Happy Labor Day!

labor-day-2014-5I’d like to raise a toast to all who contribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  And an extra one for those who have to work today.  Americans are the hardest workers in the world, and here are some excerpts from Faith Salie’s commentary on Sunday Morning that attest to this fact.

“… the average American worker leaves four vacation days unused, according to Expedia. In the past year, collectively, Americans chose not to take more than 500 million available days off from work… the most common reason given is to accumulate days for possible future trips. But there are less hopeful reasons, too — some workers say they can’t afford a vacation. Others say “work is their life” … and some fear a boss’ view of an employee who takes his or her full time off.”

According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, the U.S. is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Almost a quarter of Americans receive no paid holidays, and most of those folks are low-wage workers and small business employees.”

“… workers in the European Union are legally guaranteed at least 20 paid vacation days per year. What about the industrious Japanese? They get at least 10 days.”

“Before you dismiss vacations as something that will make Americans as soft as fine French cheese, consider this: if we used all our time off, our economy would benefit from more than $160 billion in sales and would support 1.2 million jobs [according to “An Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S.” by Oxford Economics, February 2014].”

Be sure to find time to unplug, unwind, and share treasured moments with your family!

Read and watch Faith’s full commentary here:


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