For Immediate Release:
FIRST PAID VACATION
TAKE BACK YOUR TIME is pleased to announce that Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) will introduce the Paid Vacation Act of 2009 at a news conference on the Cannon House Office Building Terrace in Washington DC at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 21, 2009.
- Requires one week of paid vacation for employees of companies with at least 100 employees. Three years after passage, the bill extends this requirement to companies with at least 50 employees, and requires two weeks for companies with 100 employees.
- Covers workers after one year on the job. Part-timers must work 25 or more hours a week and 1250 hours per year to be covered.
YOUR TIME Executive Director
“We hope that
if you live in the
“This is a
very modest bill,” says de Graaf.
“But we support it wholeheartedly and congratulate
Congressman Grayson for introducing it and helping open a
dialogue about why vacations matter, how deprived Americans
are when it comes to paid time off, and why we must act now
to improve the situation.”
He points out that a poll conducted last year by TAKE
BACK YOUR TIME found that half of all Americans took less
than one week of vacation last year.
A quarter of all workers receive no paid vacation
time at all and the average is less than two weeks.
Meanwhile, the number of
The poll found that 69% of American voters would support a paid vacation law, including 75% of women, 83% of voters under 30, and 89% of African-Americans. “Without any question, there is widespread grassroots support for this,” says Robinson, who has been working on the issue for a decade.
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of 2009 from private companies, citizen action
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Media inquiries regarding the specifics of the bill and the news conference should be made directly to Congressman Grayson’s press secretary, Todd Jurkowski:
Todd Jurkowski, Press
Congressman Alan Grayson (Dist. 8,
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