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El Paso’s Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) announced Tuesday a new program that allows their employees time and pay during their scheduled work day to take time to vote.
“We are committed to provide our TFCU employees the time to practice their right to vote during every city, state, or national election going forward,” said TFCU’s President/CEO, Max Villaronga.
Officials share that one of the main reasons for low voter participation during any election, is that citizens don’t have time to go vote on Election Day due to their responsibilities at home and at work.
“TFCU wants to eliminate that barrier for their 200+ employees by granting them one paid hour to make it to the polls on Election Day or during Early Voting before or after their regularly scheduled work hours,” officials said.
The credit union also announced that they have joined the Time to Vote Movement, a national non-partisan coalition that aims to increase voter participation in U.S. elections, in which more than 1,400 companies and CEOs have committed to provide their employees the time and resources to vote.
“Every U.S. citizen has the right to be heard, especially during these unprecedented times in our country,” Mr. Villaronga said.
TFCU is the only El Paso Credit Union to make this commitment to their employees and their community.
“TFCU encourages businesses in El Paso to stand with them and join the Time to Vote Movement by making the commitment and honoring each citizen’s right to vote,” officials added.
Time to Vote is a nonpartisan, business-led initiative to help ensure employees across America don’t have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. Participation includes giving employees access to and information about early voting or vote-by-mail options, offering paid time off on Election Day or making it a day without meetings.
Time to Vote was founded by Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia and PayPal ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, when 411 companies representing all 50 states and a variety of industries joined. For more information, click here.