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Families face a shortfall of time and money for care.  A majority of America's children have no one at home full-time to care for them, while others, including the elderly and people with disabilities, increasingly need care.  Jobs divide employees into those with high pay, benefits, but long hours and little time for family or leisure, and those with low wages, few benefits, and insufficient flexibility and financial resources to care for their families.  We can and should do better.  Working families have fundamental rights to financially sustain and to care for themselves and their families.  These rights include:

  1. The right to annual paid family, medical and personal leave for full- and part-time employees. Minimum standards for leave are:
    1. two weeks of employer-funded paid personal leave for all employees to be taken at the time of their choosing.
    2. seven days of employer-funded sick time for personal or family illness
    3. 12 weeks of paid leave for parents of newborn, adoptive and foster children, and for serious illness of the employee, a child, a parent or other relative, spouse or partner.
    4. 16 hours of employer-funded leave to be taken in small increments for doctor's appointments, parent-teacher meetings, and other small necessities.
  2. The right to negotiated flexibility over work hours and place:
    1. the ability to shift between full-time and reduced hours as family and personal circumstances change.
    2. equal pay rates and at least pro-rated benefits for reduced hours employees
    3. no mandatory overtime.
    4. flexible schedules and place of work, mutually agreed upon by employees and employers.
  3. The right to quality, affordable child and elder care.
  4. The right to a minimum wage set at a living wage level and indexed to inflation.
  5. The right to adequate health insurance for all.

These rights shall apply to all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, or marital, family or disability status.

Respectfully Signed,
9to5 Colorado9to5 National Association of Working Women
9to5 Poverty Network Initiative - Wisconsin9to5, Atlanta Working Women
A Better Balance: The Work & Family Legal CenterActivistas
Alternatives to Marriage ProjectAmalgamated Transit Union, Local 192
Asian Law CaucusBay Area 9to5
Cambridge Women's CommissionCenter for the Education of Women, Univ of Mich
Center for Women and WorkCenter for WorkLife Law
Coalition of Labor Union WomenCoalition of Women from Asia and the Middle East
CWA Local 9575CWA Local 1034
CWA Local 9423DuPage NOW
Equal Rights AdvocatesFamily Caregiver Alliance
Family Voices NJFrench-American Foundation
Georgia Stand-Upharmonyhope
harmonyhopeIntegral Work/Life Consulting
Labor Project for Working FamiliesLolitek Consulting
Maine Women's LobbyMassachusetts Paid Leave Coalition
MIT Workplace CenterMOTHERS (Mothers Ought To Have Equal Rights)
National Council of Women's OrganizationsNational Employment Law Project
National Organization for WomenNational Partnership for Women & Families
New Jersey Citizen ActionNew Jersey Time to Care Coalition
Purdue University Women's Studies ProgramSan Mateo County Central Labor Council
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of NJThe Mothers Movement Online
The Take Care NetWider Opportunities for Women
Women's Business Development CenterWomen's Opportunity Link of DE, Inc.
