SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Council members have not found a way to make Martin Luther King Day a paid holiday for municipal workers in Sioux City.
The City Council discussed the issue on Monday, trying to figure out how to deal with different union contracts and pay extra money to maintain key city services on the holiday.
The Sioux City Chapter of the NAACP for 27 years has asked city leaders to recognize the slain civil rights leader’s birthday as a holiday. The county, state and federal governments already have done so.
Dick Hayes of the NAACP told the council that “it’s time to do the right thing.”
The city recognizes several holidays under which city workers get paid days off, depending on union contracts.