A proposed California assembly bill to alter the school holiday code has received some criticism.
AB 3042 would designate that school districts who observe May 1st as International Worker’s Day also combine Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays into one President’s Day. The latter has caused controversy over those who think both Presidents should be honored.
Sacramento Assembly Democrat Miguel Santiago, who authored AB 2042, says he doesn’t understand why people are so mad.
“It aligns it with the federal government. The federal government currently celebrates Washington’s birthday, but it only has one holiday which is February 19th, and most school districts currently celebrate President’s Day currently on that same day.”
Santiago was also asked why International Worker’s Day should be celebrated when Labor Day already honors workers.
“Well Labor Day is about the American workers’ holiday, what we were proposing is, let’s talk about workers, but let’s also talk about immigrant workers.”
Meanwhile, Assembly Republican Matthew Harper, from Huntington Beach, couldn’t disagree more and says the May 1st date symbolizes a specific political ideology that has nothing to do with immigrants or US workers.
“What this does is allow school districts to add May Day, aka International Socialist Workers Day and that’s the big difference between the US and the rest of the world. When President Grover Cleveland adopted Labor Day in the beginning of September, it was a mainline labor movement to make sure the labor movement in the US wasn’t affiliated with the labor movement associated with socialism and communism which is what May 1 represents. That’s why they chose that day because it’s an affront to the United States.”
Santiago and Harper were guests on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News