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Dems Still Pushing Mandatory Sick Leave

From McClatchy:

Paid sick leave pushed for low-income workers

By Tony Pugh | McClatchy Newspapers

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — Fresh off passage of a sweeping health care overhaul, the Obama administration is supporting legislation to provide mandatory paid sick leave for more than 30 million additional workers who are some of nation’s lowest-paid employees.

The Healthy Families Act, sponsored by Sen. Christopher Dodd, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats from Connecticut, would require companies that have 15 or more employees to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked or up to seven sick days a year for a full-time worker.

Both bills — HR 2460/S1152 — are stuck in committee and haven’t yet faced a vote. In fact, most legislative action has come at the state and municipal level. In recent years, California, Ohio, Maine and New Jersey have considered bills requiring paid sick leave. San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have passed laws that require it for private-sector employees. New York City is debating a similar measure.

Top Obama administration officials voiced their support for the federal proposal this week in separate appearances with women’s and family rights advocates who’ve gathered in Washington to lobby for the bills.

Groups such as the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the National Partnership for Women and Families say the proposal would provide an overdue measure of economic and workplace justice.

Only 25 percent of low-wage workers have paid sick leave, which makes it a financial hardship for them to get sick and miss work. Those who do stay home to heal or to tend to a family member’s illness fear that they could lose their jobs if they miss too many days.

At a briefing Tuesday morning, Terrell McSweeny, domestic policy adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, called the proposal "an issue of middle-class economic security" for struggling families…

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis [agrees].

"Yes, economic times are hard, but right now we have never seen so much productivity on behalf of our work force, so I don’t buy that argument," she said. "I think there’s something unreasonable about that. In my experience, I know that people will actually be more productive in the workplace when they know that their employer is actually sensitive to what their current needs are."

This must be one of the lesser known laws of economics.

More than 50 million American workers — nearly 40 percent of the private labor force — don’t get paid if they miss work because of illness.

The problem is most pronounced in lower-paying industries such as food service and child care, in which only 27 percent of workers get paid sick leave. A recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimates that people who came to work while they were sick with the H1N1 virus may have infected 7 million people at the height of the outbreak last year

And we are supposed to believe this?

President Barack Obama first voiced his support for paid sick leave at his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. That same day, a study by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago found that 77 percent of American workers support the practice

As we noted back in November of 2009, Mr. Dodd tried to use the hysteria about the H1N1 pandemic to ram through "emergency" mandatory paid sick leave for people suffering from ‘Swine Flu.’ That was just going to be a temporary measure, of course.

Unfortunately, the H1N1 didn’t quite pan out as they had hoped. So now Mr. Dodd has to take the gloves off and show us what he was really after all along.

And why not? It’s a matter of ‘social justice’ for sure.

Certainly the businesses of America can easily afford it. They have money to burn.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Dems Still Pushing Mandatory Sick Leave”

  1. Right of the People says:

    The biggest problem with people doing the low paying jobs is if you give them “sick leave” it instantly becomes vacation.

    My wife worked in the HR department of a factory for a number of years and they had to eventually switch from a system of 10 paid sick days and 10 vacation days to 14 days what is called PTO or personal time off because so many people were abusing the system. Any Friday before a holiday weekend you could count on up to 60% of the work force to be “sick”. Now, if you take vacation or a sick day, you use PTO and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    I am having trouble with my eyes.
    I can’t see going into work today!

    One more method of training out any good work habits before people get ‘real’ jobs.

  3. proreason says:

    This is what happens when you stuff thousands of kooks from the White House staff in dozens of office buildings in Washington DC.

    They gotta do something to justify their existnace.

    Look soon for new rights to be declared for weekly pedicures, subsidized ipods, time off to be an American Idol contestant, and tax credits for tatoos and nose rings.

  4. David says:

    I’m all for this if the Dems lead the way by taking everyday from here till November off. Liberalism being a terrifying disease that cripples the victims ability to reason and love his/her country.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:


    I read through Article 1 Section 8 of our Constitution and didn’t find a hint of authority granted to the federal government for them to be involved in this little scam either!

    But who’s keepin; track, ‘ay.

  6. JohnMG says:

    Hey, check this out.

    All the congress critters get well PAID for what they are doing to the country whether they are in DC or not.

    All of their bungling activity is beginning to make me SICK of their shennanigans.

    So they would do us all a huge favor if they would simply LEAVE Washington and go home never to return.

    Money well spent. Now here’s an idea. Pay them to stay away–it’s cheaper than having them in session.

  7. BillK says:

    This just in – small companies all over America lay off thousands to reduce their employee rolls to 14.

  8. mr_bill says:

    Yet another liberal plan to pay people to NOT work.

  9. thetoysurgeon says:

    Why don’t we just make them stay at home and send their paycheck to their home! Me bad ! We already are doing that ! Just another ploy by the DEMS to keep minorities in the dark like it has always been. Nothing to see here folks move along. Same ole story !

  10. proreason says:

    I’m beginning to think that allowing the coup takeover of elementary and secondary education might be the most critical mistake Americans have made in our half-assed war with the subversives over the last 5 decades.

    Other candidates for the honor of biggest mistake are the coup takeovers of the media, higher education, the Supreme Court, and morality (how’d that one happen?).

    We seem to now have a country of self-loving, brain-dead pleasure seekers, either incapable or uninterested in thinking the simplest things.

    How could could a government compelled increase in sick-time even get to the point of being discussed by the Federal government? Aside from the Constitution, aside from the triviality of the issue…what about common sense? Doesn’t anybody have any anymore? How brainless do you have to be to think the federal government should be in any way involved?

    What next? filling in the menus in the company cafeteria? dictating a dress code? assigning parking spots? Don’t laugh. If they thought one of those would get them a vote, the criminal politicians would be on it like a fly on horse manure.


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