POLICY

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Elder Care

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.

Key facts: 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. Every 8 seconds, someone in the U.S. turns 65 years old!

Child Care

Parents in the US are far less happy than in any other developed country in the world, and research shows lack of support for new parents is the main culprit -- including a lack of access to safe, quality,  affordable childcare.

We need more support for quality, safe and affordable childcare. Child care in the US is so expensive that it often equals or rivals the salary of one parent -- forcing tough choices to keep kids safe, nurtured and educated.

We pay people as much to watch our cars (as parking lot attendants) as to watch our kids.  The people providing care for our kids are working hard at one of the most important jobs in the world, and still struggling - living paycheck to paycheck.   

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.

Key facts: The U.S. has the third-highest child care costs for families among developed countries; the U.S. spends less money than other countries helping families afford child care.

Paid Family Leave

New parents in the US are less happy than in any other developed country in the world, and research shows lack of support (lack of paid parental leave, affordable child care, paid sick days, etc.) for new parents is the main culprit.

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 -- but only 13% of Americans have any paid family leave through their employers.

Unpaid leave is a tremendous financial burden that many parents can’t afford -- essentially blocking them from caring for new infants. 40% of families don’t even have access to federally protected unpaid parental leave.

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.

Earned Sick Days

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Equal Pay

  • Everyone should get equal pay for equal work.
  • All women are affected by pay inequality in America, regardless of income, age, or education. However women of color make less than what a white man in America makes for the same job:
    • Black women make only 60 percent of the earnings of white men  (Source: Make it Work)
    • Hispanic women: 55 percent of the median earnings of white men (Source: Make it Work)
  • We support the Paycheck Fairness Act as a key step to promoting equal pay for equal work and stopping wage discrimination.
    • It empowers women to negotiate for equal pay, and strengthens federal education and enforcement efforts while incentivizing employers to follow the law.
  • We support pay transparency to help achieve equal pay accountability and strengthen enforcement.
  • Women, primarily women of color, make up the majority of minimum wage workers. A $15 minimum wage floor is an essential step to pay equality.  

 

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