As Election Day rapidly approaches, voters across Colorado have the opportunity to approve an initiative — Proposition 118 — that will establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program. And there are several ways for you to get involved!
Only 1 in 5 Coloradans have access to paid family and medical leave to care for a new child, recover from a serious health condition, or care for a seriously ill loved one. The pandemic has shown that this ballot initiative is needed now, more than ever. A Better Balance, which has an office in Colorado, is proud to be a part of this effort and played a central role in drafting the initiative itself. In addition to our legal work, we’re on the ground providing technical assistance and speaking to voters and policymakers across the state on the need for paid family and medical leave.
With ballots hitting mailboxes across Colorado in recent days, here are three ways you can help the Yes on 118 effort:
- Spread the word! Please urge your friends, family, and other contacts in Colorado to vote Yes on 118! You can let them know that the research and experience from paid family and medical leave laws around the country is clear: this is a policy that is good for business, good for families, and good for Colorado. For more information, here is an overview of the initiative and the campaign’s website.
- Social media! Please follow A Better Balance on Facebook and Twitter for updates regarding our work, including Proposition 118, and help to amplify our updates on the Colorado initiative. Here is the campaign’s first TV ad if you would like to share it, and you can follow the campaign itself on Facebook and Twitter.
- Volunteer! The campaign is looking for volunteers to help make calls about the need for paid family and medical leave. All you need is a laptop or tablet with internet access. Sign up here to make calls!
With your continued support, Colorado has the opportunity to join 9 paid family and medical leave laws around the country—and ensure that 2.6 million Coloradans can take up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave when they need to recover from a serious illness, bond with a new child, or care for a loved one in need.