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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Legislation adds a paid holiday to California government calendar

State workers would get back a holiday they lost four years ago under the terms of legislation introduced Monday by Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina.

The government would shut down for Native American Day on the second Monday in October, replacing what used to be the Columbus Day paid holiday on the state calendar.

If the measure becomes law, it would restore a portion of what lawmakers took away from state workers in 2009 when they thinned the state schedule from 13 paid holidays to the current 11 by axing Columbus Day and Lincoln's Birthday. Eventually, state workers received two floating days off each year that offset the lost holidays.

From the Hernández press release announcing the measure:

"This legislation is inspired by the recognition that the so-called discovery of the America's by Columbus eventually led to the genocide of Native Americans. This bill hence provides the proper respect and recognition to our Native American nations."

The wholesale elimination of the Columbus Day holiday in 2009 particularly galled SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker, who urged members to stay home that day -- although it was never clear how many followed her suggestion and risked being disciplined…..The State Worker: Legislation adds a paid holiday to California government calendar#more#more#more

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