Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Statement on Star Tribune Editorial

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 20, 2016

For More Information Contact:

Jessica Anderson, CDF-MN 
(651) 855-1188

Lars Negstad, ISAIAH 
(612) 354-9708

In response to today’s Star Tribune Editorial, the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition issued the following statement:

Paid Family and Medical Leave remains an enormously popular, common sense proposal to solve the crisis in caregiving that Minnesotans face. There is no reason this program should not pass this session, without resorting to any nefarious “bargains.”

The Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition is and has always been united in opposing any legislation that would prevent local units of government from improving the lives of working people.

The Star Tribune Editorial Board’s so-called “grand bargain” would mean tens of thousands of low-wage workers would lose out on paid sick days, protection from wage theft, and a potentially higher minimum wage.

The Star Tribune aptly recognizes how reasonable the Senate’s proposal is for paid family and medical leave insurance – a program that would allow access to partial wage replacement during extended leaves for new child bonding and caring for family members with serious illness. However, the newspaper dismisses the tens of thousands of low wage workers, a majority of whom are women and people of color, who don’t have the choice to stay away from work when they need to care for themselves when ill or tend to a family member confronting short-term health concerns - events that wouldn’t be covered by the insurance program.

The Star Tribune’s ill-advised idea pits one group of workers against another. The Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave coalition will not engage in a “grand bargain” that lifts up some Minnesotans to the detriment of others.

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Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave is co-chaired by:

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, ISAIAH, and the Minnesota AFL-CIO

Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave: AARP, AFSCME Council 5, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, Coalition for Women’s Economic Security, Communications Workers of America State Council, Education Minnesota, Family Tree Clinic, Gender Justice, Gray Panthers, ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action, Main Street Alliance of Minnesota, Minnesota AFL-CIO, MAPE, Minnesota AIDS Project, Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Open Access Connections, OutFront Minnesota, River Valley Action, SEIU-Minnesota, Take Action-Minnesota, UFCW Local 1189, Working America