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Since the start of the 2019 legislative session in Nevada, Make The Road NV (MRNV) began their efforts in ensuring that working families in our state have the opportunity to care for their health and the health of their love ones by supporting earned paid sick days. As soon as this issue was brought up to members of the Las Vegas community they couldn’t agree more. It was time to make sure all workers have the time to get better when they become ill. MRNV spoke with small businesses in the community, many of which agreed that earned paid sick days are needed and all employers should provide them for their employees to promote a strong and healthy work environment.
Fast forward to the beginning of the legislative session, members from MRNV, together with the rest of the Time to Care NV coalition, were ready to go from Las Vegas to Carson and speak to legislators about why earned paid sick days is important issue for them. The first bus trip full of supporters was on February 18th, 2019.
Earned Paid Sick Days moves on to the next level
On April 11th 2019, working Nevadans, families, and small business owners came together in front of the Senate Commerce and Labor committee to testify and advocate for the earned paid sick days bill, SB312. With no opposition, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee voted paid sick days bill SB 312 out of committee unanimously at the end of the hearing! The bill now moves to the Senate floor to be heard again and we at MRNV as part of the Time to Care NV coalition, will continue to go Carson City to urge our elected officials to support SB312 when it gets introduced again later this year.
During the testimonials, we heard emotional testimonies from MRNV organizers Bianca Balderas and Jose Macias who shared their personal stories of their own family members being affected by the inability to earn paid time off to take care of themselves when they fell ill. Jose lost his mother because she couldn’t afford to put her health first, like most working families, she needed to support her family, ignoring all the warning signs she had a stroke while working and later passed away as a tragic consequence. Families are unknowingly risking their own lives going to work to provide for their families and it’s NOT RIGHT!
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Join in the fight for economic justice as we continue battle for earned paid sick days! Visit Time to Care Nevada and sign up to be involved on their website! Or send us message! You can help by:
✔ Sharing a personal story of how you’ve been affected by not having earned paid sick days
✔ Join us on our next bus trip to the state capital
✔ Come out to support during the next hearing in Las Vegas
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NowThisPolitics invited, Obama’s ex-housing secretary and first Latinx presidential candidate to announce their running for 2020, Julián Castro to have an intimate conversation with local community members of Make the Road NV (MRNV). The discussion was aired live on March 1, 2019 on social media. Members had the opportunity to discuss with Castro some of the issues MRNV is currently working on including affordable housing, earned paid sick days, the 287g program, and education, among other topics.
During the discussion, Jose Macias, MRNV Organizer, shared his family’s story and the reasons he personally fights for Earned Paid Sick Days and living wages.
“…if my mother had a living wage and earn paid sick days she would’ve still be alive today. My family had to live through the deepest pains we ever lived through when we lost her and by sharing my story I wanted to make sure that this conversations where happening because I don’t want others families to go through what we went through with my mom. Mothers should be able to have routine check ups or stay home if they feel sick and not worry about rent money” -Jose Macias
Julian Castro showed his support for Earned Paid Sick Days and living wages,
“I believe we need leadership that says, everybody counts in the United States… I am going to work so everyone has paid sick leave because I believe that it is important for our families, in the end our businesses are going to be stronger if your employees are able to take paid sick leave, so they can take care of themselves and be healthy when they are in the job” – Julian Castro
We would like to thank Presidential Candidate Julian Castro and NowThisPolitics for taking the time to give MRNV members a platform where they can be heard, and also to Now This for making this possible. You can watch the full conversation below or here.
If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) along with the Time to Care Nevada (TCNV) coalition went up Carson City Lobbying for Earned Paid Sick Days.
Monday February 18 was an exciting day for MRNV members as they, and other partner organizations, joined the TCNV coalition in their fight for earned paid sick days. The morning in Carson City started with a press conference in front of the Nevada State Legislative building where families made a rallying call to legislators on the importance of having earned paid sick days for Nevada’s working families. Our members held “Get Well” balloons and handmade “Get Well” cards. After the press conference, our members went into the Legislative building to find their representatives and deliver the balloons and cards. As elected officials, these politicians have a duty to listen to the concerns of their constituents, listen to their personal experiences, and to make laws that address these issues.
