Monday, January 21, 2013

Who gets the day off, and other MLK Day news

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM


Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been observed as a national holiday since 1986, but the latest Bloomberg poll shows that most employees don’t get to observe it as a paid holiday. In a survey of 628 employers, only 32 percent said all or most of their employees get a paid holiday.

But really it depends on the type of employer: More than half of “non-business organizations” — like government offices, hospitals, schools and nonprofits — give employees the day off. On the other hand, only 7 percent of manufacturing companies do.

Here in Spokane, more than a thousand people gathered for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. A number of other events already happened this weekend, but tomorrow the University of Idaho is hosting a screening of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at 12:30 pm to mark 50 years since the speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And on Wednesday at 11:30 am, Spokane Falls Community College is hosting an MLK Day celebration with DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

 

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...