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January 30, 2007

MomsRising to Meet with Speaker Chopp

Washington State is considering a family leave act that would enable employees to take up to five weeks off with partial pay when they have a baby or adopt or need time to nurse a close relative.  The exciting new organization, MomsRising, is supporting the bill, HB 1658, Family and Medical Leave Insurance, and will be meeting with Speaker Frank Chopp this Saturday to thank him for previous family-friendly bills he has supported and to talk with him about the need for family leave in Washington.

They are inviting other supporters of this family leave bill to join them at the Fremont Baptist Church from 10:00 - 11:00 (717 North 36th Street) this Saturday, Feb. 3rd, for a short film and the discussion with Chopp.

This bill is very important.  The United States is one of only 4 countries in the world that doesn't offer some form of paid leave to new mothers.  If it passes, Washington State would be the 2nd state in the U.S. to offer family and medical leave insurance.   The cost of the insurance would be paid by employees, charged $40 a year, less than a dollar a week. 

MomsRising, in a notification of the meeting, say:

Paid family leave has been shown to reduce infant mortality by as much as 20% (and the U.S. ranks a low 37th of all countries in infant mortality), as well as to help keep families out of poverty.  Right now, having a baby is a leading cause of "poverty spells" in this country (poverty spells are a time when income dips below what's needed for basic living expenses like food and rent).  And a full quarter of families with children under six years old live in poverty here.

It's time for this bill, folks.  And this meeting is a good time to show your support and listen to mothers talk about the importance of the passage of this bill to families across the state.

If you decide to attend, please RSVP to Katie@momsrising.org with "Family Leave or Bust!" in the Subject section so they have an idea of how many will be attending.

Posted by Lynn Allen on January 30, 2007 at 11:42 PM in Policy, Taking Action | Permalink

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