(New York, N.Y.) The following is a statement from Sherry Leiwant, Co-Founder & Co-President of A Better Balance:
“With the inclusion of paid family and medical leave in the reconciling instructions, the newly released Senate budget resolution is a historic step forward for working families across the country who urgently need economic security as they care for themselves and their loved ones. We are thrilled to see our Congressional leaders recognize that paid leave is an urgent matter of equality, economic recovery, and public health.
At A Better Balance, through our free legal helpline, we hear every day from workers across the country, especially low wage workers and mothers of color, who are forced to make impossible choices as they struggle to protect their health, care for their children and other loved ones, and stay afloat economically. We’ve seen firsthand how well paid leave programs in states like New York are working, offering a critical lifeline for working families.
We thank Senate Budget Chairman Sanders and Majority Leader Schumer for recognizing the critical importance of paid family and medical leave. We will continue fighting to make this essential protection a reality for every worker in the country.”
ABOUT A BETTER BALANCE: A Better Balance is a national legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing justice for workers caring for themselves and their loved ones. ABB is a leader in the federal Paid Leave for All campaign and has played an instrumental role in passing paid leave policies in states across the country.