Have The Fourth Of July Off? Then You’re Lucky

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Via Think Progress:

You’re lucky if you have today off. That’s because unlike 13 other developed countries, we don’t guarantee that workers get any paid holidays.

If you took the week before the Fourth off or even extended the long weekend with a few paid vacation days, you are also lucky. Nearly a quarter of American workers don’t get any paid vacation time, and that figure has actually grown over the past two decades. And low-wage workers are even less likely to get the benefit, as just under half of them receive it, compared to 90 percent of high-wage workers. In fact, the United States is the only advanced country in the world that doesn’t require companies to offer paid vacation days.

Even when vacation days are available, employees are often afraid to use them.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 4, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Fox Business Host: Jobs Report Might Be “Too Good”

    Only on Faux News:

    Fox Business host Charles Payne tried to put a negative spin on the news that the unemployment rate fell in June, tweeting that it might be “too good for the stock market.”

    Economists and business reporters praised the numbers from the July 3 Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report. That report found an increase in total nonfarm payroll employment of 288,000 in June, with unemployment decreasing to 6.1 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008.

    Payne immediately attempted to negatively spin the report, asking in a tweet “is the jobs number too good for the stock market?”

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently near 17,000. When President Obama took office on January 20, 2009, it was at 8,279.63.

    In the real world, the Dow broke 17,000 at yesterday’s close. Which is a record high.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on July 4, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Robert Reich: ‘Freedom’ Is Just Another Word For Letting the Rich Get Richer

    The so-called “free market” is not expanding options and opportunities for most people. It’s extending them for the few who are wealthy enough to influence how the market is organized.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on July 4, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    Where I work, Christmas is only recognized as an unpaid holiday and they let us off at six on new years eve, unpaid.

    I DID get a 35 dollar bonus card to be used at Walmart.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on July 4, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    This year, I asked to be paid instead of taking any vacation and was told I couldn’t do that anymore. The new policy only allowed me to burden my manager and staff to receive a reward for being allowed to work over 31 hours a week. The reward is a week off per year, (use or lose).

    I took the week off and replaced my own toilet. Talk about toiling! :)

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