Help us build our case for a system of paid family leave here in CT by sharing your personal story.
Caregiving is not just for women. It’s a statement I posted on Instagram last year, alongside a photo of my husband Paul and myself. I had just had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted (“You’ve been sitting on these puppies for a while” were the exact words my oral surgeon said in my first … Continue reading “Caregiving is not just for women.”
It's clear: ALL parents deserve time to care for their children and families. This year, we're celebrating Father's Day by highlighting the voices and stories of dads around Connecticut who need paid family and medical leave. We asked dads: why do YOU support paid family and medical leave? Here are your stories... "The minute my … Continue reading #DadsForPaidLeave
As a young woman with chronic illness who grew up caring for an elderly grandmother, I already understand the importance of paid family and medical leave. During my childhood I spent 2-3 weekends a month, every holiday and the majority of summers with my family caring for my elderly grandmother. I am grateful that I … Continue reading Our State’s Future Depends on Paid Leave
Just three days remain in the 2018 legislative session and YOU have the power to make a difference! There is still a chance paid family and medical leave will be called in either the House or the Senate. Call and email the legislators listed below and urge them to support paid family and medical leave … Continue reading THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
This Saturday, August 5, marks the 24th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the landmark federal law that provides up to twelve weeks of job protected, unpaid leave to eligible workers. Since its enactment, FMLA has been used more than 200 million times by workers that need to take time off to care … Continue reading 24 Years Later, CT Workers Still Waiting
Why do you support paid family and medical leave? Because being able to take care of one’s own health or other family member’s health or a new baby while not having to worry about financial security, and doing so through one’s own contribution, makes a lot of sense. It is not a matter of if … Continue reading Interviews with Our Champions: Daniela Giordano
Why is paid family and medical leave important to you personally? My role as family law attorney and mediator, serving clients in New Haven and Fairfield counties in Connecticut from my small firm (The Law Offices of Carmina K. Tessitore, Esq., LLC http://www.ckt-law.com) is tremendously important to me. My career success however is inextricably linked … Continue reading Interviews with Our Champions: Carmina Tessitore
After reading the title of this post, some might be thinking: I see how access to paid family and medical leave is important for working families, but is it really a human right? The answer: absolutely, yes! Human rights are rights inherent to all; they are “interrelated, interdependent, and indivisible .” Or, as defined by … Continue reading Paid Family Leave: An Unfulfilled Human Right
On the eve of my daughter's 2nd birthday in April, an old friend invited me to see Jessica Shortall speak in Hartford. The easiest way for me to not cry while I reflect and write on why paid family leave is important to me is for me to share some comments and questions I've gotten … Continue reading Why New Parents Need Paid Leave: from One Connecticut Mom
This spring witnessed an important string of victories for paid family leave across the country! As we continue to move forward here in Connecticut, exciting progress has also been made in San Francisco, New York State, and the town of Newburgh Heights, Ohio. In May, the small town of Newburgh Heights in Northeast Ohio passed … Continue reading An Exciting Spring for Paid Leave!
Last April, my wife and I had our first child. At the time I was working full-time for one of the larger insurance companies in the country, and was forced to use up all of my paid sick/vacation time in order to spend a couple weeks with my new daughter. It troubled me going back … Continue reading Balancing Career and Family: One Connecticut Dad’s Story
Paid family leave would make a huge difference to my family. In my family’s case, it is especially important because our daughter has arthrogryposis and is confined to a wheelchair. My husband occasionally needs to take off time from work if we have a dentist’s appointment, doctor’s appointment or even a hair appointment since he … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Joanne
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. … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Janette
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 … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Jane
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 … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Holly
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.
