Speech About Vacation

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Specific purpose: To persuade my audience to support the legislation to provide everyone with four weeks paid vacation Central Idea: Adopted paid vacation legislation in the USA will help us to stay healthy, avoid stress and bond with our family.

Introduction

Attention:
I. Do you know that more than 147 countries, including all developed countries, now have a law that guaranties paid vacation to every employee? But the United States is the only industrial country in the world which doesn’t have any legislation about it. What is more, from 1980 to present day we moved from 11th place in the world to 42nd based on vacation longevity, and we spend almost 2 months more at work each year than Western Europeans.

II. I am personally also affected by absence of vacation legislation. I have two part time jobs, but unfortunately both my employers do not give me any paid vacation time. My story is not unique, because today in US around 60% of part-time workers don’t receive paid vacation benefits.

III. Today, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to encourage you to support the legislation to provide everyone with four weeks paid vacation.

Transition: We’ll start by looking at necessity to adopt the paid vacation legislation.

Body

Need
I. Today in the United Stated vacation became a luxury for many Americans, and it is unreasonably short and can only voluntarily be provided by employers as a benefit.

A. According to a study commissioned by Expedia.com, 13 days is the average vacation time in the U.S. 1. Average vacation time among the other countries – chart. (Expedia.com and Ray)

2. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
a. 1 in 4 workers - no paid vacation
b. 40% of American women earning less than $40,000 a year - no paid annual leave

3. Low-wage and part time workers and employees of small businesses...
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