U.S. Working Conditions: Surprising Findings


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Today, ten percent of America’s workforce is unemployed, and many more workers are facing underemployment or enduring poor working conditions and inadequate supports and benefits. Jody Heymann, founder and director of the Project on Global Working Families and a professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Arts at McGill University, has written a new book entitled Raising the Global Floor (to be released on November 17th). It is based on an eight-year study examining the working conditions faced by 55,000 households in seven countries on five continents. The book compares working conditions and labor laws in the United States with those in 189 other countries. In her research, Jody found that 163 nations guarantee paid sick leave, but the U.S. is not one of them. This is just one of several disturbing findings about the benefits of US workers compared to those in other countries. Legislation regarding mandatory paid sick leave is currently being considered in Congress, but other needs (maternity/paternity leave, breaks for breastfeeding, time off to take care of a sick child, spouse or parent) are still unanswered. For More Information, please visit: http://www.nationalpartnership.org