Faith Leaders, State Lawmakers and Advocates Came Together to Support Paid Family Leave Legislation

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January 29, 2020

 

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Faith Leaders, State Lawmakers and Advocates Came Together to Support Paid Family Leave Legislation

 

Tallahassee, Fla. – On Tuesday, January 28th faith leaders from across Florida joined state lawmakers and grassroots advocates to urge the Florida Legislature to support legislation for paid family leave.

 

The Florida Family Leave Act, a bill filed by State Senator Janet Cruz and State Representative Tracie Davis (SB 1194 and HB 889), would allow new mothers to take paid family leave to bond with a new child upon the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. 

 

Sadly, 1 in 4 women are forced to return to work within two weeks of having given birth, putting the health of newborn infants and postpartum women at risk. Paid family leave reduces turnover, increases employee retention, and improves productivity. Inclusive paid family leave can even help close the gender wage gap by helping women to stay in the workforce and rise to leadership roles.  

 

To watch a full video of the event, click here. 

 

Representative Tracie Davis, House District 13:

“Many parents are forced to make the choice between having time to bond with their babies or losing their jobs. A baby’s beginning lays the foundation for all. For babies every minute, every interaction are lessons on how the world works, and how they are valued and how people relate to one another.”

 

Rev. Don Tolliver, New Bethel Missionary Baptist:

“Our children are the future. I pay my taxes here just like you do. I pay property taxes, I pay  governmental taxes and I pay state taxes. I need to make sure we do our part in making sure kids come first in our households.”

 

Angie Nixon, an impacted citizen and member of SEIU (Jacksonville):

“This is the second year I’ve had to come to the Capitol to speak on this issue, and I don’t want to come back. I want to leave each of you with a call to action. When you petition your state leaders, don’t just tell them your desire to see it pass and become law. I want you to share your personal stories, remind them of the challenges you have faced to provide for your family.”

 

Rev. Tom Holdcraft, St. Stephen Lutheran Church:

“To be forced to choose between child and paycheck or child and job security is an immoral and unethical. A Family Leave act like the one proposed today would give working parents time to bond and grow in their important parent and child relationship.”

 

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