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Workers, parishioners and lawyers urge Congress to invest in the care industry

Workers, parishioners and lawyers urge Congress to invest in the care industry

Little Falls, New Jersey – August 26 – Families, workers, lawyers, and other community members gathered at Montclair State University today to call on Congress to invest in caring
Business. Speakers highlighted the importance of our care economy and shared personal stories
the consequences of a lack of investment in our human infrastructure and challenged Congress
Introduce national paid family leave, invest in childcare and expand and support childcare work.

“With the American rescue plan, Congress has made bold investments in our families, our children
and the health of our nation. We expanded the child tax credit, made direct payments to
hardworking families, made sure that homeowners and tenants could keep a roof over their heads, and
Shoot people in the arms, ”said US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). “We’re moving towards
We are the adoption of the bipartisan infrastructure law and the budget reconciliation in both chambers
ready to make even bigger one-off investments that will have tremendous benefits
for future generations. I appreciate the work of all the local lawyers on this important one
Problems and look forward to continuing to work with them as we Build Back Better. “

“From day one, we’ve focused on building a stronger and fairer economy that works for
any New Jersey family, “said Governor Phil Murphy. “Together we were able to expand what we paid
Family vacations, investing in Pre-K and providing affordable childcare for working families. Well, with the
At the federal level, President Biden is pursuing many of these initiatives. I am proud to support
the President’s full Build Back Better agenda for bold and ambitious investments in both
and human infrastructure.

“As a working mother of four children, I know firsthand how important childcare and paid parental leave are
Families as well as our businesses and our communities. Child care in the country was already
in the crisis. The pandemic has only exacerbated this problem, and not addressing it has only hampered it
the economic recovery of our country. Too many families – especially working mothers – have problems
get back to work because of persistent childcare issues and now is the time to fix that
This. I am proud to be part of the NJ Time to Care Coalition’s struggle for a state-paid family
leave and support working parents, ”said US Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ).

During the event, the organizers highlighted important reforms in the budgetary vote of the Congress
Package, including national paid family and sick leave, as well as investments in childcare and
Caregivers. Nurses and other speakers shared their experiences with the need for pay
Non-working time to care for loved ones, challenges in accessing and delivering quality, affordable
Childcare and struggle to get by on poverty-level wages and no social benefits.

“In contrast to most advanced industrialized countries, the care infrastructure in the USA is unfair,
is underfunded and does not adequately meet the needs of everyday families, ”said Yarrow
Willman-Cole, Program Director for Workplace Justice at NJ Citizen Action. “Nurses
and working families, often among the most vulnerable, have suffered poor conditions
and compensation for far too long. It is time that Congress took this opportunity to move forward
Guidelines for the care infrastructure of our country. And significantly, we can finally end our infamous
Status as practically the only country without paid family leave. “

While New Jersey has a high-paying family and illness program, the US is the only one
Industrial country – and one of the few in the world – without a national paid family vacation.
Workers are demanding extensive paid family and sick leave that is part of the build
Previous Better stimulus plan. They willingly requested at least 12 weeks of paid vacation
available, with those earning the lowest wages receiving the highest percentage of wages while in employment
Vacation, the opportunity to take vacation to take care of all loved ones and workers to return there
or equivalent job to ensure they can take the time they need and to create fairness and employers

“My daughter could afford to take time off after lung cancer surgery to look after me
to New Jersey’s paid family vacation program and it made all the difference in the world for me and
for my recovery. I believe that paid family vacation is a fundamental right that everyone should have
justified. Now is the time for Congress to adopt the first national paid family vacation program in
the US, “said Permelia Toney-Boss, attorney for Voices of Workers with the Paid Leave
for all. “It would be shameful if we didn’t guarantee paid vacation to everyone when we get out of life
After the pandemic, it must be a central part of recovery for everyone. “

The speakers also called on Congress to add $ 400 billion in budget adjustment to expand enlargement
Access to Medicaid home and community services for the elderly and those with
Disabilities and nursing empowerment. Such investments help the people in their
Homes and churches longer than usual. They called for basic care
Blue-collar workers, domestic servants, and key workers to earn a viable wage.

“As a house keeper and organizer, $ 15 an hour is not enough because of the high level
Cost of Living in the US. Home care workers, farm workers, laundromat workers and
other vital workers deserve to live with dignity rather than in the precarious position we face
currently facing. We love the work we do and we deserve better, said Evelyn Sanz, a
Home care worker and organizer with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “The
The state must invest in our care, in our health system, so that care becomes affordable
for everyone and not a luxury good for a few. We need investments in elderly care, a
a better care system for our heroes and heroines in our disabled community, for our children and
for workers. So today we are demanding that Congress earn at least $ 400 billion
Investing in our communities.

Families and lawyers urged the legislature to set up comprehensive childcare and early on
Education system that works for our nation’s children, families, educators, and the economy.
Congress needs to ensure that the Atonement Act provides a solid investment in childcare, with it
that no family spends more than 7 percent of their income on childcare and that many families can
Access to care free of charge. Childcare must and can be accessible, culturally relevant, safe
offered by childcare facilities of various types. Workers also need a living wage with benefits
such as paid vacation.

“The pandemic made it impossible for me to return to work after my maternity leave because I
planned when my daughter was born. But they made difficulties in accessing affordable childcare
to work a lot harder again and it took a lot longer, ”said Dominique Virgo, mother
and employees of school protection. “Everyone should be able to afford after the
Having a new child like I could do and finding quality, affordable childcare if they are
ready to work again. Congress needs to do the right thing and pass laws that will help
working families. It is time to take action because taking care of our families cannot wait. “

The “Care is Essential” event had the motto “Sandwich Generation” and offered everyone free ice cream
Attendees. The sandwich generation refers to adults who support both at the same time
aging loved ones and young children, be it financially, physically, or emotionally.

“As a mother of four with a temporarily disabled spouse, it is important to my family
that we have access to programs that support us. High quality child care protects all children
and healthy. It is important to give every child the tools to succeed at such a critical time in their life
social and emotional development. These building blocks form the foundation for a lifetime
of success, ”said Habibah Johnson, a working mom from Hudson County. “And
Paid family leave enables families to look after their loved ones in times of need. It is our time
Executives prioritize our families and invest in our caring economy. “

The speakers stated that solid public investment in care infrastructure is creating jobs in
twice as much as traditional brick and mortar investments and will detract from growth in the US
Demand for care services as the population ages. They argued that investing in care
Infrastructure would promote racial, gender and economic equality.

“Supporting a resilient welfare economy is essential to end the crisis women are facing in
in the workplace, ”said Helen Archontou, CEO of YWCA Northern NJ. “As a working mother
Carer for my aging mother and leader of an organization whose mission is to empower
Eliminating women and racism I have a great understanding of the issues on all sides. – It is
It is critical to pass laws that prioritize the essential services that nurses provide to all of our employees
Municipalities. “

“A budget that invests in a robust care infrastructure will strengthen families and stimulate our economy
Parents to work and millions more good jobs to be created. It will be both job enabling and job
To start businesses, improve them and keep mothers and caregivers in the jobs they need, ”said
Executive Director / CEO & Co-Founder MomsRising Together & MomsRising Education
Fund, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.

The event was sponsored by NJ Citizen Action, NJ Time to Care Coalition, Advocates for
Children of NJ, MomsRising, NJ 11th for Change, BlueWaveNJ, Planned Parenthood Action
Fund, New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, YWCANNJ, the Statewide Parent
Advocacy Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the Center for Autism And Early
Childhood Mental Health from Montclair State University.

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