OpEd with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand – Paid Family Leave

By United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Colorado State Representative Faith Winter

New York and Colorado are more than a thousand miles apart. Our states are very different places. But as working mothers, we know that all families, no matter where they are, have the same basic needs.

At the top of the list: Every worker in America, at some point, is going to have to deal with major life events that require time off from work to be with family. Unfortunately, almost all American workers don’t have that option, even when they desperately need it. Instead, when something happens in their family, they’re forced to make an awful choice between keeping their job and their paycheck, or caring for their loved ones without pay, right at the moment when they can least afford it.

We have to change this.

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FAMLI Passed the House

Winter Bill Would Guarantee CO Workers 12 Weeks’ Paid Family and Medical Leave

(April 28) – Rep. Faith Winter’s Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would ensure access to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for Colorado workers, earned final approval from the House this morning.

“In Colorado everyone should be able to be a responsible family member and a responsible employee,” said Rep. Winter, D-Westminster. “Unfortunately that is not the case right now. We have employees who are making the choice to be with their baby in the NICU, or to keep their paycheck. To be with a dying parent or to keep their paycheck. Or even to attend their own chemotherapy or to keep their paycheck. It’s time for us to catch up with the rest of the world and give workers paid family and medical leave for just the cost of a cup of coffee a week.”

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Advances

Winter Bill Would Guarantee CO Workers 12 Weeks’ Paid Family and Medical Leave

(April 27) – Rep. Faith Winter’s Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would ensure access to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for Colorado workers, passed on second reading this morning.

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Advancing Equal Pay

Winter & Pettersen Team Up Again to Advance Equal Pay

(April 4) – Yesterday, Reps. Faith Winter and Brittany Pettersen awarded Elevations Credit Union a tribute recognizing their dedication to equal pay and today announced eight trainings to promote best practices for businesses to achieve equal pay.

“We won’t achieve equal pay until my five-year-old daughter is 46,” said Rep. Winter, D-Westminster. “That’s unacceptable, which is why I honored Elevations Credit Union, a business in my district, for going above and beyond to close the pay gap now, not in 40 years.”

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