Setting up meetings with Legislators during this very busy day was tasking, but after 4 hours and some determination, we were able to meet with 12 elected officials. Each meeting took place at their individual offices thoughout the 4 story Legislative building. They each sat down with constituents from their district and really listened to their stories. Our members urged their elected officials to support the upcoming Earned Paid Sick day bill introduced by Joyce Woodhouse. Members attending included single families who discussed how difficult it was when they got ill and were forced to miss work, and thus go without pay, leaving their families financially insecure and not knowing how they were going to pay for groceries for that month. They also shared stories of being unable to take proper care of their children when they became ill or help them recover from an injury because they were forced to go back to work as soon as possible in order to not miss a much needed paycheck.
These stories are all too common for working families in Nevada. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, an estimated 487,869 private sector workers in Nevada, or 49% of the workforce, cannot earn a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses or seek medical care. Even one day without pay can prevent a family from affording the rent, a medical co-pay, or an electricity bill. Earned paid sick days not only makes working people’s lives better, it makes our communities stronger and turns our state into a more attractive place to live and work. Employers that offer earned paid sick days help keep our families and communities healthy by reducing the spread of illness and disease that can occur when people go to work or school sick. Currently, only four states require employers to provide paid sick days to their employees (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon). It’s time Nevada becomes the fifth state to pass this economic justice for working families across the state!
View some highlights from our first trip to Carson City this Legislative Session below:
MRNV has Earned Paid Sick Days as a top priority of their 2019 Economic Agenda. Next month MRNV along with TCNV, will be making another trip to Carson City next month to testify in front of legislatures. If you or a person you love have been personally affected by not having Earned Paid Sick Days in Nevada and want to join in on this movement for Justice for working families, please contact us email@example.com
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Make The Road Nevada Unveils their 2019 Economic Justice Agenda
Las Vegas, NV – Over the weekend, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) celebrated their one year anniversary. Since day one, they have focused on building power in the Latinx community. In their one year celebration, the organization not only highlighted their first year’s victories together with DREAMers, Route 91 survivors and Puerto Ricans in the community, they also mentioned their priorities in the upcoming legislative session.
“We will be fighting for earned paid sick days, because our families are important and when our kids or other spouse get sick we need to be able to take time off. Other important issues are, increasing the minimum wage, updating the state’s DMV systems to transfer drivers’ licenses from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, affordable housing and tenant rights, and providing professional occupational licensing regardless of legal status”, said Leo Murrieta, executive director with MRNV.
Members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation as well as state and local officials also made an appearance at MRNV’s celebration where there was more than 300 attendees, offering supportive statements on issues like paid sick days and others that concern families in Nevada. Congressman Steven Horsford mention that families should consider their health and their children’s health as a priority and that earned paid sick days will allow this for families. Congresswoman Dina Titus was also present and gave thanks to Make the Road for helping the community on issues that concern them specially under the current administration.
MRNV is part of a larger family of Make the Road organizations on the east coast. Today, these organizations are at the front lines of the resistance to anti-immigrant federal attacks, and local and state efforts to raise wages, defend immigrant rights, and advance racial justice policies.
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Paid sick days are important for our community! Can you imagine waking up in the morning to find out your child is sick and can’t go to school? First thing in mind is that you can’t miss work because you won’t get paid, there will be consequences and you can potentially lose your job? This is the fear families in Nevada go through when their children get sick or even themselves. Going to work sick is not ideal for anyone, people should have the right to recover and take care of themselves.
Currently in Nevada there is no law that forces businesses to provide paid sick days to their employees. Only some business in our state have established some days as they understand that When workers aren’t forced to choose between caring for loved ones and work, they are more likely to stay in jobs. They understand that we need common sense workplace reforms that reflect the hard realities facing families.
Here is what you need to know about Paid Sick Days:
- According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 49 percent of the workforce cannot earn a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses or seek medical care.
- For a typical family in the United States without paid sick days, for example, 3.5 days lost to illness are equivalent to the family’s entire monthly grocery budget
- Nevada is home to nearly 500,000 Latino workers, who have disproportionately low access to paid sick days
- Paid sick days are good for business. Employee turnover is expensive, on average, one fifth of an employee’s annual salary. Paid sick days result in reduced turnover, which leads to reduced hiring and training costs for businesses.
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