- The passage of 12 weeks of paid family leave is a momentous victory for New York’s families.
- Our state now leads the nation in ensuring that working families have access to this essential and long-overdue benefit.
- We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership, as well as our sponsors, Assemblymember Nolan and Senator Addabbo, and supporters in the Assembly and Senate, including Senator Klein, for years of dedication to passing paid family leave.
- And we applaud the thousands of parents, caregivers, business owners, advocates, healthcare professionals, and everyday New Yorkers who raised their voices for paid family leave and made this legislation possible.
- The New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign, made up of almost 300 organizations and businesses, carrying the voices of tens of thousands of New Yorkers across the state, has been lead by a steering committee consisting of 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, A Better Balance, Citizen Action of New York, Community Service Society, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Paid Leave Coalition, the NYS AFL-CIO, the Working Families Organization, and the NY Statewide Senior Action Council.
- We’ve been able to win several critical elements of a strong paid family leave program including:
- 12 weeks of leave that is phased in over four years to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one.
- A benefit level that starts at 50% of a worker’s own weekly wage up to a maximum benefit of 50% of the statewide average weekly wage in year 1. Both of these phase up in steps each year reaching 67% of a worker’s own wage, and 67% of the statewide average weekly wage in year 4.
- Job protection so New York’s workers have the peace of mind that when they return from leave for critical life moments, they know they have a job to come back to.
- Coverage for all 6.4 million private sector workers in New York who currently lack access to paid family leave. Public sector unions can opt their members in.
- New York now joins the growing chorus of states with paid family leave including California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, along with a national movement calling for paid family leave around the country.
- Paid family leave is an insurance program with premiums of about a dollar per week paid for entirely by employee contributions. This means zero out-of-pocket costs to employers, and because employers aren’t paying the employee on leave’s wages, employers can use that money, if necessary, to pay for any temporary replacement costs or overtime.
- New Yorkers will no longer have to choose between paying the bills and caring for a new child or seriously ill family member.
We have a tremendous amount of momentum but need your help. Next week the State Senate, Assembly, and Governor finalize a budget deal which could include Paid Family Leave, but we need to make sure it is a strong bill that includes 12 weeks of job protected leave covering all size businesses, at a two-thirds benefit level.
Business voices are key, and today at a press conference with many other small businesses, the Community Service Society will premiere a video series featuring some of the many business owners across New York who support paid family leave, explaining in their own words why it is good for their business. Support our small business voices via our social media plan to amplify today’s event.
David Bolotsky, founder and CEO of Brooklyn-based online and catalog retailer Uncommon Goods: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLdavid
Nance Shatzkin, President of Shatzkin Systems: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLnance
Frank Garcia, President and CEO of GoGreen Technology: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLfrank
Ted Doudak, CEO and President of Riva Jewelry: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLted
TAKE ACTION from the 24th, through the weekend and through the 29th: Make sure we have a strong paid family leave bill in the 2016 budget which needs to be finalized by mid-week next week. We need to keep pressure on the State Senate to support a strong bill. Get your friends, neighbors, staff, and members to call their local State Senator and urge them to support a strong PFL bill. Text PaidLeave to 877877 or call 844-254-6882. You can find a Take Action email template here: bit.ly/NYPFLITakeActionEmail
March 23rd: Business Owners Rally for Paid Family Leave in the Capitol
11am @ LCA Room, Capitol, Albany
Join us to raise the voices of business owners in New York supporting Paid Family Leave
Here is the social media plan developed to amplify today’s press conference
March 24th: Long Island Town Hall for Paid Family Leave
6:30pm-8:30pm @ Yes We Can Community Center (141 Garden St, Westbury)
RSVP: Here is a link to the facebook event, and here is a link to the eventbrite.
March 24th: Assemblywoman Galef’s Paid Family Leave Forum
7pm-9pm @ Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building (Croton Village Hall), 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
March 25th to March 29th: Raise your voices to support paid family leave
Send out action alerts to your members, mailing lists, and neighbors encouraging them to call their Senators to support a strong paid family leave bill that includes 12 weeks of job protected leave covering all size businesses, at a 2/3rds benefit level. Find a template here: bit.ly/NYPFLITakeActionEmail
Weekly statewide coalition calls through March
Thursdays at 11am (Next: 3/24, 3/31)
Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/timetocareny
Dial in number: 516-833-3897 PIN: 04191
PFL in the News:
City Council releases legislative priorities in Albany
Gloria Pazmino, Politico, 3.21.16
What New York City deserves from Albany
Editorial Board, amNY, 3.20.16
Long Island Officials Join Push for Paid Family Leave
Advocates rally for paid family leave, lawmakers divided
WRGB Staff, CBS News Albany, 3.17.16
Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal endorsed by north country Planned Parenthood
Watertown Daily Times, 3.18.16
Advocacy groups push for paid family leave
Kyle Hughes, The Saragotian, 3.17.16
Advocates rally for paid family leave, with budget deadline approaching
Kassie Parisi, Politico, 3.17.16
Paid family leave is a smart business investment
Craig Nerenberg, Crain’s NY, 3.17.16
Long Island Elected Officials to Keep Pressure on Albany for Paid Family Leave
Long Island News, 3.16.16
Paid Family Leave Could Be in Final State Budget but not Minimum Wage Hike
WRFA 107.9 FM, 3.16.16
Chamber brings Brooklyn business concerns to Albany
Paula Katinas, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 3.17.16
Paid family leave is the decent thing to do
Sun Community Editorial Board, The Sun Community News, 3.16.16
Lend Us Your Voice! Bring Your Friends and March With Us! #IWALK4WOMEN ::
Below is a copy of a post card the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is sending to Costco and Starkist Company – addresses at the end of the message. You can of course, adjust to your specific situation. Let’s support this campaign by sending a message.
