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.The legislation we are fighting for would guarantee seven paid sick days per year to all full-time employees in Albuquerque. It would require employers to give three weeks advance notice of schedules and discourage last-minute scheduling changesso that parents like me could plan our children’s education and know that we can spend quality time with our families. It would also guarantee at least eleven hours of time off between the end of one shift and the beginning of the next.This legislation would benefit me and my son, but it isn’t just about us. This is about every worker and every family in Albuquerque.
See the full report in Challenges Facing Albuquerque's Workforce.