No Vacation Nation — the Richest or Poorest?


On 10/22 posting, I mentioned from my previous reading that “Europeans work less and enjoy more vacation than Americans do.” Last weekend, I read an article, published in 2007, referring America as “No-Vacation Nation.” The article reviews a report on international vacation and holiday laws.

The big discovery is “the United States is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers any paid vacation or holidays. As a result, 1 in 4 U.S. workers do not receive any paid vacation or paid holidays. The lack of paid vacation and paid holidays in the U.S. is particularly acute for lower-wage and part-time workers, and for employees of small businesses.”

What does it say about American culture, a culture of workaholics or what? Do we really work harder and longer but enjoy less than Europeans? Sounds like Americans are more like merry-go-around money-generated beings. So pathetic! At best for the poor only.

See the original article, “European Economic and Employment Policy Brief,” http://www.etui.org/research/Media/Files/EEEPB/2007/3-2007

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