Friday, May 24, 2013

The United States is the only country that has ZERO guaranteed vacation days

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has updated their study of paid vacation and holiday time in developed countries around the world. The United States is the only country in the group that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time.

Fun facts:
•1 in 4 private-sector workers in the US do not receive any paid vacation or paid holidays
•28 million Americans don’t get a vacation
•The average paid vacation + paid holidays provided to U.S. workers in the private sector is less than the minimum required by law in nearly every other rich country
•Only 69% of low wage workers have vacation
•Only 36% of part time workers have any paid vacation

Has it become apparent yet to my fellow Americans that we are getting screwed here? The Corporate Oligarchy and their conservative boot lickers constantly try to keep people poor, hungry, and desperate because they know that's the key to forcing people to work longer, harder, and faster for less.

Corporate profits are at an all time high. Productivity of workers is at record highs. Wages for the vast majority of Americans have fallen. The Republicans are literally trying to kill the last remnants of unions, end Over-Time pay, outsource more jobs, and deregulate even further in an attack on working folks.

Average number of vacation days offered
Italy 42 days
France 37 days
Germany 35 days
Brazil 34 days
United Kingdom 28 days
Canada 26 days
Korea 25 days
Japan 25 days
U.S. 13 days

Percentage of people that actually use the full amount of vacation time offered
France: 89 %
Argentina: 80 %
Hungary: 78 %
Britain: 77 %
Saudi Arabia: 76 %
Germany: 75 %
Turkey: 74 %
Indonesia: 70 %
Mexico: 67 %
Italy 66 %
China: 65 %
Sweden: 63 %
Brazil: 59 %
India: 59 %
Canada: 58 %
United States: 57 %

CEPR article and Acrobat link to study (pdf format)

Articles I wrote on the subject in 2011:
America: No Vacation Time For You 
Message From Corporate America: Work Longer, Harder, Faster