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America: It is Time to Get the Vacation You Need and Deserve

The Vacation Equality Project has launched a White House petition calling for mandatory paid vacation time for all Americans.

Despite our super power status around the globe, the United States is the only advanced economy in the world without legally mandated vacation for our citizens - with one in four American workers, or 28 million people, in the private sector not entitled to any time off. Contrast that with France and Germany where citizens are guaranteed 30 and 20 paid vacation days respectively a year.

In response, vacation equality supporters are rallying to change America's no-vacation policy once and for all with the launch of the new campaign, The Vacation Equality Project, advocating for a minimum amount of paid vacation time and building awareness of the many health and economic benefits of having quality R&R.

Studies show that those who take vacations are not only more likely to stay with their company, but perform considerably better at work than those who do not take any time off.  What's more, productivity and performance reviews rise by eight percent for each additional 10 hours an employee takes of vacation, AlterNet reported.

Accompanying the short film is a Petition, which has been submitted to the White House, We The People. Project organizers hope to obtain 100,000 signatures by August 15 to secure a White House response on the issue.

Watch the film below and sign the petition to close the vacation gap between the United States and the rest of the world!

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.

 

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