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What You Should Know / December 3, 2009

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www.epi.org -- U.S. employers, unlike those in many other industrialized countries, are not legally required to give workers any time off for illness, or to care for a sick family member. While some employers do provide paid sick leave, it is rarely offered to the lowest-paid workers. Only 21% of those earning wages in the bottom 10% of the wage scale have sick leave. By contrast, 81% of the highest-paid workers have some paid sick leave.

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  • 1. franc black  |  December 3rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Everytime I read an article about America’s socio-economic divides, I merely shake my head…you poor poor yankee bastards.
    If you can take the cold, move up here to Canada. Sure, we still have a monarch’s head on our currency, but we speak ‘American’, give sick days to most everybody, and have a national health system (which you can boost with private plans of all sorts).
    It always amazes me how easily your population gets subdued by the elites and taken advantage of. Your constitution and all of its amendments are only as good as the people it was written to protect.
    Rise up and save yourselves, oh friendly cousins of ours!

    Watching it all happen from up here in Canaduh,

    franc black


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