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“I did not receive any pay while I was on leave for recovery, and when I returned to work I was demoted to assistant teacher.” Mary Russell

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic I lost my job as a substitute teacher and therefore my income. I was already on Medicaid, due to my low income. I am available to provide child care and tutoring, but because I am an independent teacher, with no affiliation to a school or licensed childcare facility, …

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Delayed Eligibility Harms Workers with Chronic Health Conditions

Coloradans deserve a paid family and medical leave program, however, the proposal currently being introduced is not beneficial to the vast majority of workers.  I have chronic intermittent severe back pain, and it is impossible to predict when it will flare up. The mandatory waiting period to be eligible for paid benefits is alarming to …

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Under the current paid leave proposal, public school teachers could be effectively denied if they cannot afford insurance on their own

I am a public school teacher, and my family has faced hardship because of a lack of paid family and medical leave – but I do not believe that an employer mandate is a solution to this need.  I had my son, Olly, in 2017 after a difficult pregnancy and a healthy birth. I was …

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Coloradans deserve a paid family and medical leave program that benefits all of us

The current paid family and medical leave proposal, a for-profit model that involves private insurance companies, does not give workers the protections that we need.  Throughout my 20 year career, I have taken multiple leaves of absence due to my son’s chronic illness and need a paid family and medical leave program that is portable …

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For families like mine, paid family and medical leave is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity

I am the sole caretaker and provider for an elderly, disabled parent who lives with advanced multiple sclerosis and dementia and is wheelchair-bound. We are a one-income household, I am disabled, and our migratory status prevents us from accessing public programs. For families like mine, paid family and medical leave is not a luxury, it …

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Letters to the Capitol: “This year’s proposal is not strong enough to help people like me.”

I have been fighting for paid family and medical leave in Colorado since day one. As someone who has been personally impacted by our lack of paid family and medical leave and who has fought to change this for seven years, I understand the frustration of this fight and the urgency to pass a policy. …

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Kris ‘Faby’ Garcia

 For six years my father had battling congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and was going to require surgery to increase his chances of survival. In 2009, I requested time off from work to go down to Texas to be with him and take care of him, but I was only allowed to take four unpaid …

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Shelby Ramirez

Everyone has a sick family member to care for at some point – so it’s critical to have Family Leave Insurance or other paid leave so families can stay afloat while dealing with family illness. I almost didn’t make it when I needed to care for my daughter recovering from serious surgery at the same …

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Vannessa Nunez

When I was diagnosed with gallstones in December 2012, I was forced to go on FMLA for weeks to recuperate from surgery. Once I was almost completely healed from that surgery, doctors found another gallstone which was left behind from the first surgery. I had to undergo a second surgery, and subsequently had to stay …

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