DES MOINES, IA -- U.S. Senate Candidate Eddie Mauro (D-IA) released the following statement calling for bold action in response to working families hurting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Iowa has not faced a challenge as grim as what we are facing today in over 100 years. And all we are hearing from Governor Kim Reynolds and Senator Joni Ernst are talking points and inaction.
Both Ernst and Reynolds are employers and neither of them have walked the talk on supporting universal and comprehensive paid family leave. Joni Ernst just this week voted to not provide paid family leave benefits to nearly 20 million workers and Governor Reynold’s proposed no paid family leave to State of Iowa employees.
I have provided Paid Family & Medical Leave benefits to my nearly 70 employees for over a decade. I have made decisions that reduced my bottom line so I can provide these benefits to my workers. My employees are more than just workers to me, but the people who have made my company successful and I owe it to them to do everything I can to support and stand by them.
So, I have a question for Governor Reynolds and Senator Ernst. If I can provide paid family leave benefits to my employees, why can’t you?”
BACKGROUND ON EDDIE MAURO’S BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CAREER
U.S. Senate Candidate Eddie Mauro started his working career as a busboy, fast food worker, construction worker, truck driver, warehouse hand, food server and in manufacturing and then became a school teacher and coach. He joined the family property & casualty insurance business in the mid-1990s. He now owns the company. The company, now called UIG, provides property & casualty insurance products to independent agents all over Iowa and around the country.
Eddie Mauro is the President of UIG and employs 67 people around the country in six (6) offices including offices in Iowa, Arizona, Louisiana, North Carolina, Missouri and Kansas.
UIG provides to its employees’ health insurance, paid family & medical leave and supports policies guaranteeing equal pay for equal work throughout the company.
UIG has 67 employees of which 57 of them (85%) are women. Of the six (6) offices around the country, four (4) are managed by women and of the five (5) executive departments at UIG, three (3) are directed by women.
In 2008, during the last recession, Eddie Mauro made the decision to cut pay for himself and senior leadership rather than layoff employees during the downturn. They have pledged to do the same thing during the COVID-19 pandemic.