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Figured I'd share this email I wrote to my COO. If I can walk away as a sole breadwinner with 3 children (1 with needs), then anyone can. But YMMV and it DOES take some strategic planning. Then again, I was blessed as a young man to work for an Army Airborne GO who busted my ass and taught me that failures if made once are great for "Lessons Learned" slides. If we can plan our 401(k)s and retirement, I just don't understand why we can't plan a familial/individual/national strike.|
My name is <Me>, <Acme> Employee #<123456789>. I'd like to tell you about my family, but it'd be easier if I just provided you with a few links written about us in various publications. See below.
That seems like forever ago. Unfortunately, my wife was diagnosed with a recurrence of her breast cancer this year, with chemotherapy treatments that started on <Date>. Suffice it to say it's been stressful, but even more so when we found out about the acquisition of <Fun Company> by <Acme>. As you can imagine, we had met our deductibles quite rapidly. All in all, we had spent <Lots of Thousands $$$> prior to the acquisition via our insurance policy with <Bloodsucker A>. We did have an FSA for $2,000 that cut our out-of-pocket costs in half.
Throughout the acquisition, you had mentioned compensation for previous deductibles paid, that <Acme> would "make it right". In fact, it was my <Boss> who pointedly asked that question of you in one of the Zoom calls we had had.
For the record and to date, I have received a one-time, <Chump Change> gross (<Even Less Chump Change> net) payout on <Date>. Furthermore, my wife couldn't postpone her ongoing, weekly chemotherapy treatments through the month of <Date>. That is, the month before my new FSA kicked in. I am now out an additional $2,000 in deductibles, which ended up negating my <Fun Company> FSA. All in all, we have incurred expenses of <Lots of Thousands $$$>, with <Somewhat Less Thousands $$$> directly due to the acquisition.
Finally, and since my date of hire with <Fun Company> was in <Winter> of last year, we are ineligible for FMLA when I need it most. Her last cycle of chemotherapy starts on <Date>, and 7 weeks from then she has surgery, followed up with 5 weeks of daily radiotherapy.
I write this missive to you with no requests. No "asks". I'd just appreciate it if you have read it in its entirety.
I've decided that after this entire, tragic ordeal with my beloved wife is over (physically, but certainly not emotionally) by MAR 2022, I'll be leaving IT permanently. It's too exhausting. See, engineers don't like to spend time worrying about healthcare or benefits. We like to solve problems. That's the way it was 20 years ago, but in my experience, Big Everything has changed all of that.
I just thought you'd find my anecdote an interesting data point when executives in the U.S. are wondering why folks with Bachelor's degrees and greater are dropping out of the workforce en masse. 1.2 million last month alone, if I'm not mistaken.
It's not for paltry unemployment benefits. It's because we're tired of having to beg for leave to take care of sick loved ones, or wonder why our annual raise was eaten up by a missing <Somewhat Less Thousands $$$> in healthcare deductibles.
Take care and best wishes,
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