A new report by Rebecca Ray and John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds that the
To add insult to injury, those who are least likely to be able to afford to take time off without pay are also least likely to have paid leave. Overall, 77% of all workers get an average of 12 days’ paid leave and 76% get six public holidays off with pay. But of those workers earning less than $15 per hour, only 69% get annual leave, and they get an average of ten days per year. Sixty-seven percent get seven paid public holidays off. Only 36% of part time workers get annual leave to the tune of an average of nine days per year, and 37% get an average of six paid holidays.
But that’s not all. Bob Herbert writes in yesterday’s NY Times that
Nearly half of all full-time private sector workers in the
The situation is ridiculous for those in the lowest quarter of
Food service workers are among those least likely to get paid sick days. Eighty-six percent get no sick days at all. They show up in the restaurants coughing and sneezing and feverish, and they start preparing and serving meals. You won’t see many of them wearing masks.
Not to worry, though. Help is on the way.
There’s an effort under way to change this picture…legislation, sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Rosa DeLauro, would require employers with 15 or more workers to provide the sick days.
Never keen to shock observers of industrial relations in the
“If employees need to miss a shift due to illness, there are generally many opportunities to make up that lost shift later in the week, or the next week.”
[Thanks to the Center for American Progress Action Fund for the tipoff.]