Working Innovations, Inc.WorkOptions.com
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Jocelyn AkerTeresa Aker
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   University of Massachusetts Boston
Gloria Albrecht
Eveli AlcazarTammy Allen
   Associate Professor, University of South Florida
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   Rutgers University
Mary AngertLizbeth Aponte
   William Paterson University
Eileen Appelbaum
   Rutgers University
Peggy Arcadi
   Mothers At Work
Diego Arias
   Latino Education and Retention Network / Chair
Rhonda Aronwald
Mary BaileyKelly Bainbridge
Chardie Bairdreina baires
Darleen BakerDean Baker
   Center for Economic and Policy Research
Waling BanaAgLee Ann Banaszak
Vicki BartoliniElizabeth Bastos
P BattistelliBeverly Baty
Lauren Beauseigneur
   Penn State University, IR/HR Graduate Student
Chawki Belhadi
   University of Texas at Arlington
Lissa BellChris Benner
   Pennsylvania State University
Jacqueline BennettMary Bennett
Rachel BennettDebra Berke
   Messiah College
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Valerie & David BloomWilliam Stuart Bloom
Lee BoesMindy Boffemmyer
Patricia Boling
   Purdue University, associate professor
Ann Bookman
Wendy BordeauEileen Boris
Heather Boushey
   Center for Economic and Policy Research
Michael Bowser
Terri BoyerCaitlin Bozman
Kirsten Branigan
Ellen Bravo
   9to5, the National Association of Working Women
Jeanne BrownLauren Brown
   Boston College-Student
John W. BuddTara Buldo
Heather Bullock
   University of California - Santa Cruz
Angela Burgess
   MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Houston -
Virginia Byrdpatrice cardone
   verizon mailroom clerk
Kalee CarrollJillian Carter
Maureen ChangSandra Chapin
Lynette Chappel-Williams
   Cornell University
Susan Chase
Sherri Chiesa
   UNITEHERE, Executive Vice President
Emil Chuck
Loren Churchin
   Westinghouse/ Human Resources Intern
Leslie Cintron
Britteny Cioni
   Colorado State University/Adjunct Faculty
La Shonda Collier
Andrea CommakerHolly Cooper
Sonya CostenNancy Costikyan
Julie CovingtonRobin Creager
Ann Crittenden
Ann Crouter
joseph croweALNEY CRUZ
Jennifer CullenJohn Curtis
   American Association of University Professors
Susan DailyCiara Daniels
Kelly DavisPaul Davis
Leslie de PietroKris De Welde
   University of Colorado, Boulder
Cindi DeanSally Dear
   Binghamton University
Barbara DeFlumeri
Leslie dePietro
   Univ of Mich (ret'd)
Luisa Deprez
   University of Southern Maine, Professor
Kemberly Dershem
Stephan Desrochers
   Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Maine
Brandon Diaz
   Pennsylvania State University
Christine Diaz
   Legislative Chair of IAMAW Local 2339H
Jillian Dickert
Anna DiekMeredith DiMola
Donna Dolan
   Communications Workers of America
Anne Donadey
Lori DorfmanNancy Dowd
   Professor of Law, University of Florida
Annie DowneyDiana Drago
Eva DragoJohn Drago
Robert Drago
   TakeCareNet, Penn State
Sophia Drago
Maureen DuaneKesia Duarte
   Home take care
Kesia Duarte
   Take care
Lynn Duggan
Mary Beth Dukespatricia durso
Teresa DursoAlison Earle
   Northeastern University
Riane Eisler
   President, Center for partnership studies
beth eller
kati eller
Paula England
Suzan EremJon Erickson
Sarah Beth Estes
   Assistant Professor of Sociology
Rachel Estroff
   Graduate Student
Genevieve EvansBarbara Eversole
   Assistant Professor, Indiana State University
Meghan FalveyBeth Faria
Lori Farrer
   Family and Consumer Sciences Western Michigan Univ
Ronnie Feit
   Nat'l Congress of Neighborhood Women, Bd.
Deborah FigartMartha Fineman
   Professor - Emory University School of Law
Christine Firer Hinze
   Fordham University
Netsy Firestein
   Labor Project for Working Families
Amy FishNancy Folbre
   Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kimberly Fox
   Loyola University Chicago
Jacqueline Fralley
   Labor Heritage Foundation
Michael FrancisMelissa Freiburger
   Sociologists for Women in Society
Mindy Fried
Stew Friedman
   Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project
Rita FristoeKrystal Froats
Elizabeth Frye
   Rutgers University/ HRM Graduate Student
Kathi Fuller
Frank Furstenberg
   Prof. of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
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Cynthia Gabriel
   University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Fellow
Daria Gabriel
Monique GalizioJamela Galloway
Jackie GardnerSarah Garrett
   UC Berkeley
Mary Gatta
   Center for Women and Work
Jennifer Geertsma
Jennifer Geiger
   Tech Solutions Audio Visual/Owner
Hilary Gerber
Kathleen Gerson
   Professor of Sociology, New York University
Naomi Gerstel
Rita Ghilani
   President, Programs for Working People
Emily Gilchrist
Jennifer Glass
Lonnie GoldenMaria Goldsholl
Leslie GompfSara Goodkind
Janet Gornick
   Professor of Political Science, CUNY
Mary Ellen Gornick
   Workplace Options
Jodi GrantMary Joan Graves
   Synchronicity Etc.
