Supporting Working Moms Act
Tell Congress to Support the Supporting Working Moms Act (SWMA)!
Federal law currently provides mothers reasonable break times to express milk in a private, non-bathroom location, for one year after the child’s birth. Yet this provision only applies to “nonexempt" (hourly wage-earning) employees. While this provides protection and support for the most vulnerable workers, this distinction in the law was unintentional and is causing confusion about who is covered and how to implement it efficiently and fairly in all worksites.
The SWMA bill (H.R. 1941, S. 934) would expand existing federal law to cover approximately 12 million salaried employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers.
CALL TO ACTION:
1. Ask Senators and
Representatives to co-sponsor the bill!
2. Contact committee chairmen to put the SWMA to vote and move the bill to the floor!
What Can YOU do to help? Here are some Easy Action Tools:
- Share the Infographic (below) on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or other social media
- Share the Video (below) on social media!
- Tweet @ the members of the Congressional Subcommittees. We have a list of tweets below that you can copy and paste, and have listed all of the members' twitter handles!
- Visit our Twitter page and Retweet what we have sent to Congress: https://twitter.com/HCBTaskForce
- Call the offices of the subcommittee chairmen (listed below) and ask them to get the SWMA on the agenda!
- Use this easy tool from the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee to contact your representatives.
Ask: Can the bill get placed on the committee agenda for review and subcommittee assignment?
SWMA Senate Bill 934
Sponsored by Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and co-sponsored by Senator Harkin, Senator Murkowski, Senator Warren
This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Chairman of this subcommittee: Tom Harkin (p) 202-224-3254
SWMA House Bill 1941
Sponsored by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12)
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Chairman of this subcommittee: John Kline (p) 202-225-2271
Supporting Working Moms Act Video
Subcommittee Chair Facebook Pages:
- Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce = Congressman John Kline
- Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee = Senator Tom Harkin
Social Media Messages:
Breastfeeding Employees need: A place to express milk privately, flexible breaks and work options, support! #tellcongresstoSWMA
Breastfeeding is good for babies, it’s good for moms, and it’s good for business. #TellCongressToSWMA
Lactation support at work = Positive long term health impacts without sacrificing family economic stability #TellCongressToSWMA
Extend the law to executive, administrative, professional employees reasonable break time for lactation #TellCongressToSWMA
Employers that provide lactation support have improved employee job satisfaction & morale #tellcongresstoSWMA
Suboptimal breastfeeding rates incur a total of $17.4 billion to society annually #tellcongresstoSWMA
More then 50% of women with infants are in the labor force #tellcongresstoSWMA
Employers that provide lactation support have less employee absenteeism, employee turn over, lower healthcare costs #tellcongresstoSWMA
Employer lactation support provides cost savings of $3 per $1 invested in nursing support #tellcongresstoSWMA
Employers that provide lactation support have an increase in employee productivity & improved public image #tellcongresstoSWMA
Women employed full-time are less likely to continue breastfeeding once they return to work without lactation support #tellcongresstoSWMA
Women feel more confident to continue to breastfeeding when there is a supportive worksite environment #tellcongresstoSWMA
Lack of lactation accommodations contributes to lower breastfeeding duration #tellcongresstoSWMA
Tell Congress to Support ALL Breastfeeding & Working Moms! Send a message to your Representative and Senators: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5162/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14738 #SWMA
Who to Tweet - Bill Co-Sponsors and Subcommittee Members:
Senate Bill 934:
House Bill 1941:
You can also tweet @ the House Bill 1941 Co-sponsors:
Use these great resources from the United States Breastfeeding Committee to learn more about the SWMA and use their tool to contact YOUR representatives: