Help with adding state/local orgs to FAMILY Act letter to Congress

allinblogpic1I’m hoping you can help us beef up the FAMILY Act letter to Congress before our goal delivery date (Thursday, October 29). We are focusing on building the list of state groups to really demonstrate the vast and diverse support for the issue and the proposed legislation. If you can ask the partners in states that you’re working with to sign on and distribute this info, that would be fantastic. If an action alert email is at all possible, I can rejig the language included below if that makes it easier, too.


You’ve probably heard that there’s going to be a hill day of action for working families on the same day and that’s why this date is important—it’s really a great opportunity to deliver the letter and capitalize on the fact that so many members of Congress will have these issues top of mind.


Here’s some language you can use and distribute. It includes a link to a flier that summarizes all of the relevant info and can be used at in-person coalition meetings (or shared via email, of course!):


[Name] –


I’m sure you’ve noticed the growing momentum and attention – presidential, congressional, state, private sector and media – around paid family and medical leave. And in honor of National Work and Family Month (October), champions for working families in Congress are hosting a “Working Families Day of Action” focused on paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay and other issues impacting women and families on October 27.


This is a critical moment that we can’t afford miss.


That’s why our partners at the National Partnership for Women & Families, who convene the national paid leave coalition working towards the passage of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, asked me to reach out. Please help us take advantage of this moment by adding the strength of your organization’s support to the FAMILY Act letter to Congress, which will be delivered on October 29.


If you’ve already joined us, thank you! It’s critical that we demonstrate the vast, diverse support for this bill, so please circulate this information to your partners, including at your state and local coalition tables.  To make this easier, the National Partnership has created a flier with all of the relevant information.


WHAT: Organizational sign-on letter to Congress drive demonstrating support for the  FAMILY Act (S. 786/H.R. 1439).

WHEN: October 29, 2015 delivery to Congress.

WHY: No one should have to choose between financial security and caring for a new child, a sick or injured close family

member, or oneself when illness or an accident strikes.

CONTACT: Please feel free to contact me or Christine Sloane ( for more information.


As a reminder, the FAMILY Act would address the fact that millions of workers are unable to take the time they need to care for a new child or deal with a serious illness because they do not have access to paid family and medical leave. This bill, proposed by Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand (NY) and Rep. Rosa Delauro (CT), would provide a solution by creating a national paid family and medical leave insurance program that would provide up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave to allow workers to care of a new child, a critically sick or injured close family member, or oneself in the event of a serious illness or accident. To learn more about the bill and what it would do, please visit


You can view the letter and its current signers and add your organizational voice by visiting or contacting Christine Sloane (


Thank you,


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