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June 16: State officials want private employers to provide paid leave to their employees

Pittsburgh (KDKA)-Monday, June 20th is the federal holiday on June 16th, which is Sunday this year.

It’s not a paid leave for everyone.

When President Joe Biden signed a law last year that made Juneteenth a paid federal holiday, most Americans (62 percent) knew little or no about the holiday. This year it has dropped to 40%, which is also a paid leave for some.


June 16: State officials want private employers to provide paid leave to their employees

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State officials want private employers to provide employees with paid leave for Juneteenth

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Crystal McCormickWare, Chief Diversity Officer at Duquesne University, is not surprised that many Americans are new to Juneteenth.

“It’s not the subject that is integrated into our regular history books,” Ware said. “It was omitted for a while, and it took me to learn about Juneteenth through family folklore.”

According to the Pew Research Center, 24 states, including Ohio and West Virginia, legally made June 16 an official paid state holiday.

In Pennsylvania, which is an official state holiday, Governor Tom Wolfe also negotiates with state unions to provide paid leave.

Some lawmakers say it’s time to get all public and private employers to recognize Juneteenth on paid holidays.

“It’s timeless,” said D-Manchester Rep. Aerion Abney. “It’s definitely a thing of the past. At Harrisburg, there are many issues and priorities to focus on. It’s simple.”

Rep. Martell Covington, D-Homewood, added:

Private employers in Pennsylvania are free to do whatever they want on vacation, and some employers offer paid leave to their employees. The number has increased since last year.

County and local governments are free to do whatever they want.

For example, the Allegheny County office is not open to the public, but county workers may be working under union contracts. The county has not added any additional paid leave to the calendar.

June 16: State officials want private employers to provide paid leave to their employees

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