Statement from Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave on End of 2016 Legislative Session

For Immediate Release
Monday, May 23, 2016

For More Information Contact:

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

Lars Negstad, ISAIAH
(612) 354-9708

"Nothing is more important than being able to care for our families in times of need. That's why we're so proud of the progress we made this year in advancing the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, in partnership with our legislative champions Senator Katie Sieben and Representatives Jason Metsa and Peggy Flanagan.

"We’re tremendously grateful for the leadership, passion, and commitment of Senator Katie Sieben and the hard work of our coalition that allowed us to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave through the Minnesota Senate this year. We moved our legislation through six committees and off the Senate floor, heard powerful, supportive testimony from Minnesota moms, dads, caregivers, and business owners along the way, made thousands of calls into legislators' offices, and just last week held an inspiring rally on capitol grounds attracting hundreds of attendees, legislative leadership, Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Flint Smith. Few other states have made the strides we have on this critical issue. We've begun a movement and have reason to celebrate.

"While Governor Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Bakk supported our efforts, we’re disappointed that for the second year in a row, House Speaker Kurt Daudt ignored the crisis facing our families, refused to hear our legislation, and blocked passage in the House. 2016 could have and should have been the year we brought Paid Family and Medical Leave to the people of Minnesota.

"We aren't giving up. We believe that Minnesotans should be able to both work and care for themselves and their families. We have a fair, common-sense solution proven effective worldwide and supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. Our coalition represents nearly one million Minnesotans from every corner of the state. Our voices are strong and our commitment unwavering. In the coming months, we will grow our movement, holding conversations in communities across the state and asking each one of you to mobilize into action. Together, we will create an increasingly powerful voice that calls on lawmakers to stand up for our workers and families by supporting passage of Paid Family and Medical Leave in 2017."

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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