Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Greetings, Fellow Traveler

Welcome, one and all, to this portal on parental leave issues. It is a blog, a clearinghouse, and forum all at once. We intend for it to be a springboard for social action as well. We hope you will find it informative and persuasive. Look for more updates to come ... very soon!


Coconutbug said...

Feel free to join the discussion by leaving comments/suggestions/encouragement for the struggle here in the comments section!

Nancy Hale said...

While I applaud the basic premise of paid parental leave, the extra costs of this will ultimately be borne by those who can least afford it. That is, Walmart and other megastores will raise prices, Boston U will raise tuition, etc. Who will be hurt in this? Perhaps the very people we want to help.

There are a lot of things to consider in issues like this.

Coconutbug said...

true, there are details to be worked out. it would theoretically be costly. i hope that we can find some data that corroborates the theory that paid parental leave would alleviate stress of workers, thereby making them more productive during their time at work. there are statistics that indicate that happier workers are more productive. having been an employee of starbucks in the past who benefited from their insurance options for part-time employees, i can attest to the truth of that statement in my own life. how much more relieved and productive would expectant parents be to know their finances and the health of mother and child are taken care of?

we are not proposing to resolve these issues by the time finals arrive in december. this project, however, is to begin the thought process among those whose minds are more attune to the multi-faceted needs at play here.