That's because the U.S. doesn't have great vacation policies. Only 59 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid time off, according to the Labor Department. The U.S. is the only major developed country that does not require companies to give their employees a minimum number of vacation days.
In contrast, 60 countries, plus Hong Kong, require vacation time, according to the consulting firm Mercer.
Why? Because these paid, nonworking days that the unions are largely responsible for getting for their members in America contributes to inflation. American economists have determined that the best way to fight inflation is to cancel American workers' vacation days. "If we could cancel all paid vacations, and lower all workers' wages below the artificially established minimum wage, we'd be on the way toward an inflation free society," stated Milton Bondsman of Northern Alabama University. He continued: "Without so doing, employers are forced, absolutely forced, to raise prices that contribute to overall inflation rate."
Dan Wiener, citing oblique sources, stated that it is proven that paid holidays and vacations for workers makes them soft and, over time, is likely to turn them into "softies" like the French workers are. "We need work, work, and more work, and the lower the wage and fewer the vacations the better it is for employers, and that is really what counts in the end."
This story contains 249 words.
If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.
If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.