Wisconsin Families, Community Groups to Present “Heartless Award”
to Governor Walker Over Rollback of Family Leave Law
Monday, Feb. 14, 11:30
outside the state office building
819 N. James Lovell St.
Standing up to an unprecedented set of attacks on Wisconsin families, a broad coalition of families, community, labor, religious and health groups will present a “Heartless Award” on Valentine’s Day to Governor Scott Walker, who is backing a massive rollback of the state’s decades-old Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The groups are calling on the Governor to oppose any changes to the Wisconsin FMLA. A new bill would impede thousands of Wisconsin families from caring for their loved ones during health emergencies, after child birth and in other critical moments – and put a roadblock in the state’s ability to rebuild the economy with good jobs and a healthy, productive workforce.
“Wisconsin’s workers are already stretched to the limit – Madison politicians, led by the Governor, should stop their attacks on families,” said Amy Stear, Wisconsin Director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women. “The Governor and State Legislature should uphold their promise to honor families and drop their effort to take away the family leave protections our workers need.”
Among the speakers:
Amy Stear, Director, 9to5 Wisconsin
Sheila Cochran, President, Milwaukee County Labor Council
Theresa Thomas Boyd, Faith Based Community
Angie Trudell Vasquez, working mom benefiting from WI FML
Jason Moon, Iraq War Veteran
State Senator Spencer Coggs
Your Access to Family Medical Leave at Risk! Gov. Walker wants to take away the best of Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave. If he gets his way, it will be harder for you to care for yourself, a sick parent, child or spouse, a newborn or adopted child:
• You can be denied the use of accrued sick time instead of taking unpaid leave.
• You can be forced to use up accrued vacation or sick time before taking unpaid leave.
• You will lose access to FML if you work less than 25 hours a week (current law is 20 hours/week or more)
• You won’t be able to take leave for a new birth or adoption over a stretch of time instead of all at once.
• Proposal gives you NOTHING NEW – federal provisions already apply.
Everyone should be able to care for new or ill family members. Wisconsin’s Family Medical Leave law gives you more freedom, flexibility, and choice when taking unpaid leave from work, than the federal standards. Don’t let him take away your choices!
Call your State Legislator NOW: 1-800-362-9472
Tell them to honor Wisconsin families.
See you on Valentines Day at 11:30 AM in front of the State Office Building!