CO Working Families Rally, Testify for FAMLI

Friday, April 7, 2017

Contact: Katie Reinisch, 303-653-1009,

Neha Mahajan, 303-628-0925,

Tuesday at Noon:

Working Families Rally, Testify for FAMLI


DENVER – Midday Tuesday, the CO FAMLI coalition — a diverse group of business owners, health professionals, women and children’s advocates, worker organizations and community members — will rally at the capitol to demand that legislators vote yes on the CO FAMLI Act, a family and medical leave insurance bill sponsored by Representative Faith Winter. The House Business Affairs and Labor Committee will hear HB17-1307 that afternoon.

A lack of paid family or medical leave for workers to recover from serious illness, care for a sick family member or bond with a newborn child can lead to financial hardship like missed rent payments and stress that makes workers less productive and focused on the job. Many are affected, including one out four women who return to work two weeks after giving birth. The coalition has built tremendous grassroots momentum for this innovative, self-funded solution that meets both worker and business needs, funded entirely by employees who would pay small weekly premium payments to access job-protected paid leave.

Spanish speakers are available before and on Tuesday

WHAT:  CO FAMLI Rally and Testimony to demand passage of the CO FAMLI Act
12:00 p.m. –  FAMLI Rally
1:30 p.m.  – Testimony before the the House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor
Neha Mahajan, Director, 9to5 Colorado
Rep. Faith Winter, sponsor of HB17-1307, CO FAMLI Act
Kris Garcia, worker unable to take paid leave for premature and sick infant
Lisa Goodbee, President, Goodbee & Associates, Small Business Owner
Isabelle Campanella, Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses
Over 2 dozen supporters will testify at the committee hearing
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 11 at 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Rally: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., West Foyer
Hearing: Legislative Services Building (LSB), 200 E. 14th Ave.

VISUALS: 50+ working men, women and their families with signs, posters and photos
Social Media
Hashtags: #leadonleave  #cofamil  #paidleave  #coleg17

The FAMLI coalition is led by 9to5 Colorado with over forty businesses, family advocate organizations and other groups includingColorado Fiscal Institute, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights-COLOR, American Association of University Women, American Sustainable Business Council, AppleJack Wine & Liquor, Asian Pacific Development Center, CO AFL-CIO, Association of Women’s Health & Neonatal Nurses, The Bell Policy Center, CO Center on Law & Policy, CO Children’s Campaign, CO Coalition Against Domestic Violence, CO Consumer Health Initiative, CO Cross-Disability Coalition, CO Education Association, CO Immigrant Rights Coalition, Together Colorado, CO Women’s Bar Association, El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, Elephant Circle, FRESC: Good Jobs Strong Communities, Interfaith Alliance, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, Generation Latino, Mi Familia Vota, NAACP State Conference, NARAL Pro-Choice CO, One Colorado, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, Saridea Engineering, Small Business Majority, The Women’s Foundation of CO and CO Coalition for the Medically Underserved



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