Sandwich Mom to Visit Oregon Legislature to Urge Passage of Family Leave Bill
April 6, 2009
What’s that wandering around the state Capitol? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No – it’s Sandwich Mom! An Oregon mom in a sandwich costume will encourage state lawmakers to support paid family leave by delivering peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with messages from moms across the state immediately following a news conference at:
2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8
Capitol Press Room, State Capitol Building
Confirmed speakers include:
Regan Gray, Children First for Oregon
Andrea Paluso, Parents for Paid Leave
Katie Bethell, MomsRising.org
Gretchen Peterson, Vice President of Human Resources at Hanna Andersson
MomsRising.org, the online grassroots organization for moms and everyone who has a mom, collected the messages from Oregon moms who feel “sandwiched” between competing priorities at work and home, and who are urging the legislature to pass the Family Leave Insurance bill pending in the state Senate. The message delivery will follow the Time to Care for Oregon Families Coalition news conference to push for passage of Family Leave Insurance bill, SB 966.
A steady source of income is more important than ever to families struggling in this economy, but working and taking care of a family should never be competing priorities. MomsRising.org's members are sending hundreds of messages telling lawmakers that family leave policies are more important than ever because they alleviate the stress of trying to balance work responsibilities with taking care of kids or aging parents.
SB 966 would provide six weeks of paid leave for a new baby or an ill family member, out of the twelve weeks of family leave already allotted by law.
At 3pm, the Senate Commerce and Workforce Development Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation.
MomsRising.org Campaign Director Katie Bethel will be on-site at the State Capitol beginning at 2pm to discuss the campaign.