Getting sick of Ted Kennedy

Yesterday, I heard news that Ted Kennedy was re-introducing the so-called “Healthy Families Act.” One of the key provisions was requiring any company with more than 15 employees to grant their full-time workers a minimum of seven sick days each year.

Now, unlike Senator Kennedy, I’ve held a real job. In fact, I’ve spent my entire life working in the private sector. And I’m currently a typical living-paycheck-to-paycheck wage slave worker drone, and would benefit greatly from this act.

But from my experience in the private sector (something Kennedy could benefit from), I can figure out just how bad an idea this would be.

Everyone knows that sick time is horrendously abused. Hell, I’ve done it myself. My employer’s sick plan is a accrual plan, meaning I receive my sick and vacation time bit by bit, with each pay cycle. (I currently have almost 3 weeks vacation and 20 hours sick time built up). Sick time maxes out at 48 hours, though.

Once, I realized that I had maxed my sick time. Shortly thereafter, I declared a “mental health day” and phoned out, then did whatever the hell I felt like that day instead of working.

And two weeks later karma bit me on the ass when I came down with viral gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”), taking me out of work for a week and wiping out all my sick time and biting into my vacation time. So I don’t do that any more.

I also work in a small office — less than 10 people — for a big company. When one person calls out sick, it hits everyone as we divvy up the workload. And if two people call out sick, it’s a major crisis.

But that doesn’t matter to Ted. He wants to continue to kiss up to the labor unions and giving more and more benefits to workers at the expense of employers, not realizing that increasing the costs of labor drives more and more jobs abroad.

My employer has already farmed out a good number of jobs to India, and more can follow. But as long as the unions keep pumping money into his pockets, Kennedy could care less. After all, only idiots WORK for a living — the finest people simply suck off the public teat their entire life.

J.

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