…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.

So what?

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.

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