Paid family leave would protect the District’s workers
It’s time to stop asking how much it would cost and start asking how much it will help.
Regarding the Oct. 15 editorial “The paidleave pipe dream”:
I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011. As some one in an age range that doesn’t usually deal with this type of cancer, I was advised to start treatment immediately. I had to tell my supervisor that I needed to take time for this, but I didn’t know how much time I would need. Even though my office provided a generous benefits package that included vacation time, sick leave, personal days and more, I blew through it quickly because it was enough to cover only about a month or two of leave.
My treatment lasted about six months. This wasn’t the kind of chemotherapy I could take in the morning and show up to work in the afternoon or the following week. My ordeal involved 28-day hospital stays, various infections and complications and constant monitoring. After I went through my personal time, I had to sign up for the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows up to 16 weeks of time off with no pay every two years. Even taking this leave, it was not enough time to complete my treatment and enter remission.
I’m a resident of the District. I work here. I live here. I pay taxes here. And I support the Campaign for Paid Family Leave to help D.C. residents support themselves and their families. It’s time to stop asking how much it would cost and start asking how much it will help.