…that it is Martin Luther King Day, and I am at my office working.
My employers do not recognize this federal holiday, even though it has been officially observed in all 50 states since 2000, after being created by a bill signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.
I am embarrassed for them.
A co-worker tells me this is because we instead get the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday…not to mention that we don’t work on Good Friday.
I am still embarrassed for them. It’s a federal holiday, not a bargaining chip.
I’ve read several articles recently that only about a third of U.S. employers will give all or most of their workers a paid holiday today.
I’m embarrassed for them, too.
Our federal government has a holiday today. The stock markets are closed. Public and private schools. Banks. The Post Office. The Department of Motor Vehicles. Et cetera.
We made a decision as a country to honor Martin Luther King on this day by making it a federal holiday. I haven’t read the entire bill signed into law by Ronald Reagan, but I don’t think there is a paragraph or clause in it anywhere that says the date and terms are negotiable.
So sayeth the StickMonkey.