The word “Juneteenth” was born by mixing June and nineteenth. If this is new to you, verify out its history as a single of the oldest celebrations commemorating the stop of slavery in the United States, relationship back again to June 19, 1865, when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and explained to slaves about their emancipation from slavery.
Deval Patrick, the Commonwealth’s initial Black governor, did not make Juneteenth a legal condition holiday getaway, though he did indication a proclamation in 2007 that honored the working day. Final calendar year, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law that June 19 would come to be the newest yearly condition holiday. Initiatives close to the state are planning for the inauguration of the state’s initial celebration nevertheless, Juneteenth has very long been celebrated by Black communities, each domestically and nationwide.
I love and respect each individual section about Juneteenth. Even so, I am very bothered that as significantly as Massachusetts law is worried, municipal employers are in no way obligated to offer workers with vacation shell out or depart, but retail companies are bound to shell out employees a high quality price of 1.2 periods their common price this 12 months, and 1.1 moments their common rate in 2022.
So the Commonwealth, flush with cash, is exempt from paying out additional time to its workforce, but the battling mom-and-pop organizations are pressured to pay back their workers top quality level? Where’s the justice here?
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be read weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Make contact with him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The views expressed in this commentary are solely these of the writer.