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To: Publix CEO Todd Jones

Publix: The worst paid family leave policy

Publix provide paid family leave to all your employees.

Why is this important?

Paid family leave provides working people time to be with their families when they are needed most: when welcoming a newly arrived child, caring for a seriously ill family member, or addressing one's own illness. Publix is a top employer, yet fails to provide employees this critical benefit.

PL+US has just published its third annual ranking of paid family leave policies at the largest employers in the U.S. and Publix came in dead last. There is clear momentum in the private sector and Publix has quickly fallen far behind their competitors. In the last year alone, 20 companies ranging from Starbucks to Walmart have expanded their paid leave policies.

The benefits of paid family leave are well documented. Businesses that have implemented better paid leave policies have done so noting the advantages of employee recruitment, retention, and reduced turnover costs.

Publix’s policies also have a major impact on the lives of employees. Paid family leave is proven to benefit both child and maternal health outcomes and reduces infant mortality.

Publix offers NO paid family leave to its 190,000 employees. Zero days off after childbirth, zero days to care for a dying parent, zero days for chemo treatments.

Employees can change company policies when they take action together. We've seen Publix employees successfully convince the company to update the dress code to allow beards using a campaign and on the issue of paid leave, PL+US has helped Starbucks baristas win more generous family leave in their workplace.

Publix current policy is failing employees and falls far behind industry standards. As CEO you have the power to lead by offering all of your employees at least 12 weeks of paid family leave.


Reasons for signing

  • Shame that in this day in age when households MUST have a dual income for survival that paid family leave is not an automatic benefit.
  • Workers need better benefits.
  • Because we, as a company can do SO much better than this!


2019-01-05 07:19:10 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2018-12-17 02:22:29 -0500

500 signatures reached

2018-12-13 06:14:44 -0500

100 signatures reached

2018-12-11 09:14:26 -0500

50 signatures reached

2018-12-10 20:58:40 -0500

25 signatures reached

2018-12-10 18:43:48 -0500

10 signatures reached