Celebrating Paid Family Leave with Governor Cuomo, and other news from ABB

Headlines from the Front Lines—May 2016
Celebrating paid family leave in New York
On May 12th, advocates and officials from across New York State gathered to celebrate passage of the strongest paid family leave law in the country. The law, enacted earlier this year as part of the state budget, will provide 12 weeks of job protected paid family leave to workers in New York regardless of the size of their employer. ABB Co-President Dina Bakst introduced Governor Andrew Cuomo, a critical leader in the fight for paid family leave. The governor praised ABB’s work, thanked the entire paid family leave coalition for their efforts, and emphasized that New York’s leadership will boost the paid family leave movement around the country. Governor Cuomo also spoke passionately about the concrete personal impact this law will have for working New Yorkers, saying “paid family leave will change people’s lives.” In honor of his invaluable contributions to the passage of paid family leave, Governor Cuomo received the “Champion for Working Families and Children” award from the New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign.

Outside the new ABB offices in Nashville
We’ve got a new address in Nashville!
This month, under the leadership of Elizabeth Gedmark, Director of the Southern Office, ABB opened a new office space in Nashville, Tennessee, where Elizabeth and new Staff Attorney Cara Suvall will continue ABB’s efforts to build partnerships, raise awareness about the needs of Southern women and families, and replicate our successful model for advocacy to empower communities. Please join us in welcoming Cara, as well as the Southern Office’s summer legal intern, Lauren Barter.
Improving the lives of young women and girls in NYC
Last fall, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council launched the Young Women’s Initiative to identify gaps in services for young women ages 12 to 24, with a focus on women of color. On May 16th, the leaders and organizers charged with crafting policy recommendations to address racial, gender, and other disparities released their findings. Among a variety of other recommendations, the #SheWillBe reportemphasizes the need to expand outreach to low-wage workers regarding their rights to paid sick days and pregnancy accommodations in the workplace. ABB proudly joined fellow advocacy groups on the steps of City Hall to celebrate this important step towards improving the lives of young women and girls in New York City.
Spreading the word about workplace protections for pregnant women and family caregivers
On May 18th, ABB Co-President Dina Bakst joined Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Carmelyn Malalis, and Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity, Azi Khalili, to discuss legal protections for pregnant women and caregivers in New York City. After opening remarks from the panelists, participants broke into discussion groups to ask questions about recent guidance from the CCHR on pregnancy discrimination, and learn more about new amendments that prohibit discrimination in employment based on caregiver status, and housing discrimination based on status as a survivor of domestic violence.  Participants discussed ideas for outreach and community education in all three areas.
Raising up workers’ voices with the White House
On May 6th, ABB attended the White House and the Department of Labor’s Worker Voice Regional Summit. Various local leaders spoke, including Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, and Cecilia Muñoz, the Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, delivered keynote remarks.
Among various issues affecting workers, participants discussed New York’s Paid Family Leave law in a breakout group led by Eric Williams of the New York State Paid Leave Coalition. Workers from the region shared their thoughts on how to educate the public about the law, and asked questions about how the law will work when it goes into effect in January 2018.

the Senate ** CONGRESS 5/26 ** the House

Obama Launches DNC Campaign Tour At Illinois State Capitol

Schedule for Thursday, May 26, 2016

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. All time during adjournment, recess, and morning business will count post-cloture. Unless an agreement is reached, all post-cloture time will expire at approximately 6:00pm.

It is also possible that the Senate reaches an agreement on TSCA during Thursday’s session.


Last Floor Action:
9:13:09 A.M. -H. Res. 751
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 751.

9:00:27 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:33 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:02:06 A.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Hultgren demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hultgren objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
9:02:31 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Hultgren to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:52 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:12:24 A.M. H. Res. 751 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 751 — “Relating to consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2577) making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.”
9:13:09 A.M. H. Res. 751 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 751.