Councilwoman Nury Martinez on Introducing Paid Parental Leave With Councilmember David Ryu

On Tuesday, January 29, Councilwoman Nury Martinez co-introduced a motion to the Los Angeles City Council with Councilmember David Ryu asking the City of Los Angeles to request the City Attorney to draft a paid parental leave ordinance for working families in the City of Los Angeles. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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Councilwoman Nury Martinez on Introducing Paid Parental Leave With Councilmember David Ryu

Los Angeles - City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6) issued the following statement after cosigning a motion with Councilmember David Ryu (CD4) to request the city attorney to draft a paid parental leave ordinance for working families in Los Angeles:

“Since I was elected five years ago, I have worked every day to make our City a better, friendlier place for working families. I am proud to say that with the introduction of the Paid Parental Leave motion that would allow for new parents to take up to 18 weeks of leave without a reduction in pay, we are one step closer to achieving this goal. Los Angeles has long been the epicenter of innovation for our 21st Century economy, but as far as we have come we still have much room to improve. Unfortunately, today’s existing state and federal programs often cater to a white-collar economy, while leaving out low-wage workers and people of color. I hear so much talk about how working Americans need to evolve to reflect our changing economy, but I never hear us talk about the need for our economy to reflect us.

“According to one study, women who return to work after taking paid leave are 40 percent less likely to receive public assistance in the year after giving birth than women who keep working and have no leave at all. However, our laws governing paid parental leave are still written to serve a 20th-century workforce of men. Put simply, our labor laws need to reflect a 21st-century economy and that means making our City more friendly for working parents.

“By providing full paid parental leave, we will empower LA’s hard-working mothers and fathers with the tools to be the outstanding parents they are, without fear of losing their paychecks. I am proud to partner with Councilmember David Ryu in bringing this long overdue legislation to the floor. Together, we are working to shift the balance of power so that working parents are no longer treated like second-class citizens by their employers.”

Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the 6th Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.