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Walker support of Chavez holiday questioned

 
Walker support of Chavez holiday questioned
Posted Thursday, February 13th 2014 @ 9am  by Associated Press

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Gov. Scott Walker says he has no problems creating a voluntary state holiday honoring labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

However, the Democratic-sponsored bill to do that appears to be going nowhere in the Republican-controlled state Legislature. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jocasta Zamarripa, says that Walker told her during a meeting last month that he supported her bill.

The proposal would require state agencies to designate March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day and give state employees the option of taking a paid day off in lieu of another paid holiday. California, Colorado and Texas have passed a similar law.

Chavez founded the United Farm Workers in 1962 and used nonviolent forms of protest to advocate for worker rights.

 

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