Terrell GreeneMargaret Greer
Jovida Guevara-Ross
   Associate Director, The Women's Building
Aramis Gutierrez
   Nontraditional Career Resource Center of NJ
Kelli GutierrezHilary Haas
Efrat HadarEreney Hadjigeorgallis
   Assistant Professor, NM State University
MaryScott HagleTara Hahn
Monica Halas
   Greater Boston Legal Services/Senior Attorney
Leslie Hammer
Amanda Hansell
Jennifer Harned Adams
Mona HarringtonCynthia Harrison
Barry Hart
   Boston DSA
Heidi Hartmann
   Institute for Women's Policy Research
Angela Hattery
   Wake Forest University
Ron Hayduk
Ariane Hegewisch
   Center for WorkLife Law
Mareena Heiser
Jordanna HertzRosanna Hertz
Jerri HertzbergJodie Hertzog
Janna HewenHeather Hewett
Jody Heymann
   McGill University
Erin Higgs
Billie HillAlexis Hitchings
Laura HitchingsAllison Hoffman
Carol HoffmanArlene Hofmann
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Richard Holober
Carla HoltKathryn Hood
Chloe HopeNicole Horne
Susan Hornepenelope huang
   Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford U
brad hubbardArwa Ibrahim
Chris InceDavie Ingram
   New Jersey City University
Michelle IssadoreCynthia Jagodzinski
Margaret JeronimoJane Jiumaleh
Carole Joffe
   U.of Califronia, Davis
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saucerarmi John
Michael JohnsonShenethia Jones
   Be Complete WLB Consulting
Susanna JonesCynthia Jordan
Mechele Judd
Peggy Kahn
Rachel Kahn-Hut
   Professor of Sociology, Emerita
Lynn Kamenitsa
   Northern Illinois University/Associate Professor
Anne Kasper
   Montgomery County Maryland Commission for Women
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E. Brooke KellyErin Kelly
   University of Minnesota
Kimberly Kelly
   Graduate Student, University of Georgia
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   dresses,prom dresses, evening dresses, wedding dre
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Tanya Kennedy
   University of Houston/Lecturer
Erika Kern
   Penn State University
Matthew Kerwin
Beth KiktaTricia Kinch
Robert KingLori Kirk
Lori KletzerPaula Kline
Mary Joan Koch
Shelley Koch
Thomas Kochan
   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Erin Kowal
Laura Kramer
   Montclair State University
Marilyn Kraut
Robert KreiserJudith Kroll
Steve Kunysz
   Director, CWA Local 9400
Terry Kush
Kevin KvalvicSharaunta Laird
   Healthcare Industry
Rachel LambertPaul Landsbergis
Marty Langelan
   President, Turning Anger into Change
Kimberly Langley
Carol LauferJoann Leonard
Robert LeonardSharon Lerman
   Working Innovations, Inc./ President
Carolyn Lerner
   Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman
Anita Levy
Yao LiuCassie Lively Logan
Lori K. LongCarolina Lozada
   Latin American Women's Organization
Ann Lynch
Rachel Madden
Debra MajorWendi Maloney
Luana ManaloBetty Mandell
   Bridgewater State College, Professor Emerita
Linda MarksStephen Marks
Jessica Masterson
   Center for Women and Work
Erica Mathis
Sommer MaxwellElaine McDuff
Madeline McKee
Gretchen McMullen
Mary McNultyDale Melcher
   UMass amherst Labor Center
Coriander MeliousLaurie Mellas
Sue Falter Mennino
   Assistant Professor of Sociology, Loyola University
Linda Meric
   9to5, Natl Assn of Working Women/Director
Maria MezaCecile Mielenz
Marianne MilliganPeter Miraldi
Joya Misra
   University of Massachusetts
Gemma Mitchell
Peggy Mitchell
   Child Care Specialist
Elizabeth Mitloehner
Erin MohanCarrie Moore Barksdale
Marcy MorrisonMikki Morrison
Jeylan Mortimer
   U of Minnesota/Professor
Karen Moses
Robert MoyerHawwa Muhammad
   Rutgers University
Julie A. NelsonMargaret Nelson
Laurel NewmanAnne Nolan
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   Lolitek Consulting, Founder
Wendy Oser
Susan ParishBrenda Parker
Alicia PascuaTammika Patterson
Rosie PellizzariMaureen Perry-Jenkins
   University of Massachusetts Amherst
Anthony PettineStephen Pimpare
   Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Kristen PipesCharles Plichta
Keri PlichtaMarilyn Power
   Sarah Lawrence College/Professor of Economics
Darylyne ProvostKarolyn Quianthy
Kate QuinnPhyllis Raabe
   Sociology Dept., University of New Orleans
Jacqueline Rae
Jennifer Rehm-Clark
   Founder/Executive Director, WOLDE
Karin Retskin
Brittany Reutzeltrisha rhoades
Barbara Risman
   C-Chair Council on Contemporary Families.
