Employers Urged to Give Haitians Paid Week Off

World Ebony Network president says compassionate gesture will benefit Haitian employees in grief

Online PR News – 19-January-2010 – – Ezi Mecha, president of nonprofit World Ebony Network, which pleads the socio-economic causes of people of African ancestry, is calling on all private and public sector employers across the U.S. to give their Haitian employees a paid week off to help them deal better with the heavy impact of the devastating Haitian earthquake.

In the wake of the January 12 earthquake described by a United Nations spokeswoman as “a historic disaster,” many Haitians here in the U.S. are still trying to establish the whereabouts of their friends and loved ones in Haiti while others are grieving over friends and loved ones that died in the disaster.

That’s why those of them who are employees should be given at least a paid week of respite, which would allow them to properly attend to their urgent needs without nursing fear of losing their jobs.

“We at World Ebony Network believe this ‘Week-off for Haitian Employees’ would be a remarkable act of goodwill and compassion on the part of these employers especially in this atmosphere of job insecurity when employees are afraid of losing their jobs,” explains Ms. Mecha whose nonprofit is organizing a Haiti Solidarity Candlelight Vigil in Silver Spring Maryland on Wednesday, January 27. About 2000 people are expected at the solidarity vigil.

Ms. Mecha further notes that while it is expedient to send cash donations to victims in Haiti where such donations are urgently needed, it is also important to provide needed emotional support to members of the Haitian community here through things like personal visits, handwritten cards, prayers and professional counseling.

“This is a worthy cause for political, community and business leaders to champion,” concludes Ms. Mecha, a former IBM managing consultant.

For more information on ‘Paid Week-off for Haitian Employees’ campaign or to arrange a media interview with its president Ezi Mecha, please visit http://www.worldebonynetwork.com or call 571-295-2359.