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Jenya Cassidy

Project Director, California Work & Family Coalition


Jenya Cassidy

Jenya Cassidy directs the California Work & Family Coalition, a project of Next Generation. The Coalition is an alliance of working parents, caregivers, advocates, and union members organizing to expand and protect every Californian’s right to put their family first. Jenya leads statewide legislative campaigns, local grassroots efforts, and community outreach and education efforts around family friendly laws. Before coming to Next Generation, Jenya served as the California Policy Director for the Labor Project for Working Families. At the Labor Project, Jenya oversaw statewide policy campaigns, edited the labor-focused newsletter and developed a training program on California Family Leave Laws. Previously, Jenya worked as a community organizer, a union organizer, and a Labor Representative for the Health Care Workers’ Union, Local 250.  Jenya’s life-shaping early work includes teaching English at a public middle school in St. Petersburg, Russia, and working the deli at Canter’s Fairfax in Los Angeles.

In her spare time, Jenya participates in helping build local community and labor alliances, volunteers at her kids’ public schools, and serves on the Advisory Board of ROC the Bay, a worker center for Bay Area restaurant workers.

Jenya earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA. She lives in Alameda, California with her three children.

Posts by Jenya Cassidy

California Work & Family Coalition

Momentum Builds for State and Local Paid Sick Days Policies

Having the right to take a day off from work when you are ill shouldn’t have to be a dream – it should be a reality for all workers. But millions of Californians are forced to come to work sick or send their child to school ill because they don’t have access to a single paid sick day.

California Work & Family Coalition

Happy Anniversary Paid Family Leave – Let’s Spread the Word!

While the need for Paid Family Leave is great and the benefits are many, awareness of the law is still low, especially among low income, new immigrant and young workers. This year, Coalition and partner organizations are raising the profile of Paid Family Leave to increase take up in a variety of ways.

California Work & Family Coalition

Paid Family Leave: A Call for Targeted Education Efforts for Families

Publication Paid Family Leave allows most employed Californians to take up to 6 weeks per year of leave from their job and receive up to 55% of their wages up to a maximum. Paid Family Leave (PFL) may be taken for bonding with a new baby or to take care of a sick family member, and is 100% employee funded. It is a critical support to families and has wide benefits. However, low awareness about the program keeps some families from benefiting. Targeted education efforts will raise awareness so that Californians who most need it can take Paid Family Leave.

California Work & Family Coalition

Paid Family Leave Benefits All Families

In California, we’ve seen the positive impact Paid Family Leave has had on the well-being of families. That’s why I’m proud to be part of a growing state and national movement winning paid family leave and paid sick days for all workers.

California Work & Family Coalition

SB770 Passes Assembly

SB 770 passed through the Assembly with a final vote of 51-22. The bill allows workers to receive Paid Family Leave benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law.