Kansas City makes Juneteenth a paid holiday for city workers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – June 19, the celebration recognizing the Emancipation Proclamation, is now officially a statutory holiday for employees working for the City of Kansas City.
And not only is it a vacation, but a paid vacation for city workers. City council members who approved the plan are encouraging employees to use the day for community service.
“June 17 is one of the oldest known celebrations of the end of slavery in America,” said 3rd District Councilor Melissa Robinson.
“From my perspective, the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the moral and human actions, if not the most important, of our nation,” said Robinson.
The move follows on from a larger discussion that began after last year’s unrest over the police treatment of people of color.
Robinson said the decision to create an employee vacation had broad support.
“It’s so important to know that as a city we recognize this history,” said Robinson.
“There is a tax note: and this action is expected to cost the city $ 840,000 per year for employee overtime, and it is expected to increase over the years with the salary increases. The investment in making Juneteenth an annual holiday sends a tangible message to each of our employees that we will never forget, ”said Robinson.
The June holiday for Kansas City employees will be the third Friday of every June. It is important to note that this only affects Kansas City City employees and not other businesses.
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