Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Update

Let the countdown begin! With just a few days left of the 2016 session we are keeping the pressure on the legislature to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave. See our updates below. 1.)    Paid Family Leave Rally a Success!Thank you to every member of our coalition who helped make yesterday’s rally a tremendous success. More than 200 Minnesotans from across the state attended and made our voices heard. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, and our legislative champions, Senator Katie Sieben and Representatives Jason Metsa and Peggy Flanagan all helped us rally and call on Speaker Kurt Daudt to take action, too. An archived stream of the event is here.A small delegation of coalition members, led by clergy from ISAIAH, took time during the rally to deliver a letter and personal stories to Speaker Daudt’s office. While the Speaker refused to meet with our members, members were able to share information, stories, and a prayer with the Speaker’s aide.Footage of the visit to Speaker Daudt’s office is here.See our online rally photo album here.Press Coverage of EventKFGO Radio (MNN Syndicated Story): Dayton urges House GOP to pass family medical leave billKSTP: Hundreds Rally for Paid Family, Medical Leave at Minnesota CapitolWorkday Minnesota: Advocates hope for last-minute conversion on paid family leaveSt. Paul Union Advocate: Advocates stage last-ditch rally for paid family leaveStar Tribune: Mention/PhotosWCCO: Mention2.)    Ask Legislators to Make Paid Family and Medical Leave a Priority in Final NegotiationsPlease help us in asking lawmakers to make our issue a priority in final negotiations. Paid Family and Medical Leave is in the Senate Omnibus Tax Bill. It is still alive and up for debate in Tax Conference Committee. Messages and contacts below for action alerts by email and social media. Please let us know if you are sending out emails so we can keep track!Contact House Leadership and House Tax Conferees

 House Speaker Kurt Daudt – (651) 296-5399 Tax Chair, Rep Greg Davids – (651) 296-5380 Rep Gene Pelowski, Jr. – (651) 296-3806 Rep Steve Drazkowski – (651) 296-3921 Rep Bob Barrett – (651) 296-4312 Rep Chris Swedzinski – (651) 296-6860 Message for House: There’s still time to stand up for Minnesota workers and families. Please join the Governor and the Senate in supporting Paid Family and Medical Leave and make passing a strong Paid Family and Medical Leave program a priority in final negotiations. Contact Senate Leadership and Senate Tax ConfereesSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk - (651) 296-8881 Tax Chair, Senator Rod Skoe – (651) 296-4196 Senator Ann Rest – (651) 296-2889 Senator Lyle Koenen –  (651) 296-5094 Senator Kari Dziedzic - (651) 296-7809 Message for Senate: Thank you for your leadership in advancing legislation to create a Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program. Please make passing a strong Paid Family and Medical Leave program a priority in final negotiations.Thank you all coalition members for your hard work. Keep up the fight in these last few days!