Thursday, March 06, 2014

Cannot stop kicking a poor person and succumb to good policy

Good luck with dodging that virus.
A new analysis from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a nonprofit that advocates for pro-family policies, found that in 2012 it was primarily poor, Hispanic workers who were most likely to go without paid sick days. Overall, the organization found that 39 percent of private-sector workers over the age of 18 must choose between getting paid or staying home when they fall ill.
Which means you show up for work if you are sick...and poor.

And if you are poor, you much more likely work at a restaurant.

And if you work at a restaurant, why would you ever be near other people?

So it would make perfect sense to require businesses, especially restaurants, to allow a few paid sick days every year. Well, we cannot have sound policy like that now, can we
Meanwhile, 10 states have passed laws prohibiting local governments from establishing sick-leave laws.
Why it is almost as if poor people don't have anyone representing their interests.


[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Montag said...

It's not just when the worker is sick. Since so many of the poor are single parents, if a kid gets sick, the parent is unlikely to leave the child alone, so that's a day without pay for every day the kid's sick, unless they're fortunate enough to have a relative to look after them.

Not only that, have an extended illness and the job likely won't be there for them when they're ready to work again.

Ain't capitalism grand? First, it creates the poor, and then it exploits them.

pansypoo said...

we all are on a toxic cruise ship. thank you.