POLICY

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Thank you for taking the pledge

Elder Care

Every 8 seconds, someone in the U.S. turns 65 years old. And, as advances in healthcare and medicine extend our lifespans, it is estimated that at least 20% of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65 by 2030. Yet, we are in the midst of an elder care crisis: costs are skyrocketing, quality care is out of reach for many people, and many seniors are unable to remain at home or in their community and receive the care they need. We need to create an affordable and sustainable care infrastructure for seniors that addresses quality of care, quality of care jobs, and a path to citizenship for the immigrant care force.

Child Care

The U.S. has the third-highest child care costs for families among developed countries, and spends less money than other countries helping families afford child care. We need more support for quality, safe, and affordable childcare, as well as quality jobs for those caring for our children. We support making sure that no family pays more than 10% of their income for flexible, high-quality child care options and ensuring a living wage for the early care workforce.

Paid Family Leave

Only 13% of Americans have any paid family leave through their employers. 40% of families don’t even have access to federally protected unpaid parental leave. Unpaid leave is a tremendous financial burden that many parents can’t afford. Paid family leave can combat poverty, give children a healthy start, and lower the wage gap between women and men by providing a structural support system to balance work and family. We need 12 weeks of guaranteed and paid family and medical leave so that all parents can take paid time off when they are caring for a new child, for a seriously ill family member, or recovering from their own serious illness.

Paid Sick Days

Nearly two in five private sector workers are denied paid sick days. In the past four years, one in seven low wage workers were fired because they or their family member was sick. Paid sick days is a matter of economic security; no parent should have to choose between keeping their job or their paycheck and taking care of a sick child. We must ensure that all working people earn at least seven paid sick days from their employer to recover from their own illness or injury or to take care of a sick family member.

Fair Pay

Women, primarily women of color, make up the majority of minimum wage workers. We support a $15 minimum wage floor as an essential step to achieving pay equality. We also support measures to close the pay gap. A white woman working full-time is paid 79 cents for every dollar a man is paid. Black women are paid only 60 cents, and Hispanic women only 55 cents. On average, that is $11,000 lost per year. We support the Paycheck Fairness Act as a key step to promoting fair pay and stopping wage discrimination. We also support pay transparency to help achieve equal pay accountability and strengthen enforcement.

 

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