Gov. Eliot Spitzer is pushing behind the scenes to win legislative backing for a plan that would give workers several weeks of paid leave to care for newborn children or seriously ill family members.How do you show your support for paid family leave? Sign the card!
Under the plan — which would make New York one of three states to provide paid family leave — workers could take up to 12 weeks per year off, with a maximum benefit of $170 a week.
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While Mr. Spitzer has been able to line up the support of the Democratic-controlled Assembly, advocates of the plan say he has not yet been able to gain enough support in the Republican-controlled Senate.
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"For the first time, it will allow working New Yorkers to take the necessary time to care for a sick family member or bond with a newborn child without going broke," a top Spitzer aide said.
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Labor unions, women's groups and the Working Families Party have been the primary advocates of paid leave.
"It's a common-sense reform, and for the governor it looks like a win-win," said Daniel Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party. "We're still going to have to persuade the Republican Senate on this, but it feels doable because this is a very popular idea."
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