United Methodist Women Support Paid Family and Medical Leave
As you receive your mail-in ballot for this year’s general election, you will notice that Coloradoans have the opportunity to consider approving the paid family and medical leave proposition #118.
United Methodist Women would ask you to review our denomination’s Social Principles and prayerfully consider voting YES for this measure. We believe that paid leave is essential to guaranteeing all workers a living wage. Workplace justice, per our Social Principles, includes fair wages, earned sick time, and paid maternity leave. Unfortunately, a large percentage of private sector employees do not have this benefit.
Paid leave will allow people: to cherish the first months of a child’s life, to enrich the last months of a beloved parent’s, to heal and thrive after their own injury or illness, and to spur the recovery or ease the suffering of a loved one. UMW believes that paid leave boosts productivity, reduces employee turnover and increases consumer spending, which leads to a healthy and competitive economy. We believe that paid leave is critical to a living wage, ensuring no one loses their income for having a baby, an illness or a parent with cancer. In this time of COVID-19 and quarantine, paid leave is critical for an effective health care system, so people can take the time they need for treatment. Thank you for considering our request (and mission) to assist women, children, and youth in Colorado.