Story Bank

Dorcas’ Story – a home health aide and her dying mother

Last year my mother became ill. She lived out of town so I had to use my vacation time to go and care for her. After two weeks, I had to return to work because I had exhausted my accrued

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Tess’s Story – balancing a C-section, displacement and TDI

I work part time. After the birth of my first child, I received $170 a week from the New York State Temporary Disability Insurance program (TDI). Although the amount was laughable, every little bit helped. In order to take a

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Blue’s Story

“Later, my partner spent many difficult and painful hours alone recovering from surgery. I wanted to be there, but I no longer had any paid time available.”

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Lin’s Story

Early in 2012 my family and I were happy and excited to welcome a new grandbaby, but three weeks after delivery, my daughter was back in the hospital with MRSA.  She proudly serves in the US Air Force and with

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Lisa’s Story

“Many small business owners feel as I do that paid family and medical leave isn’t just the right thing to do, but that it makes good business sense. Taking care of our employees is crucial to retaining a loyal, talented workforce.”

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Mary’s Story

“. . . [When] I utilized Paid Family Leave. I didn’t have to worry about anything but [my son]. My focus, my attention, my energy could stay on him and I didn’t have to worry about work deadlines, work projects. . . I could just focus on being his mom, getting the treatment he needed.”

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Leah’s Story

“Without paid sick days, my son would have died. . .”

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Armando’s Story

“In 2007 my wife Silvia developed eye problems and had a lot of doctor appointments. I worked nights so that . . . I could be with my family [during the day] . . . [and] hardly slept. When my wife had her operations, I would leave work at 6am, leave the house with her at 7am and go to the hospital, [not returning home until] seven at night [to] sleep two hours before going to work . . . ”

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Carolynn’s Story

“[Making sure I still had] a job at the end of my recovery . . . [was] my concern, not surviving cancer.”

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Josefa’s Story

“Sometimes when [either I or my daughter] got sick, I had to miss work and my boss would get upset, saying, “If you can’t work, or don’t want to work, then it’s best if I look for another person.”

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