|NTEU submitted testimony today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in support of paid family leave for federal employees.|
SUMMARY: NTEU submitted testimony today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in support of paid family leave for federal employees.
Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing on “Leading by Example: The Need for Comprehensive Paid Leave for the Federal Workforce and Beyond”. NTEU submitted testimony supporting HR 564, Chairwoman Maloney’s bill on Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees.
The hearing is one more step toward passage of paid family leave for federal employees. As I wrote in our testimony, “I hope that we can continue to work together to build on the momentum of this new paid parental leave and expand it to provide paid leave, or paid family leave, that is available for all situations covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act.” A copy of the testimony is attached.
NTEU has worked with Chairwoman Maloney (D-NY) for many years on this issue. With many the White House and Members of Congress supporting paid leave, there is a real opportunity to achieve it. However, Republican members of the Committee used the hearing to attack federal employees and express outrage about providing another benefit to federal employees who they believe already get too much. They falsely argued that, if given paid family leave, federal employees would only have to work 8 months of the year. Chairwoman Maloney and other Democrats pointed out the fallacy of that argument and we will continue to work with them to push back on these false claims and move this bill forward.
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NTEU Paid Family Leave statement for COR hearing.06.24.21.pdf