Erin Ritchey
   Penn State University
Joyce RittenburgDan Robbin
Amanda RobertsLouie Rocha
   President/CWA Local 9423
Mary Rohrer-DannPatricia Roos
Nancy Rose
   Cal. State Univ.
Ellen Rosen
   Women's Tudies Research Program
Ruth Rosen
   UC Berkeley
Linda Roundtree
Cherese Ruffin
   Ph.D Student, University of Chicago
Carlton Ruley
Gail Ryall
   Coalition of Labor Union Women
erica samples
Theresa Sanchez
   BCTGM Local 1
Suzanne AKA Soosan Sarvian
Snow Schaefer
Liane Schalatek
Julia Scheerer
   M.A. lecturer at the university of Muenster, germa
Anders Schneiderman
Rob Schobert
Nancy Schwartz
Melissa ScopillitiNancy Segal
Laura SilverLeigh Ann Simmons
Louise Simmons
   Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Paul Simpson, M.D.
Charles SiutaKeon Skelton
John SladewskiAmanda Smith
Robert SmithAnastasia Snyder
Catherine SolomonJoan Spade
Christann Spiegel
   Brandeis University
Diane Spokus
   Penn State Universtiy
Joey SpragueSarah Standiford
Kai Dawn StaufferMary Ann Steger
Jennifer StotterAshley Streetman
laurie sudolBeth Sullivan
Jennifer Swanberg
   University of Kentucky
Cassandra Tarin
Monique TavaresSusan Tenner
brandon thomas
Kristina Thomas
Leann TiggesNoelle Torres
Mary TriggJoan Tronto
Mary Tuominen
   Associate Professor, Denison University
Pamela Valera
   University of Iowa
Pamela Valera
   University of South Carolina
Amy Vance
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Erika Vela
   Rutgers University, student
Yury Vela
   Rutgers University
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   Carthage College
Mary Wachsmuth
   WIC/Nutrition Assistant
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   Rutgers AAUP-AFT/Staff Representative
Paget WalkerJean Waltman
Shelley Waters BootsMark Watson
Brian WearingEvan Wearing
Trista WearingJill Weber
Hanne Weedon
   Third Path Institute
Stacia Weiner
Jessica Weinstein
Alison Weiss
Christian Weller
   Center for American Progress
Peter Whalley
Karen White
   Rutgers University
Krista White
Lori Wiebold-Lippisch
   University of Kansas
Michael Williams
   AFSCME Local 446 / President
Nicole WillmsSherry Wilson
Sarah WinslowSteven Wisensale
   School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut
Judith Wittner
   Professor of Sociology, Loyola University
Dorian Woods
Shane WriglesworthHeather Wyatt-Nichol
Brenda Wyss
   Assistant Professor of Economics, Wheaton College
Karen Yarbrough
Crystal Yost
   University of Washington
Elizabeth Zachai
Dennis ZajacMichele zajac
Rosemary Zajac
Marsha Zakowski
   Coalition of Labor Union Women
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   CJ&Y Organization
Yamilett Zamora
   CJR&Y Organitation
Dace Zeps
   WI Women = Prosperity/Self Sufficiency Subgroup
Christine Zook
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