One of the latest petitions created on whitehouse.gov is an appeal to make the Monday following the Super Bowl a federal holiday. The petition cites sluggish employees calling in sick or showing up late to work and encourages the Obama administration to save us all the trouble and enact a new federal holiday.
You can sign the petition here.
The White House petition states “an estimated 1.5 million Americans will call in sick, an extra 4.4 million will show up to work late and 10 percent of the workforce will use one of their vacation days” on Feb. 3, the day after Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most observed unofficial holidays in the United States today. Football fans watch the big game for obvious reasons while non-fans watch for the halftime show or witty commercials. The Monday after the Super Bowl is celebrated by the winning team’s fans or mourned by fans of the losers, but the average employee is often sluggish regardless of the team they cheered for.
The United States is one of the hardest working countries in the entire world; the 40-hour workweek is among the lengthiest among developed countries. There are 10 federal holidays that will be observed in 2014, some of which still require people to show up to work. If people are allowed to commemorate Columbus Day, a holiday commemorating a man who enslaved and murdered millions all the while destroying the culture of indigenous people, why not allow a day off to recuperate from the Super Bowl party we attend year after year? Who wouldn’t want a four-day work week after such a big party?
“We the People,” the section of the whitehouse.gov where anyone can create a petition, was launched on Sept. 22, 2011 to give the average American to create and sign petitions that affect our nation. Some of the past petitions include a government-funded “Death Star” and to have Justin Bieber deported from the United States. Upon reaching 100,000 signatures, the White House must deliver an official response. Dozens of official responses have been made, but nothing has been enacted to date.
If you would like to help create an official federal holiday following future Super Bowls, sign the petition by clicking this link.