We Value: Workplace Flexibility
What we need: A pro-family workplace with flexible policies to allow us to work and support and protect our families.
With so many women in the work force and a growing number of single-parent families, the rules of the workplace haven’t kept up. As working family members, we shouldn’t have to risk our job to take care of our family, or to put our family at risk to keep a job. Yet millions of Americans are forced to make these choices every day. Only one in five low-wage workers have access to paid sick days on the job. More than half of all private sector workers have no family and medical leave protection. And for too many workers family leave is unpaid; an unrealistic option.
Because I am a working mother, my children attend childcare. Any parent whose child is in school or around other children is well aware that their child will eventually come home sick. Should you have to choose between caring for your sick child or going to work because you can’t afford to be off?
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Get the Facts:
- Having a baby is the leading cause of poverty for women.
- The United States is one of only four countries in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave: the others are Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and Lesotho.
- More than half of all private sector workers do not have paid sick days they can use to care for sick children.
What You Can Do:
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