The Uncommon Life

Introducing Family Values @ Work

April 3, 2017

Family Values @ Work | Better to Give

UncommonGoods team members are passionate about their work. As partners, parents, sons, and daughters, we’re also committed to family. All workers should be able to balance the two, but most Americans can’t afford to take time off to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one. In fact, the United States is the only industrialized nation without a national paid leave program, and only 14 percent of American workers have access to paid family leave through their employer. Thanks to a lot of active voices (including ours) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the strongest paid leave policy in the United States last year. However, there is still more work to do.

On International Women’s Day, we partnered with Family Values @ Work, a network of coalitions in 24 states working to pass paid leave policies, to launch an interactive map designed for you to learn the status of your state’s paid family leave campaign and take action. As we build on this campaign through Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we are excited to welcome Family Values @ Work to our Better to Give program. Through this partnership, when you choose Family Values @ Work at checkout, we will donate $1 (at no cost to you) to help them in their mission to advocate for inclusive paid family and medical leave policies in the United States.

“UncommonGoods has been a true leader in the fight for paid family and medical leave, implementing its own policy and also advocating for public policies that help all workers—not just those who win the boss or zip code lottery,” said Ellen Bravo, co-director of Family Values @ Work. “The leadership of state coalitions and the private sector is now more important than ever. Many companies have stepped up in recent years because they know paid leave is not only good for families, it’s good for the bottom line.”

Most Americans don’t get paid time off to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one. Click the map to help make paid family leave happen where you live.

Please click here if you would like to donate directly to Family Values @ Work. To get involved in the movement, visit


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