Monday, January 21, 2008
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was originally founded as a holiday promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King's death, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) introduced a bill in Congress to make King's birthday a national holiday, highlighting King's activism on behalf of trade unionists.
As someone previously mentioned, Hudson has decided that instead of giving its contractors six paid holidays as it has in the past, they have decided to give only five. The holiday that they got rid of? MLK day. Many firms and agencies have followed suit. So, sad, but I guess it is a sign of our times.