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 … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Tammy
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 … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Geralyn
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 … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Laraine
I grew up in Hartford, and live in Newtown now. In so many ways I have been fortunate, working for employers in my adult life who provide at least some form of paid leave. It gives me peace of mind to know that I can count on something paid FMLA if I get sick or … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Eva
My father, a veteran, is in the end stages of dementia. Because my mother also is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, she can no longer care for him. Consequently, he has been moved to a nursing home in Hamden. I work as a server and I cannot bring my father home to live with … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Stefanie
I received NO paid maternity option at all when I had my twin babies. I worked for a nonprofit agency (a women's empowerment agency, ironically) which had fewer than 50 employees, so they were not even required to provide short term disability. The only thing I was offered was to have a job when I … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Workers: Elizabeth
I consider us one of the lucky ones, my husband and I both are both employed, educated, professionals; earning enough to get by. When on FMLA with my first daughter, I had the luxury of paid leave through my employer’s policy which allowed employees to donate sick time to each other. As a new working … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Sarah
My husband and I both work full-time, and we are lucky that we each have access to a few weeks of paid leave each year through our vacation and sick time. However, while we are in our early thirties and would like very much to start a family, the lack of paid maternity leave is … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Shannon
Every day I drive to a fast food chain in Orange to work for minimum wage. Before I had my daughter in 2011, I drove to Orange to work in a restaurant supply chain where I made more money than I do now. I was a cashier there. It was tough, physical work that demanded … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Rita
As someone who has lived in Connecticut for half of her life, I have seen and personally been affected by the lack of paid family leave in the state of Connecticut.I am currently working on my Masters in Public Administration at the University of Connecticut and I hope to mold more policies that benefit women and their … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Maria
From my earliest memories, my grandma (“Grammie”) and great aunt (“Eheh”) were constant sources of love and support. My Eheh would pick me up after school and walk me home to her apartment where treats like sundaes and handmade dolls always awaited me. My Grammie would hold my hand in hers and kiss it over … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Dvora
On March 19, 2015, my dreams came true when I gave birth via c-section, to my twins, Ian and Ava. By day 3 in the hospital, something happened and Ian was rushed to Yale's Nicu. It began my worst nightmare. After almost 2 weeks, Ian was sent home with hospice, and he passed on Easter … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Margaret
Until last year, I worked for a New Haven-based healthcare agency as a CAN/LPN. I have worked in the healthcare field now for 28 years and I still make just ten dollars an hour. In February, I underwent gallbladder surgery. I took a few days off to recuperate, unpaid. My doctor told me that I … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Dina
My wife and I both work and our mothers take care of our kids during the day. My mother needed a kidney transplant last year and so she couldn't keep taking care of my then 2-year-old son. With a second baby on the way we were in a really tight jam and I had to … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Lucas
A few years ago, I developed a very bad stress fracture in my hip. I had to take several weeks off just to start the healing process. Luckily, at the time, I was making decent money and had purchased short term disability insurance for about $6.00 per week. My employer covered about 60% of my … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Cheryl
The last Sunday of January, I was with my daughter watching her kids learn to rollerblade in the park when some rowdy dogs knocked me to the ground. I fractured my tibia and badly injured my knee. It happened so quickly, but it's had a huge impact on my life. I work in commercial horticulture. … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Workers: Lisa
I could never have anticipated a scenario where my 40 year old sister, who was residing in Massachusetts with her two teenaged daughters, would suffer a debilitating stroke. My husband and I were her closest family members and had to assume the caregiving, child rearing and day to day household responsibilities that resulted from her … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Carol Ann
My mother and father both live in Massachusetts, but I believe our story transcends state borders. My father is chronically ill. For many years, he has lived with bronchiectasis, a degenerative lung disease that causes the lungs to scar over, compromising the immune system and leading to multiple week-long hospital visits every year. The only … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Kim
