In partnership with Family Values at Work. United Methodist Women advocates for paid family and medical leave as part of the Living Wage for All Campaign.
Paid Leave is a Living Wage Issue
Paid family and medical leave is essential to guaranteeing all workers a living wage. Only 17 percent of the private sector workforce has access to paid leave. Low-wage workers are the least likely to have any paid time for caregiving, and they must take unpaid time off from work.
Loss of wages or a job means that even workers earning a living wage see their income drop well below what they need to live.
Unequal access to paid leave exacerbates inequity and reinforces gender and racial stereotypes. Women still shoulder a disproportionate amount of caregiving responsibility and often must quit their jobs or face getting fired to provide that care.
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