Urge Council To Support 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave!

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Councilmember Kshama Sawant says
Just 1 Vote Shy of Winning 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave for City Workers! Urge Councilmembers to Support 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave - Pack City Hall for Final Budget Votes!

Sisters and Brothers,

This week our movement won many important budget victories. We doubled funding for Career Bridge, youth apprentice programs, and for the tenant education and organizing at the Tenants Union and Solid Ground. We helped win an additional $2.3 million to address homelessness, while also increasing funding for YWCA shelters and creating the first U District Urban Rest Stop. But the budget battles are not over.

We can still win 12 weeks paid parental leave for City of Seattle employees – we only need one more vote!

Councilmembers were split 4 -4 on the issue of 12 weeks paid parental leave for City of Seattle employees. Kshama was joined by Councilmembers Nick Licata, Mike O’Brien, and Sally Bagshaw in voting YES. Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Jean Godden, Tom Rasmussen, and John Okamoto voted NO, and Councilmember Bruce Harrell was absent.

Final Budget votes are happening this Monday, November 23, 2 pm at Seattle City Hall.

We need one more vote to win! Here’s how you can help out:

1) Come to City Hall for these Critical Final Budget Votes – Monday, November 23, 2 pm

Councilmembers will vote on whether or not to fund 12 weeks paid parental leave for City of Seattle employees. We need to pack Council Chambers to convince one more Councilmember to vote YES!

2) Email Councilmembers NOW at council@seattle.gov! Urge them to support the budget amendment funding 12 weeks of paid parental leave for City of Seattle employees.

3) Call Councilmembers Now!

Tell them: “I support 12 weeks of paid parental leave! For workers, women, people of color and our newborn children - vote ‘Yes’ to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for City of Seattle employees.”

BRUCE HARRELL – 206-684-8804;
TIM BURGESS – 206-684-8806;
JEAN GODDEN – 206-684-8807;
TOM RASMUSSEN – 206-684-8808
JOHN OKAMOTO – 206-684-8802

If our movement succeeds in showing how important this is for women, people of color, and all working people in Seattle, then we can win 12 weeks paid parental leave for City of Seattle employees. That would be a crucial first step towards winning 12 weeks paid parental leave in Seattle as a whole, in Washington State, and across the country.

Solidarity,

Kshama
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By: Councilmember Kshama Sawant

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