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It's time for paid leave in D.C. Support the Universal Paid Leave Act!

It's time for paid leave in D.C. Support the Universal Paid Leave Act!

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Support and pass the Universal Paid Leave Act!

Dear  Council Members,

I urge you to support the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, a proposal that creates an affordable way to make paid family and medical leave available to virtually all workers in Washington, D.C.

Last year, the council's move to provide paid family leave for city workers was an important step in the right direction.

But there's more work to do. Thousands of workers in D.C. are one new child, serious illness or accident away from financial hardship because they lack access to paid family and medical leave.

That's why I urge you to support and pass the Universal Paid Leave Act, especially now when there is growing evidence and support for paid family and medical leave programs. States like California, New Jersey and Rhode Island already have paid family leave insurance programs in place and they are working well, and more and more leading private companies are providing paid leave for their own employees.

Thank you for all you do for our city and for your attention to this critical issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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