Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its support for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, recognizing that this commonsense legislation is a win-win for the health and economic security of families as well as businesses. We joined with our partners and the U.S. Chamber in a joint letter announcing their endorsement, calling the PWFA “a balanced approach to ensuring that pregnant employees have the maximum opportunity to stay in the workplace, which is critical to the economic security of America’s women and families.” The letter states that the PWFA will remedy extensive confusion, providing businesses with clarity regarding their obligations to accommodate pregnant workers.
A Better Balance was proud to join over 20 advocacy organizations to sponsor the annual Tennessee Women’s Day on the Hill, organized by the Business & Professional Women of Tennessee and the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee. The day began with a breakfast meeting, during which sponsor groups shared information about their key legislative priorities. Elizabeth Gedmark, Director of the Southern Office, spoke about the importance of passing the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would ensure no woman in the state has to choose between a paycheck and a healthy pregnancy. Participants then gathered at the state capitol to advocate for stronger policies for Tennessee’s families and women.
Throughout the day, A Better Balance met with lawmakers to educate them about several issues important to Tennessee’s women and families. Our message was clear: Tennessee’s working families and women need greater protections and support in the workplace. Pregnant workers deserve a clear right to reasonable accommodations to keep them safe and healthy on the job. Tennesseans need paid family leave so that they can take time off to care for themselves or a loved one without sacrificing their income or savings. And parents need paid time off to be involved with their child’s school. Better legal protections would strengthen Tennessee’s families, businesses, and economy. One highlight of this year’s Day on the Hill was our meeting with Tennessee House Minority Leader Karen Camper, who is the first African American to hold this position. We are grateful for her leadership.
We were also proud to support our partner organizations in their efforts to make life better for Tennessee families and women.
We enjoyed this opportunity to join with our amazing partners in advocating for Tennessee families, and we look forward to next year’s Day on the Hill!