Hotels.com pledge for #Vacationequality
We’d like to thank everyone who got involved in the conversation on #VacationEquality over the past few weeks. Together we sparked millions of conversations, video views, shares and petition signatures. It doesn’t end here. We’ll transform every signature on the petition into postcards to send to House members soon. #staytuned Keep sharing and visit VacationEqualityProject.com to learn more.
When Hotels.com came to me and asked me to work on a special project with them, I was curious.
“It has to do with vacation equality,” explained Vicki Dolenga of Hotels.com.
I learned that the U.S. is the only advanced economy with no guaranteed minimum vacation time. One in four working Americans have no paid time off at all.
“People who already get paid vacation through their employers may think that the Vacation Equality Project has no bearing on them, but what they don’t realize is that without a law on the books, their employers can take that benefit away at any time,” said Dolenga. “Maybe that’s not likely – but wouldn’t it be better to protect that?”
Hotels.com is asking Americans to visit VacationEqualityProject.com. Visitors can learn about the Vacation Equality Project, and watch a video on how to support the initiative.
Americans can sign a petition on the “We the People” website that asks the White House to take a position on guaranteed paid vacation time. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures by August 15, 2014, the White House will review the petition and issue an official response.
“We are a strong believer in the power of vacation and we hope that the Vacation Equality Project will help increase awareness of this issue,” said Johan Svanstrom, president of the Hotels.com brand. “The goal of the movement is to make paid vacation part of the national conversation and eventually get the White House and Congress engaged.”
Hotels.com ran a recent survey where 1000 Americans were polled. They found that an overwhelming majority of Americans were not aware that the U.S. is the only advanced economy that does not require paid vacation for working people, and 57% of are in favor guaranteed paid vacation time. Fifty-one percent said they would support a law requiring employers to provide paid vacation time.
The survey also noted that Americans also believe that vacation time has enormous benefits overall, with improved quality of life, health and wellness and creates productivity in the work place.
To learn more about the Vacation Equality Project and how to sign the petition by August 15th, please visit VacationEqualityProject.com.
Join the social conversation and share your views using the hashtag #VacationEquality on Twitter and Facebook, and follow along with @hotelsdotcom and @adventurgirl for updates.