Paid Leave for Working Families: Share Your Story

This pandemic has made clear what people of color, working families, and women have known for years—this economy is working great for those at the very top, and it isn’t working well for anybody else. The historic steps we took in the American Rescue Plan have paved the way for re-building a stronger, fairer economy—but our work is just beginning.

For too long, I’ve heard stories from working parents in Washington state who have had to go back to work only weeks after giving birth, or just days after a partner’s delivery. Or those who’ve missed a paycheck or lost a job because they needed to care for themselves, a child, or a loved one who was ill. And it’s women, workers of color, and workers who earn low-incomes who too often face these challenges—and it’s these same workers who have struggled the most in the current health and economic crises.

It’s unacceptable—and quite frankly a national disgrace—that in 2021 workers still have to make these impossible choices. It’s long past time this country establish national paid sick, family, and medical leave policies.

Next week, I’m leading the first Senate HELP Committee hearing focused on paid leave since 2007 and I need your help to raise awareness about why working families desperately need paid leave.

Share your story about the challenges you and your family have faced due to a lack of paid leave, or how having access to paid leave—whether for sick days or medical, parental, or caregiving leave—have made a difference for you and your family.

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