For Immediate Release
February 12, 2019
Contact: Cecia Alvarado at Ceciaa@mifamiliavota.org
Mi Familia Vota Calls for Support of the Family Act
Workers and Families Benefit from Family Act
The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), was re-introduced today corresponding with the 26th anniversary of the FMLA. The Family Act provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave (partial income) for serious personal or family needs.
Cecia Alvarado, Nevada state director issued the following statement:
“Our country is long overdue for a comprehensive national paid leave program. The Family Act will help strengthen workforce participation in Nevada while providing workers and families the stability they need. Latinos, in particular, stand to gain from this legislation: although the Latino community has the highest labor force participation rate of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. and are the fastest growing segment of the workforce, less than 40% of Latinos have access to paid sick days and only 25% have access to paid parental leave. Latinos comprise almost one third of our state so we anticipate that this will have a positive impact in our community and in the state at large.
“The Family Act is a necessary measure needed to protect workers’ rights and guarantee fair and equal treatment in the workforce. We in Nevada need a program that reaches all of us, from parents of newborns to family members of our deployed military men and women. With the Act, all working people will have access to time away from work – for family or medical reasons – without risking their jobs or economic security. Components of the bill are derived from successful state family and medical leave insurance programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in strengthening the economy and workforce stability.
“We are proud to support Nevada families and our state’s economic stability through the Family Act. Mi Familia Vota will keep working to make this a reality for the Latino community, our state, and our nation.
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.