York County SC vote makes June 16, Veterans Day, a paid holiday – Low Calorie Diets Tips

York County employees could soon have two new paid holidays.

York County Council voted Monday night to add June 16 and Veterans Day to its list of paid employee holidays. The first vote will be followed by two more, plus a committee review before it is finalized. York County has more than 1,100 employees.

The time-out would mean that district services would close two more days a year – as they now do for recognized holidays such as Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Day and others.

June 19 is recognized as June 19, but since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the day off for many companies was Monday.

“With the federal government making June 16 a national and federal holiday last year, I just felt it was necessary to honor the holiday locally,” Councilor William “Bump” Roddey said. “I know we have several other holidays that we don’t recognize, but I think this one deserves recognition.”

The county grants nine paid holidays and three voluntary or personal holidays that employees can take each year. Originally, Roddey said, the idea of ​​adding Juneteenth came up as another option for an in-person or floating vacation. Then the idea of ​​adding Veterans Day came up.

“The question now is, are we going to close the county and make this one closed employee holiday, or are we going to make it two floating holidays?” Roddey said.

Councilor Robert Winkler, who proposed the addition of Veterans Day, said since both are federal holidays, the county should close.

“In my mind, a floating vacation is just another day off,” Winkler said.

One of the current floating holidays may have been introduced for Veterans Day, Winkler said. But he’s not sure.

“We don’t know if we’re honoring Veterans Day by laying it off or not,” Winkler said. “So if we’re going to honor those days, I think we need to honor them and close for those days.”

Councilwoman Allison Love said the floating holiday has value because it keeps county services open as not all employees would take it at the same time and, in her experience, store workers prefer the flexibility. But Love said she would contact county leadership about what county staffers want.

“I don’t think we should ever close unless we have to, but I think people prefer – I know all my staff would prefer – to have every day,” Love said. “Because they can take a day where they might celebrate that in a different way.”

District manager David Hudspeth said district staff were not interviewed but flexibility in planning a floating holiday could be attractive.

“I haven’t had any conversations with them, though,” Hudspeth said. “You can honor veterans by taking the day off, or honor the June 16 holiday by taking the day off.”

On Monday evening the majority of the council seemed ready to go with the closed/free days.

“If we’re going to celebrate the day, I think it should be on this day,” Councilor Brandon Guffey said. “I don’t think it should float. The purpose of the holiday is not just another day off. It’s supposed to recognize the tag, so I think it should be closed.”

Councilor Tom Audette doesn’t want the holidays to be wasted on free time.

“It gets lost if you don’t really celebrate the day it is,” he said.

Councilor Joel Hamilton agreed.

“It’s about recognizing veterans and the June 16 holiday and not necessarily just making county employees happy,” he said. “It is meant to recognize the importance of those days, and a floating holiday fails to recognize the importance of those individual days.”

Last year, the National Independence Day Act of June 16 declared June 16 a federal holiday. It is celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the date in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Tx. learned they were free and were recognized as US citizens. It celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

Veterans Day has a long history, beginning as Armistice Day, which became a federal holiday on November 11 in 1938 in recognition of the end of World War I. Since then, the holiday has changed dates and names, but is now recognized as Veterans Day on the original date of November 11.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. His primary interests are in church growth, communities, transportation and education in York County and Lancaster County. A Fort Miller native, he has received dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for reporting at Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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