Chain restaurant, Ole, Albuquerque, NM
My name is Reina Acosta, I am 23 years old, and I am a single mother of an amazing three year old boy named Evan. Evan is always my number one priority, and everything that I do is to support his learning, growth, and happiness. I support Fair Workweek ABQ because I know that my friends, family, and neighbors in Albuquerque and around the country are hard workers like me who are also doing everything they can for their families.I’m a waitress at a local chain restaurant in Albuquerque. I’ve been working there for five years, and I don’t receive any paid sick days. My schedule, luckily, is usually consistent, but it happens a lot that I’m forced to work extra hours, lose a shift, or told to come in on my day off. When those inconsistent hours happen, I lose time that I could spend playing at the park with Evan, reinforcing the learning that he’s done at school that day, or kissing him just because I want to.
Working parents like me should be able to plan our children’s education and knowthat we can spend quality time with our families.
See the full report in Challenges Facing Albuquerque's Workforce.