The US imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain:
CCOAHT is a nationwide coalition that represents religious orders and organizations, and is a key leader in the Catholic struggle against human trafficking in the U.S.
During Lent many Catholics eat seafood and abstain from meat to be in greater solidarity with those in need.
The Vatican has announced that it will “slave proof” its supply chain, and many major corporations are following its lead.
Catholics want slave-free seafood this year, and will be vigilant about this as we observe Lent.
We, therefore, kindly urge you to do all in your power to ensure that your supply chains are free of the taint of forced labor.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
999 Lake Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98027
225 North Shore Drive, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The first sign that one is at a women’s empowerment conference is that there are women on the stage at all—the all-male panel discussion remains an inescapable part of modern life. The second sign is the footwear. Picture a horizontal line of 4-inch stilettos, dangling at the eye level of the audience, as the women wearing them sit perched on stools. It appears that the first thing a successful, liberated woman does is slide her feet into the most gait-inhibiting shoes available, ideally in snakeskin.
Lands’ End CEO Federica Marchionni, Women in the World Summit, Apr. 23.
Is Tory Burch on the dais, outfitted in her own designs, talking about how women need to believe in themselves more? How about Diane von Furstenberg, saying, “I have never met a woman who is not strong”? Perhaps Jessica Alba, the actress and co-founder of the Honest Company, which markets nontoxic household products, is in a white armchair, asking Gloria Steinem for “tips for how women can excel in the workplace.” Talk of “finding your power,” followed by a discussion on the glass ceiling (or some approximation), “balance” (as if it existed), and securing a mentor (famously easier for men)—these are all indicators, too.
If Tina Brown, the celebrated former editor of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, is there, you know you’ve reached the summit, literally. Her annual Women in the World Summit, a venture she launched in 2010, has done so well that it sold out 2,500-seat venues four years running and expanded overseas, showing that it was possible to monetize female rage. People pay up to $300 per day to attend, and the summit was profitable from its very first year, thanks to sponsorships by such blue-chip backers as Toyota Motor, Dove, Google, and MasterCard. October’s inaugural Women in the World London was packed morning to night with activists from around the world reliving their struggles, movie stars sharing life secrets, politicians, and royalty. During breaks, women milled around a crowded lounge, nibbling on popcorn and tweeting. Adding to the Burning-Man-for-feminists vibe, a gal in a camel’s hair coat passed out postcards soliciting donations for a Mary Wollstonecraft memorial (“from well before the Suffragettes!”). When asked why she was there, Eddie Harrop, a young handbag designer with a cascade of blond hair, said, “I want to be inspired.” Haseena Latheef, the founder of an ethical online fashion retailer, chimed in that she was also seeking motivation. “You think you’ve got issues in life,” she said, “and then you hear what these women are up against.”
Stefanie Ascherl, an entrepreneur in her early 30s and a women’s conference regular, said these events restore hope. “I think a lot of times, being a woman, we’re expected to do everything—have a family, be productive in business. It’s overwhelming,” Ascherl said, fresh from the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, which attracted 8,000 women to hear Alba, Steinem, and Rachael Ray, among others. She added that expectations of being thin and perfect-looking only add to the stress. “When I come to these events and see all of these women doing all these amazing things—it’s pushing me and motivating me to go forward,” she said. “I wonder—if men just sat down and let women do things, maybe some amazing things would happen.”
There wasn’t much time to contemplate the question, because as soon as Women in the World wound down, more summits were about to begin. In fact, it was possible to spend almost every single day last fall at a women’s empowerment or networking event of some kind. The Monday following Brown’s event saw the opening evening of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, geared toward high-level women in the corporate world. Before that lavish three-day extravaganza closed, two more competing women’s conferences were vying for social media attention: the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, in Deauville, France (“to strengthen the influence of women throughout the world”), and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, in Houston (hashtag #OurTimeToLead).
Dem rep: Companies should disclose gender of board nominees
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wants to force publicly traded companies to disclose the gender, race and ethnicity of their board nominees when soliciting shareholder votes.
In a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White on Monday, Maloney applauded the the agency’s challenge to all Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 companies to set a target of 40 percent women on their corporate boards by 2025.
“In order to meet this target, I urge the SEC to adopt a proposed amendment to proxy statement disclosures to require the clear indication of each board nominee’s gender, race, and ethnicity,” she said. “This proposal, submitted by the leaders of several large public pension funds, will allow investors and policymakers to evaluate companies’ progress towards the ambitious 40 percent goal.”Her letter is a response to the Government Accountability Office report released Monday, which found that women make up just 16 percent of seats on corporate boards.
Even if equal proportions of women and men joined boards each year beginning in 2015, the report said, it could take more than four decades for women’s representation on boards to be on par with that of men’s.
“That means a girl born today will still face the same disparities in the boardroom that her mother and grandmother faced” Maloney said in a news release. “At a minimum the SEC should update its deeply flawed diversity disclosure requirements, so that corporations have to report gender diversity.”
In her letter to the SEC, Maloney said even companies without a formal policy in place do better with women on their boards or a female CEO. She cited a recent report published by MSCI, which found that companies with “strong female leadership” generated a higher return on equity and valuation than companies lacking female leadership, and a 2014 Credit Suisse report that found companies with at least one woman on their board outperformed other companies by 5 percent.
Why are women still underrepresented at every level of today’s corporations? McKinsey has been studying this issue again.