Governor Cuomo announces groups joining the “Strong Families, Strong New York” campaign

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Governor Cuomo is continuing his campaign for paid family leave. In his State of the State, Cuomo proposed an employee payroll deduction to fund the leave time.

Under the Governor’s plan, workers would be eligible to reap 35% of their pay beginning in 2018. In his 30-day budget amendments, Cuomo adjusted the proposal so the amount would rise to 67% of weekly pay by 2021.

“The employee doesn’t have the same amount of power, doesn’t have the same amount of respect in the work place. So we say, paid family leave because there should be a balance between work and family and your life,” said Cuomo.

The Assembly already has passed its own one-house paid family leave proposal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced that advocacy and community-based organizations have joined the “Strong Families, Strong New York” campaign to fight for passage of paid family leave in New York State.

The list of groups endorsing the proposal includes:

· New York State Conference of the NAACP
· Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
· New York Communities for Change
· Make the Road New York
· A Better Balance
· Community Service Society
· National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
· LiveOn NY
· Children’s Defense Fund-New York
· The Empire State Pride Agenda
· Women’s City Club of NY
· Legal Momentum
· Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly/ACACIA Network
· New York Immigration Coalition
· New York City Mission Society
· Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
· United Way of New York City

These groups are endorsing the Governor’s proposal for 12 weeks of paid benefits to allow workers to care for new children or seriously ill relatives. The Governor’s proposal would benefit millions of New Yorkers – especially women, minorities and low-income workers who need it most – in addition to businesses and the economy overall, and would be the most robust such policy in the nation.

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