Paid Maternity Leave for Educators

We’re happy to share that over 1,200 (as of 9/23/19) CFT members have signed on to our letter to Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, urging the governor to sign AB 500.

Sponsored by CFT, AB 500 would require K-12 school districts and community colleges to provide a minimum of six weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, and recovery for both certificated and classified school employees.

But, we need to keep the pressure up.

Please consider sending the sample email below to your members urging them to sign on to the letter asking Gov Newsom to sign AB 500. If you would prefer to write your own email, please make sure it includes this link to the letter: AB500 Letter of Support.

Please take a moment to send a letter to Governor Newsom today, urging him to sign Assembly Bill 500 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) and stand with educators and support staff who wish to start families.

Hard-working and dedicated educators and support staff should not be forced to decide between starting a family and keeping their jobs. Too many teachers and school workers are currently forced to “schedule” pregnancies based on the school calendar, or to try to get by without pay.

We salute Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for putting forward their ‘Parents Agenda’, aimed at improving the lives of California’s families. Now Governor Newsom has the chance to take a strong stand for our teachers and school workers who wish to start families by signing AB 500.

Please sign and share this letter today!