Story Bank

Lauren – Paid Leave and Financial Stability

“This time I had income coming in. We didn’t take years to recover. We didn’t almost lose our home.”

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Danny – Fathers and Those First Milestones

For me, and for many other men today, it’s important that the father be part of those first milestones.

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Marie – Paid Sick Days and Screenings Save Lives

Marie Barboza works as a personal care attendant in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to support herself and her 13-year-old daughter. In all her years working in the medical field, and before that in factory jobs and grocery stores, Marie does not

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Jibril – Paid Sick Days a Relief

Jibril Wallace has been working at the same Safeway in Washington, DC, for 28 years, since she was a teenager helping her mother pay the bills. Now her income helps support her two kids, ages 18 and 8. Jibril has

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Molly – Paid Sick Days Deliver Health and Goodwill

Molly Moon Neitzel owns Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in Seattle, WA. Molly Moon’s has eight locations and employs 75 team members in the winter months, and as many as 200 in the summer. Before she opened, Molly wrote a

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Maleni – Caring for Each Other Without Debt and Stress

As a recent college graduate with a degree in criminal justice and criminology, Maleni Mendoza Garcia combined her job search with the fight for paid sick days. She became involved with a community group called Take Action MN, and as

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Erin – The Security of Paid Sick Days

Erin Schmitz in Portland, Oregon, is the person who turns a beautiful wedding gown into one that actually fits. Brides-to-be admired her expertise, but likely had no idea it brought Erin low wages and only part-time hours; she held a

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Megan – Rhode Island’s TCI Made Care Possible

Megan Lomba comes from a family of caregivers. Megan works at a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island, and moonlights as a homecare provider. One of her sisters is a CNA and medical technician at the same nursing home. Another

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Dana – Paid Leave Shouldn’t Depend On Where You Live

Dana Ginn Paredes first met Lillian Ortiz during a union drive in 1999. Lillian was a server at a Japanese restaurant that Dana was helping to unionize. They didn’t start dating until later that year, but Dana says they soon

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Sabra’s Story – Teachers Making It Work Without Paid Leave

I am a mom of two (5 and 2 year-olds) and work full time as a teacher in Nebraska. If you can have paid days saved up, my employer allows you to use them for maternity leave. But otherwise your

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