Commissioners shouldn’t set holidays

Published 11:00 pm Friday, October 5, 2012

Dear Editor,

Our County Commissioners should be ashamed of themselves.

They have just voted on the holiday schedule for county employees. Why is this at their discretion? A set number of days should on the calendar from one year to the next. If a reasonable and compassionate group of people would set a standing calendar, then our county employees would not be treated as they will be during the holiday season this year.

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Our Pike County employees are to receive one day of paid holiday at Thanksgiving. And Christmas holiday is scheduled for two paid holiday days. The commissioners said employees could request additional days off using their vacation days.

I can’t help but wonder if the Commissioners themselves will be taking only these three days off during the holiday season. As “part-time” employees of the county, they do not receive holiday pay. Yet, they do not work on holidays, as evidenced in the recent news of their not having a meeting on October 8, Columbus Day.

If you have continued to read this far, let me assure you, dear reader, I am not an employee of the county. However, this does concern me. Does anyone else think this is a shameful decision by the commissioners we voted into office?

Surely the employees of the County deserve better than this.

Kathryn J. Spivey

Troy, Alabama



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