A Social Work student’s response to ‘A Push for Paid Leave’

As a Masters of Social Work student studying at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University reading the article, “A Push for Paid Leave,” gave me hope and reassurance that great progress can be made in our state if we continue to meet with policymakers.  

The National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Code of Ethics expresses the ethical responsibility we have to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities to “challenge social injustice” and “recognize the central importance of human relationships” (2008). The Healthy Families Act recognizes this and puts it into action.

As said in the article, Senator Al Franken and other government leaders in Minnesota are paying attention to the potential positive impact of the Healthy Families Act. If Minnesota can continue to “push for paid leave”, the potential benefits are many.  According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, paid sick days provide families with economic security, decrease unnecessary health costs, and boost business’ productivity.  If we know the Healthy Families Act can strengthen families, business, and the economy all at the same time, why wouldn’t we pass it into law?

Samantha Johnson
Social Work Intern
University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University