Columnist Mike Causey warns that President Obama’s plan to extend sick leave benefits to all American workers might shine a spotlight on the more generous benefits federal and postal employees enjoy:
President Barack Obama’s proposal to give all American workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year is mind-boggling — and welcome — to many people. Also …
It could launch a public debate over pay-pension-leave and health insurance perks offered by the government to its employees. Which in turn could make 2015 a year of job-related global warming for federal workers.
Many federal workers probably wonder what’s the fuss about giving people seven days of sick leave per year. That’s because Uncle Sam has long been ahead of his time when it comes to things like a generous leave package for workers: Like the standard federal 13-days per year of sick leave, in addition to a brand-new mandate that gives new federal parents up to six weeks of paid sick leave each year. For a look at the government package, click here.
Many people, especially in a white-collar, upper-income- dominated economy like Washington, D.C., don’t realize that many American workers don’t get any sick leave. Period.