Monday, May 21, 2007

We're Helping Moms and Dads

My huband and I are expecting parents, and we feel that spending quality time with our babies is important. However, we are faced with the fact that we may not be able to afford to do this. As a father he only gets the time off that he has put in for vacation. He feels that if he is lucky he will have two weeks. When you use all the time you have saved up, what does that leave you will when your child is sick or for medical visits etc.

When you read about both parents recieving paid leave for the first year in counties overseas, for example Sweden it makes you wonder where are prioties are here in the United States.
- Mellissa in New York state

My daughter benefitted immensely from having my wife home for the first few months of her life. It took a real toll on our finances, however. This bill is a good investment in the future for all of our kids.
- David in New York state

As a mother of 4 children and at times it was very hard to care for the children while I had to go to work. It would have been nice to spend some time with my children in their formative years.
- Carol in New York state

As a mother of 3 who got no paid time off after the births of my children, I appreciate the importance of this. Let's make this the law of the land.
- Debra in Brooklyn
Parents are calling out for Family Leave Insurance. We're working to help them.

Last week, WFP canvassers were knocking on doors in Queens and Brooklyn. They're talking to constituents of New York State Senators Frank Padavan, Serph Maltese and Marty Golden and collecting letters in support of Family Leave Insurance to send the senators. We'll be knocking on doors and talking to voters until New Yorkers can take paid time off to care for their newborn children (or newly adopted children) and their ailing relatives.

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