|Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM|
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Needs of Mothers Not Being Met in Legislature, Says Group
"Issues important to mothers -- paid sick leave, affordable childcare and domestic violence prevention, for example -- are not being advanced enough in the state Legislature and that needs to change, according to the social advocacy group Mothering Justice, which took its message to the Capitol today.
About 100 moms told lawmakers today that passing a mandatory paid leave policy or gender pay equity legislation are not partisan issues, but issues that impact families every day.
They can make a difference in whether a single-parent household can keep current on their utility bills, for example.
"As mothers, we've always fought for our children, we've always fought for our communities," said Rep. Erika GEISS (D-Taylor). "We've always fought for our schools. And, sometimes, when we're not being listened to, we need to be much louder.”
Too often lawmakers' focus isn't on families, Geiss said. Pushing women back into the workplace after childbirth when the paycheck gleamed from the job hardly pays for childcare costs, was used as an example.
Kelly GARRETT, the mayor pro tem of Lathrup Village and a member of Mothering Justice, said too often parents feel forced to send their sneezing kids to school because they lose a day's work if they stay home with them.
For her, another kid's cold can turn into something much more serious for her child, who has sickle-cell anemia. A statewide sick leave or personal leave policy "is not a luxury. It's a need," she said.
Personally, Garrett said she's been blessed to have jobs that have awarded her sick time. However, the Institute for Women's Policy Research reported 56.3 percent of workers aged 18 and older in Michigan have access to paid sick time. The rest do not (See "Paid Sick Leave Petition Back With Paid Circulators," 4/22/16)."
As a future State Rep in District 3 I will advocate for more paid sick time. The majority of the workforce in Michigan has this benefit. Companies should want to extend this benefit to workers as it increases their job satisfaction and increased that efficiency and performance at the work place. As a teacher I saw to many students coming to school sick, because their parent could not miss another day for fear of jeopardizing their livelihood.