Target: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
Goal: Commend the decision to give paid maternity leave to women and their partners
Recently, all seven city council members of St. Paul, Minnesota have unanimously decided that parents shall have paid leave with their newborn children. The paid leave applies to mothers and their partners. St. Paul is quickly becoming a very desirable city to young people living in America, as is the council’s goal. This ruling makes St. Paul the second city within Minnesota to offer paid maternity leave to city employees. Supporting new parents in this way is necessary and important.
New mothers in St. Paul will now receive four weeks of paid leave while non-birthing parents will receive two weeks of paid leave. The decision was made to help make St. Paul seem more attractive to talented, young workers because the current work force is aging and the future of St. Paul is dependent on the youth. The city council agrees that family dynamics have changed drastically in the last 20 years. Gender roles are less defined and families wish to balance work and family more efficiently. The paid leave will replace the 12 weeks of unpaid leave that once was granted to new parents.
The council believes that this new ruling is a small investment for its return. The United States does not offer many benefits to new parents, as other developed countries do; four weeks of paid vacation for mothers is St. Paul’s answer to this disappointing fact. The policy is set to take effect with the New Year. Commend the mayor of St. Paul for this important ruling.
Dear Mayor Coleman,
The St. Paul city council has unanimously decided to give paid maternity leave to women and their partners. I am writing to commend your efforts in this action. Four weeks paid leave for mothers is a great incentive for young people to call St. Paul home. It is my understanding that the council is attempting to make St. Paul as enticing as possible, to convince young talent to inhabit the city and positively influence it in the future.
Please continue to keep the needs of growing families at the forefront of your policies. Taking care of the younger generation is of utmost importance for a city to thrive for years to come. Thank you for understanding that family dynamics are indeed changing, for the better, and that the law must keep up with the change.
[Your Name Here]
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