After announcing a move to guarantee essential healthcare for New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio is also moving to guarantee paid time off for workers. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will unveil legislation Wednesday mandating two weeks of paid time off for workers in the city, a move that would guarantee paid time off for an additional 500,000 people.
The proposal, which would have to win approval from the City Council, would make New York a pioneer in labor law. No U.S. city or state requires paid time off for workers, while Puerto Rico does require employers to pay for time off. The law would exempt firms with fewer than five employees from the requirement.
At least 20 countries — including New Zealand, Ireland and Greece — mandate at least 10 days of paid vacation, making the United States an outlier in not offering these benefits. Several states and cities have adopted mandatory paid sick leave since 2011 but not paid vacation.
De Blasio’s push comes one day after he announced an initiative to guarantee health care for all city residents, including undocumented immigrants, pledging $100 million and a commitment to extend health insurance to an additional 600,000 New York residents.”
Hosts: Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola
Cast: Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola
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