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View the Voices From the Front Lines Storybook presented at the White House Summit on Working Families.




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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

"I cashed out my 401K in order to buy groceries and gas. I had to pay bills with my credit cards, and even sold all my jewelry and other valuables to try and make it through. . . My family now lives in an RV because we could not and still cannot afford at the cost of rent/utilities and deposits."

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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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