US labor movement show the way on a Community Day holiday
The TUC supports the idea of a new Bank Holiday in the holiday-free zone of October, and we’re involved with an alliance called “Community Day” because we want the day to be a focus for voluntary work to strengthen local communities. In the USA, trade unionists have just put that idea into practice by getting their sleeves rolled up and getting stuck in, as the AFLCIO blog describes:
“Responding to President-elect Barack Obama’s call to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to their communities, more than 20,000 AFL-CIO union volunteers in 41 cities will provide services to those in need this weekend and on Jan. 19—the official King holiday.”
Something we could emulate with a new Bank Holiday?