The spur of the moment Juneteenth declaration following the congressional approval (415-14 vote) and presidential signing Thursday will be an economic shot in the arm for some government workers, but cost untold millions of dollars for taxpayers.
The “instant holiday” caught agencies as divergent as local police and U. S. Postal service unaware. As a result, Boise coppers will be receiving holiday pay along with federal postal workers.
In Boise for example, firefighters will get eight hours pay back, and general workers will receive a “floating holiday.”
The copper union contract gives them double time and a half for holidays. If they are not working they get 10 hours (1 day’s pay). The contract is for “any holidays passed by congress.”
Ada County was blindsided and had not implemented a policy by Friday regarding holiday pay.
Pandering to the masses to get the holiday designated so quickly was an ill-advised costly political move in the GUARDIAN’S opinion. Instead, the holiday should have been instituted on June 19th, 2022.
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