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    Dreading December

    I am so sorry for your loss. I couldn't imagine losing a parent. No, you are definitely not alone. I am estranged from some of my immediate family, but my husband is very close to his. His family is very loving and supportive, but for some reason...it highlights all the negative feelings I have about some of mine and this time of year just exacerbates the thoughts that are normally easier to push away. I could go on...but, I'll spare you. No, you're not alone.
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    Minimum wage to $15.00/hr are you kidding me???

    This may come as a shock to you, but some of us actually value things other than man-made products and money, and don't aspire to be a CEO. We value things like preserving the environment, animals, and caring for others more than working at a bank manipulating numbers or raising stock values.
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    "Slobber all over"? Seriously? Wow, this post just gives me the "warm fuzz[ies]" too because I'm so "caught up in [my] feelings". If we're going to throw around party stereotypes, let's paint the picture of the "conservative" slobbering all over his "hard-earned" money, kicking the bum in the face on his walk to the bank. Seriously? What's the point? And, for clarification purposes, please don't make an assumption of my political affiliation based on the stereotype I just threw out as well.
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    Unfavorite Christmas carols

    Me too! For some reason, the sound of the guy's voice creeps me out.
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    Do you think Bill Cosby has crossed the line?

    Yes...those sweaters are awful. https://www.google.com/search?q=bill+cosby+sweater&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    I see a lot of this on these threads, and it really surprises me. Statements of moral superiority, claims of compassion, having experienced poverty or low wage yet.....simultaneous contempt for any unselfish act to help those in genuine need.
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    StNeoster, I give you credit once again for making me laugh(even if it wasn't your intention) at yet another otherwise disheartening read.
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    Yep. One set of numbers still doesn't convince me that an employee contribution plan wouldn't work. There could be many possibilities...with different contributing numbers. And I see nothing wrong with an employer contribution after a certain length of employment.
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    How are you being "paid" when you are the one contributing to the fund?
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    What is the biggest threat to our country today?

    Honey Boo Boo
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    I don't recall stating any "guarantee". I do contend that the statement was inflammatory, but that is due to my disagreement of this value system of "What's in it for me?".
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    I knew the lifetime comment would be brought up. Previous generations valued loyalty more, both from the employee and to the employer. That is not the case nowadays. I know several friends that were laid off after decades (up to three). And they were "good" workers. I have read several threads in which nurses comment about changing jobs due to toxic environments. Why not make the environment a better place to work so the nurses doesn't want to run? Regarding your question...yes, I think our values are faulty in that unlike many other countries we do not make it easy for a new mother to be with her child, someone to help a sick family, etc. I might like the idea of an employee-funded contribution(like the OP said)...if I could see how its budget actually works. But then that brings back the argument from those who don't want to contribute a cent. Even if I haven't worked for the company a "lifetime", supporting an environment in which the new mother can spend time with her new child or someone caring for ill family can attend to these needs temporarily without having to worry about finances completely depleting is indeed a worthy cause. Whether it is "owed" to the employee? ...if you base the question on current employment trends...where people can't get a job or worry about losing it...then it would appear the employer doesn't owe a thing.
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    I am curious as far as the 0.2% contribution...how far the budget would actually go. If it's from all workers...
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    Paid Family Leave? We Can Hope!

    Um, how about a lifetime of dedicated employment? That seems adequate for 3 months with a new baby.