That is why I am so excited to share that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro reintroduced the FAMILY Act yesterday in Congress.

The FAMILY Act is what America’s working families need and deserve. Join me in supporting this crucial piece of legislation.

Urge your members of Congress to support paid leave by co-sponsoring the FAMILY Act today.

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would:

  • Include up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave for medical emergencies
  • Create a self-sustaining paid leave program
  • Prohibit employers from firing or discriminating against a worker for taking paid leave
  • Recognize the diversity of families by providing paid leave to all caregivers including spouses, domestic partners and adoptive parents

Having time with my newborn or being able to care for a loved one is a right all working people should have. While I am fortunate to have paid leave, this simply is not the reality for most Americans. Working people should never be in fear of losing a job or days of pay to be with their families in times of need.

I shared why I support the FAMILY Act in a video on our Facebook page. Now it’s your turn to take action!

Urge your members of Congress to support paid leave by co-sponsoring the FAMILY Act today.

Vanessa Young
Organizer
Every Child Matters