As the director of an outpatient psychiatric clinic catering to people who have a genetic illness, I work with families every day who struggle to make the decision to put food on the table versus catering to the needs of their loved ones who are ill. Many of these families are supported by the passage … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Bonnie
I have a six year old son, Emanuel, and a four year old daughter, Ciara, who live with me, my cousin and my grandmother. I work at two Dunkin Donuts locations in East Hartford and Windsor just to be able to bring home a decent paycheck. It is very draining mentally and physically to work … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Megan
I am the owner of Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics in Milford, Connecticut. We’re a small, family-owned business founded by my great grandfather in 1921. We specialize in comfortable, everyday footwear for men, women and kids. We have 6 employees, all of whom have worked here for over 6 years. We have little, if any … Continue reading Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics, Milford
My first daughter was adopted in 2000 from Kazakhstan. At the time, the adoption itself took two weeks to complete. My second daughter was adopted from the same orphanage two years later. That adoption took three weeks in country to complete. Today, an adoption form Kazkahstan requires a 2-3 month stay in country and two … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Penny & John
Petonito’s Pastry Shop has been in business for over 60 years. I took the business over from my father some time ago, and we specialize in wedding cakes and other sweet treats. Since my father opened the bakery in 1954, we've baked over 25,000 wedding cakes. With the help of our great staff here, I … Continue reading Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Petonito’s Pastry Shop, East Haven
I am a first time mom of a 7 month-old boy named Harley. And not only am I a first-time mom, I’m also a single mother. As many know, being a single mother comes with its share of obstacles and hurdles; but not many realize that even married mothers with tons of support are still … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Jihan
The proposed paid family and medical leave (“PFML”) legislation would create a more worker-friendly and attractive business environment in the state of Connecticut. I have heard it stated multiple times that Connecticut is losing businesses and young workers, who are attracted to larger urban areas like Boston or New York City. As a young person, … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Austin
I am a preschool teacher two years away from retirement. I am paid hourly, and I receive five paid vacation days of my choosing annually and five paid days in August when the school closes for a week. I also receive two paid sick days and one personal day annually, but I do not have … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Jeanne
It was May, 1991 when my husband and I celebrated the adoption of our 5-day old son. After 8 years of unsuccessful medical treatments, operations and failed attempts to achieve pregnancy, our son’s arrival into our family could not have been more poignant and significant for us both. In preparation for this life changing event, … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Ann Pratt
A large majority of registered voters in Connecticut, across the ideological spectrum, support paid family medical leave and a significant percentage would back a candidate for state elections who worked to implement such a plan, according to a recent survey by AARP Research.
Have you ever encountered one of those ridiculous stock images of a working mother juggling a smiling baby on her lap as she joyfully types on her computer, seemingly completing endless assignments with ease? Jessica Shortall noticed that these photos are all over the place and she decided to take a stand. In her phenomenal … Continue reading Worry. Work. Repeat: Life Without Paid Leave
The Labor Committee will hold a public hearing on paid family & medical leave on March 8th. Your voice is needed!
Almost any working parent (in the Northeast) can relate to the feeling of receiving an early morning call on the day of a snow storm and hearing the news that school is closed. Panic ensues as you attempt to figure out childcare for the day because you need to work but you also need to take care of your children. Now, imagine that the phone call isn’t about school being closed but it’s about your child having a serious illness, and, the time you’re going to need out of work isn’t just for a day, it’s indefinitely.
On Tuesday, March 8th, the Labor Committee held a public hearing on paid family and medical leave. It was a very exciting day! There was a huge showing of support for paid leave— thank you so much to everyone who came out.
Do you believe we should have a system of paid family and medical leave in CT? Download our printable sign and write in your own message about why you support paid leave!
Let me tell you a story of two families. At the center of both of these families are two women who recently gave birth to beautiful baby girls. Each care for two equally adorable little boys at home. In the first family, both parents work; the father full-time and the mother part-time. In that story, … Continue reading A Tale of Two Families
Have you heard? Connecticut is officially surrounded by states (RI, NJ, NY and MA) that have passed comprehensive paid family and medical leave legislation. To attract young workers to our state - and support families, caregivers, and businesses - CT must be next! Every year since 2015, the General Assembly has inched closer to passage … Continue reading Take a Stand for Paid Leave this Election!