Modified: June 1, 2022 12:03pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today announced that in recognition of Juneteenth, Monday, June 20 2022 will be a paid holiday for all Erie County employees. While Erie County buildings and offices will be closed, operations such as the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, the 911 call center, Parks and other essential services will remain open and these employees will be paid accordingly as a holiday.
“Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War, marking the moment in history the word spread across America that all men were free. This celebration is also an opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting that freedom, guarding it and teaching upcoming generations to do the same,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “We have recently concluded negotiations with bargaining units that represent the vast majority of our employees that include the Juneteenth holiday for their membership, so this action will now make it a holiday for the remainder of our employees this year. It is my hope that our Erie County family will use this day off to educate themselves, self-reflect, and to honor and celebrate the freedoms Juneteenth symbolizes.”
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