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Pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act immediately!
Dear Member of Congress,
In the United States, more than 32 million private sector workers cannot earn paid sick days and only 19 percent of workers have paid family leave through an employer, leaving tens of millions to choose between their health and a job when illness strikes. During a pandemic, this is an economic and public health catastrophe in the making. Those harmed the most are more likely to be women of color, workers with lower incomes, and individuals who work in service industries and are therefore more vulnerable to contagion. The Families First Act would provide emergency paid sick days and paid leave, and would extend the use of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for public health emergencies. It would also provide critical coverage for parents and caregivers in the event that schools and other facilities are closed. These measures will help workers, businesses and our health care system. The bill also would also go further by enacting a permanent paid sick days standard, ensuring that our nation is healthier, more economically secure, and prepared and protected in the event of future crises. I urge you to show you care about the safety and well-being of working people and families around the country by passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act with strong paid sick days and paid leave provisions.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]