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Stories from Connecticut Voters: Janette

My husband is a Gulf War Veteran, on March 3, 2015 my husband started with symptoms of Gulf War Multi-Symptom Undiagnosed. I had to leave my job on March 3rd to provide him with transportation to the West Haven VA for treatment and testing (3-5 times a week). I also became my husband’s full-time caregiver.…

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Stories from Connecticut Voters: Jane

In the summer of 2012, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with triplets. During the course of my pregnancy I had to take a significant amount of time off from work due to various medical appointments. My husband and I are both employed full-time and the appointments took much of the designated…

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Stories from Connecticut Voters: Holly

I work as a trainer at a local gym. I suffer from autoimmune arthritis and a chronic condition has caused degenerative disk disease that can be remedied only by surgery. Like so many other Connecticut residents, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. I can’t afford to take any unpaid time off, so a…

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Jessica Shortall: Paid Family Leave is Good for Business

Nationally-recognized speaker Jessica Shortall sat before a group of about fifty Connecticut residents gathered for an event entitled “Work. Worry. Repeat: Life Without Paid Leave” and told them that paid family and medical leave is good for businesses. Good for businesses. And Ms. Shortall, of all people, would know.

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Stories from Connecticut Voters: Tammy

My brother had a long, terrible battle with cancer and eventually succumbed to it. His wife, with whom he had three sons, could not handle losing her husband and basically split, leaving three young children with my mother and me. I am now one of the legal guardians of my nephews. I had used all…

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Stories from Connecticut Voters: Geralyn

I’m currently work as a server at a diner but I was attending the University of New Haven for a degree in forensic science. The tuition was so high that I decided to work for a few years to save up the money to continue. I have been working to save for three years now and I…

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Stories from Connecticut Voters: Laraine

When I think about young women, who today are giving birth, and for many, are required to return to work after a short period of time after giving birth, sometimes 3 weeks or 4 weeks, my heart goes out to them, because quite honestly, I do not know or understand how they are able to…