President Barack Obama on Monday issued an executive order obliging Federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their workers of seven days per year.
While being at a Greater Boston Labor Council event on Labor Day, President Obama bashed on Republican Presidential candidates and their policies of dismantling unions with singing an executive order to government contractors to offer sick leave for any seven days of the year.
This order will affect more than 300,000 people and starting in 2017, workers can earn a minimum of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked.
Obama also mentioned that workers deserve more measures that will provide them e better life, such as paid maternity leave and other worker friendly measures.
According to Reuters, while speaking in front of a crowd of workers he said “Right now, we are the only advanced nation on Earth that does not guarantee pad maternity leave.” He jokingly added “Now, for the men in the audience in particular, think about that. We wouldn’t even go to work if we had to carry around somebody for nine months. The human race would evaporate.”
It is a Democrat view that unions and organized labor should be protected. Obama reiterated that the middle class is built on values that are held by the working Americans and that Republican Presidential candidates who say that they fight for the middles class make big claims. The Republican Party, on the other hand do not hold the same perspective. Republican Presidential hopeful Scott Walker, during a campaign event in New Hampshire said that this new policy of the President is wrong. He stated “It’s clear he stand with the big government union bosses while we stand with the people.”
Obama used the Labor Day event to call on Congress to pass legislation that would provide government workers six more week of paid parental leave. He also called for a vote on the Healthy Families Act, a rule that would give employees seven paid sick days every year if they are employed by a business with 15 or more workers. The White House estimates that there are 44 million private-sector workers that make 40% of the entire private-sector work force.
Obama’s 2016 budget provides $2 billion for states to make laws that give employees maternity, paternity and eldercare leave.
According to Reuters, the Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said that they are not able to say what the costs would be for a seven day paid sick leave. He stated “We believe the cost of implementing this rule is offset by the efficiencies that come with reduced attrition, increased loyalty, all of those things that have been documented in a number of studies of state laws that have been enacted.”
President Barack Obama honored Labor Day and the American labor movement and valued the contributions that working Americans have made for the well-being of the country with an order that would provide paid sick leave to 300,000 employees. The order was signed on Air Force One while being in Boston, Massachusetts, the state that approved a paid sick leave policy state-wide.