U.S.A. and paid sick leave

Can you believe it that today, anno 2015, still 43 million private-sector workers in the U.S. are without any form of paid sick leave?

It is strange that in such a country which says to value the human being so high there are no provisions made for people taking care of their self and their beloved ones without losing out on the economical market. Only three states — California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island — offer paid family and medical leave. The United States remains the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave.

Having a president concerned about social wealth and social health, ahead of his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the President is announcing several initiatives that will spur action and empower working parents in both their roles as workers and parents.

Barack Obama is calling on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow millions of working Americans to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time. He’ll help states and municipalities create and manage their own paid leave programs. And he’s signing a Presidential Memorandum that will ensure that most federal employees have access to at least six weeks of paid sick leave when a new child arrives by allowing new parents to advance sick leave — and also proposing that Congress offer six weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave as well.

In this week’s address, the President recounted the stories of letter writers from around the country who will be joining him when he delivers his annual State of the Union Address this Tuesday.

“Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country, and every night, I read ten of them. They tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. They’re the Americans I’m working for every day, and this year, several of these letter writers will join me at the Capitol when I deliver my annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night.”


No political games may be played between Democrats and Republicans, the well-being of its people are at stake.

Obama did everything he could to increase the situation of all Americans, also the new immigrants, and mostly the lower classes which have been forgotten by most previous governors. Obama is just one president who does not want to force people to work at unworthy conditions. If he could, perhaps, he would not mind giving American citizen a weekly stipend to live off. For him all those who work should also be able to feel that they are living, and not that they are slaves of the industry and slave of a country that does not want to show respect for what they do.

In many industrialised countries the pay checks are not covering any more the basics of life. Being part of the economical rich countries every person in the community also should, when he or she works, receive enough to buy those things which we consider to be part of our modern life, like cable, internet, satellite, cars, television sets, performance computers, etc. .

No one should be inconvenienced when there are internal reasons for not being able to work for a few days. It is not right that the livelihood of a household has completely to be dependent on one person, be it a man or a woman. In the States there are too many plagued with the moral dilemma of being at work and missing out on doctors’ appointments, school programs, and classroom parties or missing work and creating even more of a financial hardship.

Our societies also have too many single moms of whom have no back-up when their children become ill. Too many companies allot no sick or personal days, so these moms must either use one of the 10 days they are given for vacation per year, or, if they have no vacation days left, they must send their sick child to school/daycare and hope they don’t get a call in the middle of the day.

Not only the United States of America has to do something for those women. The State has to fix these challenges which won’t just make life better for millions of American families. It will ultimately improve the financial bottom lines of the companies that choose to step up and make a change on their own. They shall come to see that people also would become much more motivated, and being less under pressure will work much better.

Let’s make that happen now. If you’re an employer, ask yourself what you’re doing for your workers on paid sick days and paid leave. If you’re looking for a job or have one, consider what changes like these would mean for your success — at work, and at home.

President Barack Obama and Senior Advisor Vale...

President Barack Obama and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett chat outside the Oval Office in the White House, June 12, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) License on Flickr (2011-01-22): United States Government Work Flickr tags: Washington, D.C., USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

says Valerie Jarrett the Senior Advisor of the White House.

And if you’re setting your schedule, make sure you’re planning to watch the President’s State of the Union address this Tuesday to learn more about the actions he’s taking on behalf of working families across this country.

President Obama is committed to ensuring that the United States of America maintain the strongest, most skilled, and most productive possible workforce for the 21st century. That will begin with strong families, and workplaces filled with loyal and empowered workers. Today’s action is a step toward that goal, and everyone has a role to play.


About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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2 Responses to U.S.A. and paid sick leave

  1. Marcus Ampe says:

    23,928+ People who wrote in to tell the White House what was important to them.

    50 States that participated (in addition to DC and the territories, too!).

    6 Americans sent in a message from Cedar Falls, Iowa — where the President just spoke on the importance of high-speed broadband.

    The White House tallied up the responses — all 23,928 of them. Economic issues were by far the most-often mentioned, with one in three citing them as priorities.

    But other issues were important to the citizens too: 22% focused on renewable energy and climate, and more than 16% highlighted education issues.

    Their priorities:
    Economy (37%)

    Energy (22%)

    Education (16%)

    Health Care (10%)

    Other (15%)


  2. Marcus Ampe says:

    The White House asked them to tell them more about their priorities — and what made them so important to the American public.

    “Anyone who works for a living should not be forced into poverty.” Frank from Fort Mill, SC

    “Today’s job market is changing quickly and our traditional education system isn’t preparing graduates to enter the field. Training Americans with skills for good jobs will not only help individuals make a better life for themselves, but will also help the American economy.” Krista from Cathedral City, CA

    “Roads, bridges and schools need to be maintained and upgraded. These shovel-ready jobs are a necessity.” Gerald from Coppell, TX

    “The more renewable energy we produce, the more money stays in our country/region. This is helpful for our regional economies, as we often can produce local energy and create local jobs and reduce the transportation needs for distributing energy.” Ted from Washburn, WI


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