June 17 could become a public holiday for workers in Huntington Town
June 17 could become a public holiday for workers in the town of Huntington.
Juneteenth is the celebration that stems from the fact that slaves in Texas were not informed that they were “free” for more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1, 1863. Since the June 19, the date the news arrived, was celebrated by blacks, and others, across the country to commemorate the day.
City supervisor Chad Lupinacci plans to propose a series of resolutions at the May 11 city council meeting to change three employee contracts that would establish the new holiday and make it an official day off in 2022.
Juneteenth celebrates the fulfillment of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, he said.
“It is very important to recognize the emancipation of those enslaved in the United States and to be able to reflect on the contributions that people have made during this time and to be able to recognize the significant progress that we have made as that country since then, says Lupinacci.
The resolutions will call for making Lincoln’s birthday a celebration of June 10 to create a holiday celebrated on June 19.
Lincoln will always be commemorated in February on the City Presidents Day, Lupinacci said.
City council must vote to change the white-collar and blue-collar contracts and the blue-collar monitoring contract to establish the combined leave.
Lupinacci said 90% of the city’s staff are unionized with the exception of confidential secretaries, executive assistants and department heads.
All city employees would receive a one-off bonus on June 17 this year.
Last year, after protests across the country followed the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis, some municipalities, businesses and institutions declared June a public holiday after politicians and civil rights officials have called for the date to be a federal holiday.
Juneteenth has been declared a holiday for employees in New York State in 2020.
The Huntington Blue Collar Resolutions will address two other issues.
The city council will vote to extend the two blue collar contracts for one year.
Changes to blue-collar contracts would also establish a one-time pandemic compensation program for eligible employees who were not working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lupinacci said.
Eligible employees could get up to five days of paid leave for time worked between March 16 and June 8, 2020, according to a formula created by city officials. If the schedule is approved, the time must be used by June 2022.
“In a time when the whole world was being told to stay home early and throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, some essential city employees showed up to work in person to take on high-level tasks. risk necessary to ensure safety. of our community in a time of mass uncertainty, ”Lupinacci said.