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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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Belinda’s Story

“I’ve gone from being confident about my future to being frightened . . . I have no financial stability. What was once a physical prowess I was proud of has been crippled by unforeseen events.”

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Fernan’s Story – Putting the family back into FMLA

My wife was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. As a human resource professional I have signed off on countless requests for family medical leave. Now I find myself submitting a request. I flashback to my wedding day twenty years

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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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Leah’s Story

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

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Vanessa’s Story

I have been back to work for seven months, and [have only] accumulated nine hours of [PTO] time . . . if I had not needed to exhaust all my accumulated paid time off for my FMLA, I would be able to take a couple of days for an emergency or even a day or two of vacation. As it stands I have no way of taking any time off with pay due to my past illness.

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Eliseo’s Story

“[My supervisor wouldn’t] give me permission to miss the day of work, unpaid, to go to my doctor’s appointment [to treat my Type 2 Diabetes]. [After] I missed my third appointment . . . I received a call from my health insurance company . . . saying they had canceled my insurance [and said] it seemed that my health is not important to me.”

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Leticia’s Story

“It is very important for us to be able to take care of our children when they are sick without having to worry [that we don’t have] enough money to pay for [basic needs like] utilities, rent and electricity.”

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