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    Lauren KrummelApr 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Very well written, Jeanna, I look forward to seeing what changes Trinity will make on behalf of some of its most important members. Thank you for caring enough about our University to make sure we stay competitive and top tier in not just education, but as an institution as a whole!

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    Faculty MemberApr 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I strongly agree with the position articulated in Jeanna’s editorial. As Jen Sugars argued in her comments on last week’s parental leave article, ‘our staff members are essential to making Trinity the great place it is,’ and ‘paid family leave should be a right for all levels of workers.’

    It is important to acknowledge that extending paid family leave to all employees is an expensive proposition for the university at a time when Trinity has already taken a financial hit as a result of a) the crazy tax plan that was steamrolled through Congress last year, and b) rising health care costs.

    Extending paid family leave to all employees is the right thing to do, it is a very expensive thing to do, and it will probably mean that the university needs to make cuts elsewhere. Nevertheless, we should still do this.

    It is possible that I overstate the financial costs of extending paid family leave to all employees. Jeanna, is the TSEC proposal available online?

    As a faculty member, I feel extraordinarily fortunate to be employed by this amazing institution. Our staff colleagues are an essential part of this community, and I cannot think of any reason that faculty should be entitled to more robust benefits than staff. While understanding the pressures faced by the administration, I hope they will find a way to implement the changes that Jeanna is calling for. I also hope that the Faculty Senate will consider bringing a resolution in support of TSEC’s position to the floor of the first faculty assembly in August.

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      Jeanna BalreiraApr 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      I’m not aware if the TSEC proposal is online, but will try to find out. If it is, I will be happy to share. Thank you for offering your support as a faculty member–it’s important that the University continues to hear multiple voices and viewpoints on this topic. Please share with colleagues!

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    AlyApr 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Jeanna, so great to see such a thoughtful response on a matter that has affected so many of us at Trinity recently! I hope TU can approve a policy that equally benefits all employees on such an important matter.

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    Reason and EmpathyApr 26, 2018 at 10:49 am

    This article was written very well and addresses the issues in a very clear way. I applaud Jeanna for her candidness and thorough examination of the issue. The inequality is very stark especially since staff work all year round. When you also look at the fact that staff do not make the same income that faculty makes, to deny the benefit of paid leave is more damaging. It further divides the campus between those of privilege and those without. I truly hope that the Board will take this up and make the necessary changes to benefit staff as well.

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    Tomme Ethington '13Apr 26, 2018 at 10:02 am

    First off, I’d like to say thank you to the Trinitonian staff for bringing this issue to light and opening up a dialogue on the importance of paid parental leave. And thank you to Jeanna Balreira for highlighting the personal impact the current policy has on Trinity staff members. I’m a proud Trinity alum and try to support the university in any way that I can. I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to take classes at Trinity, like the Sociology of Sex Roles with Dr. Tynes, that broadened my perspective and gave me insight into the importance of things like paid maternity AND paternity leave (shout out to stay-at-home dads!). The fact that Trinity’s staff members are unable to take the time they need to spend with their newborns or have to worry about about their finances during a season that should be joyful is extremely disappointing. To be a truly progressive institution, Trinity must walk the walk. There is an opportunity here to be a leader in higher education and attract more talent that is able to better serve our community because they are well-rested, appreciated, and given the same treatment as our renowned faculty. I hope that President Anderson will dedicate time to addressing this issue.

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      Jeanna BalreiraApr 26, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Tommie, thank you for your support and for extending an alumni voice on this. Let’s keep supporting each other. Trinity is a fantastic institution–I hope it uses this conversation as an opportunity to reevaluate this policy!

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    NoApr 26, 2018 at 1:27 am


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