Take action: Urge your state lawmakers to pass paid leave

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No one should have to choose between caring for their family and keeping a job. But right now, 1.2 million Massachusetts workers don’t have access to paid leave and are at risk of losing their job should they need the time off to care for a sick family member or new child.

As D.C. politicians try to gut our access to health care and attack our social safety net programs, let’s urge our state lawmakers to pass paid family and medical leave legislation. Take action by filling out this form and feel free to personalize your message to your state lawmakers.

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Massachusetts deserves paid leave

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and a voter, I urge you to pass the Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation (H. 2172, S. 1048).

For most working families in Massachusetts, taking time off of work to care for a sick child or an aging parent is simply not an option. No one should have to choose between their job and doing what is best for their family. And yet, without paid family and medical leave, 1.2 million Massachusetts workers are at risk of losing their job should they take time off of work.

Working families are being pulled in too many different directions. As our population ages, more people need to provide care for elderly relatives. The cost of child care is increasing, but new parents do not have the flexibility they need to bond with their newborns. And as D.C. politicians try to gut our health care benefits and attack our social safety net, it is now critical that Massachusetts step up and defend working families.

In recent years, Massachusetts has made great strides towards a more equitable Commonwealth, establishing earned sick time policies, requiring equal pay, protecting pregnant workers from discrimination, and guaranteeing birth control access. Paid family leave would build on this progress and send the message we support and protect families.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]